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New York City ACC labeled Maverick as aggressive. That is not an aggressive dog in the video posted below, that is a scared frightened dog being shown no compassion! Why no muzzle if so aggressive? Why does everyone look relaxed and not worried if Maverick was so aggressive?

The horrific video, was recorded on Thursday, May 9th, at the NYC ACC kill pound in Manhattan. The video shows a 'vet tech' attempting to block the view of the brave young woman who kept recording ACC employees as they dragged a terrified dog named Maverick - who showed absolutely no sign of aggression - to the kill room.

Maverick's video:

Officer Teng stated he had no trouble with MAVERICK, and seemed surprised and taken aback to hear that he had been killed by NYC ACC. Officer Teng said the son in MAVERICK’s family brought the dog who was wagging his tail out to the police car and MAVERICK hopped right into the back, and rode calmly with Officer Teng without incident to the Precinct, where he remained calm and friendly until ACC later picked-up MAVERICK. Officer Teng stated that only the father of the family had ever had a problem with MAVERICK, who had bitten the father once before. Officer Teng clearly described a dog who was not unmanageable or vicious in any way, and was not, and did not need to be restrained at any time the Officer was with what he also described as a friendly and calm dog.”

How can something like this happen? Is it because there is no transparency in shelter reporting? And no one is held accountable?

We are the Campaign for New York CAPA, and we believe that companion animals deserve a safe haven when entering a ‘shelter.’ Animals should be provided proper care, medical treatment, socialization, training, compassion and the right to be treated humanely. These are things that sentient beings deserve and are entitled to.

We are asking for the Companion Animal Protection Act, the model legislation for shelter reform, to be passed in New York. This legislation is desperately needed to ensure that alternatives to killing healthy, treatable animals are implemented. We strive to be a strong voice for the voiceless and shelter reform is something that we stand strongly behind.

CAPA would require shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs including off site adoptions, use of the internet to promote their animals and varied adoption hours to facilitate the public.

CAPA would require shelters to be transparent with their statistics.

CAPA would prohibit the killing of a dog or cat when there is available kennel space or the animal can be transferred to another facility.

CAPA would prevent shelters from killing animals when a qualified rescue group is willing to save that animal.

CAPA would require shelters to notify participating rescue groups of all animals who will be killed and would grant registered 501(c)(3) organizations the right to rescue these animals on demand.

CAPA would also end the policy of rounding-up and killing community cats who are not social with people and do not belong in shelters.

CAPA would end the practice of killing 'owner surrendered' animals within minutes of arrival at the shelter without ever giving them a chance at adoption. It would also put an end to 'Silent Killing.’

CAPA would put an end to animals losing their lives for senseless reasons such as treatable colds and kennel cough, which are usually acquired after entering the shelter. They wouldn't die for simple behavior issues like mouthing on leashes or not getting along with other dogs. They wouldn't die from being confused and afraid in a terrifying unknown environment.

CAPA encourages shelters to follow the No Kill Equation, the only proven model for open-admission municipal shelters that has led to placement rates for 'Pit Bulls' of 99% in Austin, TX, and Muncie, IN, both of which are model No Kill communities that achieved their phenomenal success after passing the common-sense statutes of CAPA.

CAPA is designed to be implemented at no additional cost to taxpayers. In fact, CAPA would most likely save New Yorker's money as it saves lives, as has been demonstrated in the State of Delaware and in every city that has passed CAPA, where higher save rates have translated into an increase in the collection of adoption fees by shelters, and lower costs associated with killing and body disposal. Any additional costs resulting from animals living longer in shelters have been more than offset by the dramatic increase in adoption revenues and corresponding reductions in killing.

CAPA mandates that shelters form partnerships with 501(c)(3) rescue groups which absorb much of the costs of animal care, transferring expenses from government-run shelters to private charities, thereby alleviating the burden on taxpayers. This has been demonstrated in every community where CAPA has passed, including California, which passed CAPA-like legislation (the Hayden Law in 1999) that enabled rescue groups to save shelter animals threatened with death on demand of the rescue group.

We believe that the Companion Animal Protection Act will impact shelter animals in the best way possible. We ask that you stand with us and support this very important piece of legislation for New York.

If we don't stand up and demand humane treatment for these animals, who will…


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