A new law co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) will protect animals in shelters across New York State. The law will give shelters a set of standards for everyone to follow to make sure that abandoned and surrendered dogs and cats get the same quality of care, housing, veterinary care, and nourishment at all facilities in the state.
The new legislation will require shelters to pass state inspections, and guidance will be given under the division of Agriculture and Markets. They will be regulated on the housing of the animals, the transportation of companion animals to and from public and private operations, and even the treatment of animals in foster care for rescues and shelters. This new law will help animal welfare groups make sure that homeless companion animals are getting the care they need.
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The new measures will also require prescription medications and medical treatment to only be given under the advisement of a veterinarian. In addition, all animals within two hours of intake must be assessed by trained staff and receive veterinary care given promptly for animals in distress or showing signs of illness or injury. Finally, exams will be required to identify behavior and medical conditions within 24 hours.
The measure was passed at the end of May in both the House and Senate as a part of the final actions of the legislative season in Albany. Violations could result in denial, revocation, suspension, or refusal of license renewal and even fines between $100 and $1,000 per violation.
Although the new standard may not take effect until 2025, this is a huge step for animal welfare. These should be requirements in every state to ensure that animals in care facilities are receiving the care that they need and deserve.
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