New laws aim to help animals
It seems that some elected leaders are finally taking the issue of animal cruelty to heart, if some recently proposed laws are any indication. In New York a legislator has proposed “Oreo’s Law,” named after a dog that was horribly abused and mistreated – thrown off a six-story building, among other cruelties – and subsequently deemed unadoptable due to her resulting untreatable aggression. The ASPCA, which we think is a fine organization, declined an offer from an animal welfare organization to take the animal in lieu of it being put down. The public was outraged over the ASPCA’s decision, calling Oreo a “miracle dog” for surviving her six-story fall after her owner threw her off the building. Oreo’s Law would allow no-kill animal welfare groups to take in pets destined to be killed. One such group, which specialized in rehabilitating abused and neglected animals, offered to take Oreo and was rebuffed by the ASPCA. Halfway across the country, the Wisconsin governor is expected to sign legislation next week that will impose much stricter requirements on so-called puppy mills. Many expect the stringent standards to put many of these businesses out of business. Needless to say, we have no love lost for these folks, who not only overbreed animals for profit, but often do so with animals that are too young to be bred safely. With all of the dogs and cats in animal shelters, rescues, SPCAs and humane societies, we don’t need people indiscriminately breeding animals for profit.