Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Wish Wilkes Co was in NY

NY state legislators seem to take the business of needless dog killing seriously:

From the Office of Assembly Member Micah Kellner in Manhattan:

We are preparing to introduce legislation this week along with State Senator Tom Duane to require shelters to release any animal they plan to kill to a bonafide rescue group or humane organization which requests possession of [the animal].
The legislation is titled "Oreo's Law".

Added, 11-19-09: pdf of letter from No Kill Advocacy Center regarding Oreo's Law.


Rinalia said...

It will be interesting to see the language.

I wonder if they just mean something similar to California, which strongly encourages shelters to reach out to rescue groups before killing an animal. Or shelter transfers? Or do they mean that if you have a dog who has bitten ten people, wants to eat your first-born, well then any "qualified" rescue could snatch him up? What's a qualified rescue?

Anyway, probably shouldn't speak before the poor cat is out of the proverbial bag, yes? :)

YesBiscuit! said...

I don't know how specific the bill's language will get but I imagine the intent is to distinguish between a rescue with some form of business credentials and a person who sees a story on the internet and walks in saying "I'm a rescue".