‘No pets left behind bill’ one step closer becoming a law

A bill to ensure that no pets are left behind during an eviction has passed the state legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

The legislation requires people executing eviction warrants to check for animals and make sure pets are reunited with their owners or properly placed and cared for if owners cannot be located.

“No pet should ever be left behind and abandoned like an old couch,” state Sen. Jim Tedisco, a Republican who chairs the Senate Social Services Committee. “Those executing eviction notices and those leaving their home have a responsibility to make sure to check the property so an animal is not left behind to die.”

The legislation is meant to prevent incidents like one encountered by a Brooklyn family that was locked out while their pooch was trapped in a crate for two days until a court ordered the landlord to let the pet owners inside where they could rescue their dog.

“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,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan. “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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