Responsible New York Dog Owners Against Elijah's Law (A10169) sign now

We, the friends and members of the WEST VILLAGE DOG OWNERS GROUP, strongly oppose the passage of ELIJAH'S LAW(A10169), a frightening bill that proposes to place extremely burdensome requirements on dog owners throughout New York.

The West Village Dog Owners Group is supportive of reasonable, non-discriminatory legislation that allows responsible dog owners to enjoy their environment, while at the same time protecting all individuals from the actions of irresponsible dog owners. This proposed bill would accomplish neither.

This legislation has several provisions that run counter to our organizations philosophy, including the institution of mandatory liability insurance and the right by your municipality to determine, by breed, what constitutes a dangerous dog. Since this law was written in response to an unfortunate accident involving a dog and a 3-year-old child (Elijah Torres), the sponsors appear to be acting upon emotion rather than logic and sound reasoning.

New York City has laws regulating dog ownership that, if enforced, would have prevented Elijah Torres attack, but the current legislation is notoriously un-enforced. Rather than pushing for new legislation that could result in the abandonment and euthanasia of thousands of dogs, legislators should be calling for the enforcement of current dog ownership laws, including leash laws, licensing requirements and prohibitions on dogs trained to fight or attack.

Elijahs Law would make it mandatory for every dog owner to obtain a minimum level of liability insurance for his/her dog, and to purchase a collar tag that indicated such. The cost of insurance or the fine for non-compliance are both expected to exceed $150.00 and your dog can be seized, impounded and ultimately euthanized for a violation of this proposed law.

Further, despite the strong, if unenforced, laws on the books as of this writing, this legislation proposes to allow municipalities and localities to establish local dangerous breed ordinances, which could, in the extreme, result in the owner being charged with a felony, as they would be in possession of a deadly weapon. This would allow breed discrimination and strong abuse of the laws that are supposed to protect responsible dog owners.

These two items alone would support the logic for a review of the thinking behind this proposed legislationand should be enough to encourage a review of the local ordinances.

If this legislation is allowed to pass, requiring the registration, classification and insurance of so many dogs, it will be unenforceable, under-funded and ineffective in addressing the issue of problematic animals. It will also likely add to the problem of abandoned animals by flooding the already crowded shelter system with pets from good owners who are no longer able to meet the stringent financial requirements of the new law.

Accordingly, we urge Hon. William Magee, Chairman, and the fellow members of the New York State Assembly Agriculture Committee to vote NO on the adoption of A10169 Elijahs law.

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    I disagree with the nature of the bill. If current pet laws were enforced there would be no need for this bill. The intent of this bill is to protect the inocent from the poor pet owners, instead this bill punishes good pet owners undually. What's next, m
  • 07 September 2015977. Christopher G
    A breed of dog is not "Dangerous" with out be taught to be by it's owners... Do not punish the many, for the poor actions of the few...
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    Between Taxes and Insurance mandates I will not be able live in NY... You are drive tax payers to other states....
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