Lask Gets Animal Safety Bill to Albany
In May, 2013 Susan Chana Lask worked with Albany resulting in legislation submitted today that every animal in NYS shelters will be accounted for at intake and disposition.
Assemblyman Steven Katz, a veterinarian himself, recruited Ms. Lask to assist in the legislation to protect animals in shelters. The legislation holds everyone accountable for our companion animals by mandating that shelters track their lives from intake to disposition (i.e-foster, adoption or otehrwise) to insure there are no indiscriminate deaths of these innocent animals.
NYS General Business Law§751. Legislative intent...declared that supervision by the state of the sale of dogs or cats by pet dealers is within the public interest and for the purpose of safeguarding the public and insuring the humane treatment of such animals by guaranteeing the good health of such dogs..." On May 8, 2013, consistent with that law and many others, Susan Chana Lask filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Agriculture to hold them accountable to enforce all laws to protect dogs and cats in shelters and elsewhere. Lasks lawsuit notes some of the $345 Million Dollars of NYS taxpayer money funds the Dept of AG and $117,000 is used by the Dept of Ag to protect puppies’ health and consumers from buying sick puppies, BUT the Dept. misuses taxpayer funds leading shelters to use tax money to KILL puppies. The Town of Huntington spent over $850,000 in 2011 of tax dollars to kill 900 of 1000 dogs and cats, or a 90% kill rate. More than 11,000 animals were euthanized at four Upstate NY shelters in the past three years despite over $25 Million in taxes paid to the region’s 52 non‐profit organizations received (see Lask's lawsuit).
1 http://www.animalsheltering.org/resources/policies_guidelines/carbon-monoxide-co-for-euthanasia-of-animals-in-shelters.html (note: as of May 10, 2013 TX banned gas chambers!!)