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Petitioning NYC Council Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito

NYC Government: Implement MANDATORY spay/neuter laws for large dogs and fines for breeding.


Everyday, New York City Animal Care and Control (ACC) kills on average 20 dogs, mostly large breed/pitbull mixes, for lack of adopters. This is backwards population control. Large dogs are not suited for city living and are rampantly dumped in the shelters because people do not have the means, facilities, or experience to care for them. Many pitbulls are bred and their puppies sold to make fast money, and too often the mothers are dumped in the shelter, still lactating, when their purpose has been fulfilled. Pitbulls are a "status" dog by some, and people buy these cute puppies but end up dumping or abandoning them as they get bigger because they can't take care of them. Currently, there is no regulation over these large animals. NYC is not farmland, and dogs are not livestock. Rescue groups are stretched to their limit trying to save these animals, working with kindhearted volunteer fosters but there are simply too many dogs and not enough homes. We need immediate MANDATORY neuter laws (with hefty fines for noncompliance), costly licenses (fees waived for rescues), and fines for breeding (especially backyard/basement breeders) to prevent exploitation of these animals and to ensure that only those with sufficient resources can acquire them. Why should these dogs have to pay for human greed and irresponsibility with their lives? It is not right. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" (Mahatma Gandhi). What does the mass killing of innocent animals say about our city? It's about time for responsible policy. It's time for neuter/spay and anti-breeding laws now!

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