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Tax Relief for Pet Owners?

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Those who own horses are likely to get less strict water usage laws under a motion going through Los Angeles city council right now, but on a more national level congress looking into tax relief for pet owners.

The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act (more specifically, H.R. 3501) would allow individuals to deduct up to $3500 a year for "qualified pet care expenses," according to The Examiner. The broad expenses would include care as well as veterinary care but not any money spent towards the acquisition of the pet, which must be a “legally owned, domesticated, live animal.”

The bill will likely be looked at with stern eyes as it makes its way through the congressional process. It was introduced by Michigan Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who said the current major healthcare proposal will encourage "government-encouraged euthanasia."