Wonderful news over on Nathan Winograd’s blog – a possible law in NY state making it illegal for shelters to kill animals when there is a group or welfare organization willing to take them.
From Nathan’s Post “Betrayal at the ASPCA” –
‘Oreo’s Law’ Would Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life
MANHATTAN — A bill to allow animal welfare organizations the right to request animals be given to their care when a shelter is planning to euthanize them will be introduced in the State Legislature this week by Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner and State Senator Thomas K. Duane.
The bill is named Oreo’s Law in memory of a pit bull mix who became well-known after she survived abuse at the hands of her former owner, including a fall from a six-story building, but was eventually euthanized after the ASPCA determined she was untreatably aggressive. Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, specializing in the rehabilitation and care of abused animals, offered to take Oreo, but the ASPCA refused the request.
“As a dog owner and a foster parent for an animal rescue group, I was heartbroken to learn that Oreo was euthanized. When a humane organization volunteers their expertise in difficult cases, a shelter should work with them to the fullest extent possible.” said Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner. “I am hopeful that Oreo’s Law will ensure that no animal is ever put to death if there is a responsible alternative.”
Read the rest here, and do everything you can to support the passing of this law. It should be in place in every country, every state and every province. There is simply NO reason for dogs – or cats – to be put to death when there are groups willing to take them.
Are you listening, Tom Skeldon? This means no more killing Pit Bulls and Pomeranians, when there are groups lined up begging to give them a chance at life.
And speaking of Tom Skeldon, check out the people actually patting him on the back and saying he’s doing ‘the best he can with the resources he has’. Sort of reminds me of Bush’s famous quote, “You’re doing a hell of a job, Brownie”.