Meet Basil and O’Hara. O’Hara was born in our backyard and her mom and older brother still hangout. Basil just wandered into our lives one day. They’re both loving members of the family, and the state of New York wants to kill them if they wander out of the yard and/or lose their collars.
I should never be surprised by the stupdity from the state of New York, yet…
NYS Assembly Bill A05449 will destroy the currently mandated 5-day holding period for stray pets at animal shelters, by permitting them to be killed on intake for exhibiting “psychological trauma.”
(The bill is at that link above. Search for “psychological” and “at least during” to find pertinent passages)
While shelters will be required to make descriptions of found pets available to the public, the bill adds “AT LEAST DURING THE REDEMPTION PERIOD.”
There is no REDEMPTION PERIOD for a cat that was killed at intake.
Feral cats and scared pet cats will disappear into a big black hole. You may be putting up posters for months for a lost shy cat that could have been killed on Day One of being taken to a shelter by an angry neighbor, or well-meaning good Samaritan who assumed that would be the best way to get the stray cat they trapped back to her owner.
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