New York State has gotten a lot more welcoming to pet owners thanks to a new law that ensures that no pet will be “Left Behind.”
The New York State Legislature passed a bill that requires landlords who evict their tenants to reunite them with their lost or abandoned pets.
The “No Pet Left Behind” Bill ensures that owners can reclaim their pets after they are evicted. The bill needs to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to become law. The bill also requires landlords to make sure that pets are cared for if they cannot locate the owner or if the owner doesn’t want the pet.
The bill was started after the state experienced a rash of pets left behind after their owners were evicted.
“No pet should ever be left behind and abandoned like an old couch,” Sen. Jim Tedisco, a Republican who chairs the Senate Social Services Committee, told New York Post. “Those executing eviction notices and those leaving their home have a responsibility to make sure to check the property so an animal is not left behind to die.”
A Brooklyn family’s dog was locked inside a crate in their home after they were evicted in Sept. 2017.
They were allowed to free their dog two days after they won a court order that gave them permission to enter the apartment.
The poor dog was so hungry that she ate some of her chew toys.
“Evictions are hard enough without the fear that you may lose your beloved pet in the process. This bill will create a clear process that will protect animals and provide all New Yorkers with peace of mind that losing their apartment doesn’t also mean losing their pet,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).
There are many instances where residents aren’t home when they are evicted and have padlocks put on their doors preventing them from getting any of their belongings.
This can prevent pet owners from retrieving their animals.
The new law requires the officer who is executing the eviction notice to check the home for animals and make sure they are safely removed. If the pet’s owners aren’t found, the pets are given to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who will care for the animals.
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“Evictions are hard enough without the fear that you may lose your beloved pet in the process. This bill will create a clear process that will protect animals and provide all New Yorkers with peace of mind that losing their apartment doesn’t also mean losing their pet,” said Rosenthal.
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