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BILLS TO RESTRICT TETHERING AND TO INCREASE DOG LICENSE FEES SIGNED INTO LAW
09 Mar. 2011


 


Int. No. 328-A: Increase in NYC Dog License Fee/Animal Population Control Fund


 


Int. No. 328-A, sponsored by Councilmember Jessica Lappin, provides for an increase in the New York City dog license fee for unaltered dogs from $11.50 to $34.00. $25.50 of this money is earmarked to the new New York City Animal Population Control Fund. This fund was created pursuant to state legislation (provision requested for insertion in state budget bill by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal). The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required to use the money in the fund to provide no or low-cost spaying and neutering including, but not limited to, creating clinics or mobile units where such services are performed.


 


Int. No. 328-A, by providing increased funding for spay/neuter programs and financial incentive for people to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, should help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats.


 


Int. No. 425-A: Tethering Dogs


 


Int. No. 425-A, sponsored by Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr., prohibits restraining animals outdoors for longer than three continuous hours in any continuous twelve-hour period. Animals tethered for extended periods of time lead sad and miserable lives. Tethering also causes many dogs to become anxious and aggressive, thus creating public health concerns.  Int. No. 425-A, by limiting and regulating tethering, should reduce substantially the pain and suffering that chained animals endure.


 


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