New law protects pets, when owner gets evicted


Ensures Safe Removal and Care of Pets After an Eviction

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.7388B/A.8684B) to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction. The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of such animals with the evictee.

When an eviction order is executed, a marshal takes possession of the property located within the evictee's premises, prepares a written inventory of all items inside, stores the items for a specified amount of time, and then allows the evicted tenant to later retrieve their items. Current law does not distinguish between the treatment of a couch and an animal, which can result in the abandonment of pets. The law signed today addresses this oversight to help ensure the safety and care of pets.

Senator Jim Tedisco, Chair of the Senate Social Services Committee and Senate Chair of NYS Animal Advocacy Day, said, "Our companion animals are part of our families and give us unconditional love. No pet should ever be left behind and abandoned like an old couch. 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. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing the bill into law and Assemblymember Rosenthal for her efforts to get this passed in the Assembly -- and thanks to all those animal advocates for being a voice for those who have no voice, our companion animals."

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal said, "The No Pet Left Behind Law recognizes that pets should not be treated like property when their family is evicted, and it will ensure that plans are made for their care. Cats are not like couches, dogs are not like dining tables, and no family should go through what Tori and her family did when they were evicted."

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