NYC Animal Services Expand

A new law in New York City will increase the hours of operation of shelters to help control feral animal populations and decrease euthanasia rates.

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Earlier this week, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg signed a law that will expand animal care and control services in the five boroughs. The bill will lengthen the hours city-run shelters can receive animals—two shelters in Queens and the Bronx will now be open for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and an additional shelter will soon be open 24 hours a day. Additionally, the law will increase fines against cat owners who neglect to neuter animal companions who roam outdoors. While the city shelters do practice euthanasia, Bloomberg says “[this law] will substantially enhance the scope of animal care and control services… and focus their efforts on increased adoption and reduced animal populations through methods other than euthanasia.”

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