Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make Attending a Dog Fight in New York State a Felony

Some days I get Pollyanna (some days?) and say things like "it's getting better" or "this problem is being worked on." But anything having to do with creating legislation is a long and arduous process and it needs people's support throughout the process.

Yesterday an important bill passed the NY State Assembly, where, admittedly, it's a little easier to pass stuff because those in the Assembly know the Senate will be a stop-gap if people really hate the legislation on the table (think the US House of Representatives and the US Senate). But I don't think too many people are going to hate this.

At the moment, attending a dog fight in New York is a violation, which may even be less than a slap on the wrist. This law, advocated for by ASPCA, would make it a felony. Again, no mention of which class of felony, but at least it's moving in the right direction. Both New Jersey and Connecticut already make it a felony charge if you attend a dog fight.

Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to learn what you can do and to share it on social media. Since this just passed the Assembly, the ASPCA does need to give further instructions on what else we can do, but please keep it on your radar because the legislative session ends this week.

Thanks for your help.