21 April 2011

New York may adopt shelter dog as top dog of state

New York has a state animal, the beaver, but is lacking a top dog. Now two New York lawmakers have introduced legislation that would make shelter dogs the official canine of New York state.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner and Joseph E. Robach chose homeless dogs to bring awareness to the 12,000 dogs in New York shelters that need care and permanent homes. The assemblymen hope the bill will encourage people to adopt pets from animal shelters and animal protection groups.

The two lawmakers introduced the legislation today and were joined at City Hall by former shelter pooch Sarge Wolf-Stringer, who was rescued from an abusive owner and now works as a therapy dog with the elderly and hospital patients.

Assemblyman Kellner is a dog lover who has provided foster care for several rescue dogs in the past and is an advocate for animals in need.

And so there won’t be a cat fight, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is planning on introducing legislation to make shelter cats the state’s official feline.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City and writes about all things animal, vegetable, and sometimes mineral at her blog wildnewyorkblog.com. Visit her there to read about animal friendly lifestyles in the Big Apple and beyond. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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