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New York to Hear Ownership Limits Bill on Tuesday, June 2

(Friday, May 29, 2009)

The New York Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled a hearing for Senate Bill 5392 on June 2, 2009. This bill will limit ownership to no more than 50 intact dogs and cats over four months of age if they are kept for the purpose of breeding and selling the offspring.

In addition SB 5392 allows New York police officers, officers of the ASPCA and any other "duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals" to seize animals kept in violation of the limit law as long as a complaint has been issued. A warrant must be issued before the animals may be taken.

The AKC strongly opposes Senate Bill 5392. While we are extremely concerned about the conditions in which some dogs are kept, the AKC believes that numerical limits do not address the underlying issues of responsible ownership and proper dog care. Limiting the number of dogs that may be owned does not automatically result in better dog owners. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs without restricting the rights of owners or breeders who take their responsibilities seriously.

We believe that concerns about animal health and welfare can and should be addressed through animal cruelty laws and local nuisance ordinances, rather than arbitrary limits on dog ownership.

How You Can Help

  • Attend the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing and express your opposition to Senate Bill 5392. The information on hearing is as follows:

    Senate Agriculture Committee
    Tuesday, June 2, 2009
    9:30 a.m.
    Legislative Office Building, Room 904
    Albany, New York 12247

  • If you are unable to attend, contact the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 5392.

Click here for a sample letter to personalize and send.

The contact information for the committee is as follows:

Senator Darrel Aubertine (Chairman)
Phone: (518) 455-2761
District office: (315) 782-3418
Fax: (518) 455-6946
E-mail: aubertin@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Neil Breslin
Phone: (518) 455-2225
E-mail: breslin@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Phone: (518) 455-3451
District office: (718) 643-6140
Fax: (518) 426-6854
E-mail: montgome@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
Phone: (518) 455-3161
District office: (716) 631-8695
Fax: (518) 426-6963
E-mail: ranz@senate.state.ny.us

Senator James Seward
Phone: (518) 455-3131
District office: (607) 432-5524
E-mail: seward@senate.state.ny.us

Senator William Stachowski
Phone: (518) 455-2426
District office: (716) 826-3344
Fax: (518) 426-6851
E-mail: stachows@senate.state.ny.us

Senator David Valesky
Phone: (518) 455-2838
District office: (315) 478-8745
Fax: (518) 426-6885
E-mail: stachows@senate.state.ny.us

Senator George Winner
Phone: (518) 455-2091
District office: (607) 732-2765
Fax: (518) 426-6976
E-mail: winner@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Catharine Young
Phone: (518) 455-3563
District office: (716) 372-4901
Fax: (518) 426-6905
E-mail: cyoung@senate.state.ny.us

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.

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