Dogs and cats are part of the family and deserve to be with their loving families…even during hard times.
A bill regarding no pets left behind during evictions just passed the state legislator and is headed to the governor for a signature into law. The bill will protect pets and prevent a reoccurrence of a Brooklyn family incident. The family was evicted from their property, but the landlord changed the locks on the property with their Pit Bull dog inside. The dog was stuck inside a crate for two days, until a judge ordered the landlord to open the property so the family could rescue their beloved dog.
The new legislation would require anyone evicting a person or family to check the property for pets. The New York Post states, “The legislation would require an officer or marshal to check the property for “the presence of a companion animal “ before executing an eviction order.” If an animal is found it must be reunited with its owners, or properly cared for if the family is not reachable. California already passed a similar law to protect innocent animals.
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Sometimes the animal pays the price in evictions. The person fell on hard times and could not afford to pay rent, so the animal is left behind without food or water. This new law would help save the lives of countless animals that are abandoned in vacant homes when the “owner” cannot care for them. All animals deserve to live in a loving home that cares for them properly.
“Pets are treasured members of the family, and this bill, once it’s signed into law, will ensure that every member of the family stays together, even during an eviction,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal tells New York Post. “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.”
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