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GOOD NEWS: Pataki signs bill to help dogs!

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  • Jenie
    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lidog243466789sep24,0,7606896.story?coll=ny-homepage-longisland-utility (Please vote on this page too of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2003
      (Please vote on this page too of whether you agree with this law or not)

      Who Left The Dogs Out?

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      Chester, the golden retriever (Newsday Photo/David L. Pokress)
      Sep 23, 2003

      Kim Rissetto, left, and Susan DeBellas with Kelly and Prince (Newsday Photo/David L. Pokress)
      Sep 23, 2003

      Dog Protection?

      Do you support the new state law that calls for providing shelter for dogs left outside during inclement weather?

      Yes! It's the humane thing to do. (1510 responses)

      No! They're animals, for Pete's sake. (134 responses)

      I'm unsure! (25 responses)

      1669 total responses

      Talkback: Dog Protection Law
      On Tuesday, Gov. George Pataki signed into law a measure ordering that dogs left outdoors during bad weather be provided with a shelter. Do you agree or disagree? Do you already provide an outdoor shelter for your dog? Should the law be extended to other animals?
      Good for you A hunter--maybe someone will hit him with a tray shot !!
      Submitted by: The Rifleman
      2:21 PM EDT, Sep 25, 2003
      I love my dogs.
      Submitted by: Art Howe
      1:58 PM EDT, Sep 25, 2003

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      By Sumathi Reddy

      September 24, 2003

      It's a dog's heaven, the outdoors, a terrain where they are free to roam and to romp, to bask in the sun and play in the snow.

      But too much sun and fun, rain or snow, can be a dangerous thing for a dog. And so Gov. George Pataki signed a bill yesterday that makes it illegal for dogowners to leave their dogs outside in "inclement weather" without providing for adequate shelter.

      It's protection, not pampering, animal activists and legislators say, a means of stepping in before a dog gets seriously injured or dies.

      "This is to stop something before it really gets severe," said Assemb. Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale), who introduced the bill prompted by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "The reason being is that dogs left outside is probably the single largest complaint that law enforcement gets."

      The bill passed the Assembly unanimously June 19. The Senate approved it in a 54-7 vote later that same day.

      The law will take effect in 60 days. Violators can expect to be fined between $50 and $100 for their first offense and $100 to $200 upon a second violation. Inclement weather is defined as including but not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow or wind, as well as extreme heat and cold.

      "They must be desperate for money," said Susan DeBellas of Huntington yesterday with a laugh, as she took her dog out for a romp at the dog park at Coindre Hall in Huntington. But DeBellas was quick to express pleasure with the new law.

      Kim Rissetto of Huntington said she, like DeBellas, doesn't leave her dog outdoors unattended. But she had to call the police on neighbors once who left their dog outside in a thunderstorm.

      The law requires dogowners to provide for natural or artificial shade if they are restrained outdoors and sunlight could threaten their health. Dogs left outside during bad weather must have access to a structure with a waterproof roof, adequate insulation and space, and be kept clean. If it is deemed that an appropriate shelter is not being provided, a dog can be seized with a court order.

      The law fills a tremendous gap, said Stacy Wolf, director of New York State Government Affairs for the ASPCA.

      Wolf said the ASPCA has been trying unsuccessfully to pass similar bills for more than 10 years, some of which have included similar protections for other animals. "Starting with dogs is certainly an incremental step," she said.

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