Proposal To Require Training Before Adopting Dogs

New York assemblywoman introduces proposal that would require those adopting dogs to complete a training course.

Posted: October 4, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington introduced a bill last month that would strengthen animal cruelty laws and attempt to reduce incidents of animal cruelty in an effort to ensure the humane treatment of animals in the state, according to the proposal.

Proposed changes include requiring those who adopt a dog or cat from a shelter to complete a training program before receiving the pet. The program would incorporate teaching how to properly care for a dog or cat and inform the new owners of the penalties associated with animal cruelty charges. The training would be required for adults and children ages 6 and older.

Additionally, the bill calls for adding penalties to those convicted of animal cruelty, court-ordered psychiatric analysis for those who have committed animal cruelty and calls for to change the social service law so that those who are required to report child abuse are also required to report incidents of animal abuse.

The bill would amend the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law, and has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture where members will decide whether the state assembly should vote on the issue.

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Jan   Parma, OH

10/4/2007 5:19:25 PM

Although the bill originator's intentions are in the right direction, this could have the potential to deter "good" people from obtaining a pet. The negative effect could result in many unadopted dogs. I believe a majority of people will find this such an inconvenience that will not bother.

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megan   somewherein, OH

10/4/2007 4:35:41 PM

Sounds like a good law to me!

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D. Krulick   Ellenville, NY

10/4/2007 1:58:15 PM

Makes sense to have requirements for anyone who adopts a dog. Rescue programs all have requirements including an interview and a home inspection.

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Donna   Limington, ME

10/4/2007 11:24:52 AM

I like the fact that people should take a training class before being allowed to adopt an animal. But a 6 year old? Kindergarten training for dogs? I would think that responsible parents, especially after taking a course, should be able to teach their child what to do, and how to behave.

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