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“Oreo’s Law” Would Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life

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    “Oreo’s Law” Would Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life
    November 18, 2009

    The case of Oreo, an abused dog who was put down after her rescue by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSCA), brought to light a tragic loophole in our animal protection laws. This week, I am introducing legislation to close that loophole and save the lives of thousands of abused and injured animals in New York State.
    This new legislation will allow animal welfare organizations the right to request animals be given to their care when a shelter is planning to euthanize them. The bill will be sponsored in the State Senate by Senator Tom Duane.
    The bill, modeled on an existing law in California, is named Oreo’s Law in memory of the 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 that 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 humane organizations volunteer their expertise in difficult cases, shelters should work with them to the fullest extent possible. This legislation will give tragically abused animals like Oreo another chance at life.

    Official Press Release
    ‘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.”
    "The humane treatment of animals in the care of shelters is an issue about which I feel very strongly,"
    said Senator Thomas K. Duane, who will introduce Oreo’s Law legislation in the New York State
    Senate. "No animal should be put down by a shelter if a reputable humane or rescue organization is
    willing to assume responsibility for its well being. Oreo’s Law would make sure that in instances where
    animals aren’t rabid or physically suffering, such organizations have the authority to take possession with
    the payment of the normal adoption fee, and that Oreo’s sad plight will not be repeated."
    “We are deeply moved that Assembly Member Kellner and Senator Duane have taken up Oreo’s cause.
    We all need to be the voice for these innocent animals,” said Kerry Clair and Matt DeAngelis,
    Executive Co-Directors of Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary. “We have asked our local legislators to
    support the bill and we hope that Oreo’s tragic and unnecessary death will offer life to thousands of
    others.”
    Oreo’s Law is modeled after a provision in California state law, adopted there in 1998 as part of a
    general animal welfare reform package known as the Hayden Law (named after the Senator who
    authored it).

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