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What's Your Take: Oreo's Law?

What's Your Take: Oreo's Law?

This story begins with a pooch (not shown here) who was tossed out the window from six stories up by an insane person her owner. She was rescued by the ASPCA's Animal Cops, treated for her broken bones and other injuries by shelter's hospital, and named Oreo.

About five months later, she began acting aggressively toward people and other dogs in the NYC shelter and was set to be put down. However, another organization, Pets Alive, wanted to see if they could help her; their request was denied and the pooch was put down on Nov. 13 of last year. Based on this decision, Sen. Thomas Duane and Assembly Member Micah Kellner introduced "Oreo's Law," a statewide bill to prevent shelters from killing dogs and cats if a qualified 501(c)3 animal rescue group is willing to take them.

While I certainly don't want to see any animal suffer (or die), this does raise some questions for me — namely, what happens if the rescue then cannot "fix" or home the animal? Do you have an opinion about this legislation? Share your reasoning in the comments below.

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eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
:cry: I cannot believe what some people do. I would support this law!
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
I adopted an "agressive" adult cat with a questionable history (possibly abused, given up). I did it because I fell in love with her, and knew that even if she was aggressive, I would make sure she had a good home. It only took about 2 weeks for her to "blossom". She just needed the right home. Now she's really sweet and funny, very social, but most of all, she knows she's safe and is truly very happy. Someone could have been the perfect match for Oreo, it's a really sad story, and I would support that law.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
You can't judge a dog at a shelter while he's in his kennel. The stress of being in the kennel (with or without other dogs in their kennel), plus all the noise/barking of other dogs makes the dogs behave differently. Some shut down and cower or become shy when they would otherwise be outgoing dogs. Others become aggressive and protective of the only thing that is theirs - their cage. I used to always tell people to see the dog outside of the kennel. This is why a lot of shelters make it a point to walk the dogs outside of their cages, that way people can see the dog behaving more like himself.
bloomsgal8 bloomsgal8 7 years
Yogaforlife - That story makes me so mad, sick to my stomach and want to cry at the same time! Do these people that work there have ANY sense of morals?! I understand that animals are put down everyday around the United States, but a puppy...from fleas?! That is absolutely absurd and there should be some kind of penalty to a shelter that operates as such. Does not sound like a shelter but an executioner to me. I agree with Oreo's Law, though I see why there may be dangers. But after all, if an animal has an organization willing to adopt and put in the time to heal it, why should we stop that? It seems even more cruel. This hits close to home to me as well since I just adopted my dog 2 months ago from the shelter. At the shelter, he was extremely stressed out, shaking and whining the entire time. It is obvious that the noise completely stressed him out, and so that is why he was not adopted for so long. However, as soon as he is with people away from that cage his personality did a COMPLETE turnaround. He is the sweetest, happiest most obedient dog I have ever met and it just goes to show how sensitive they can be to their conditions. Oddly, he almost never barks! But that is okay with me...he's the silent type =)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I agree with this law. While my husband and I lived in Charlotte, my husband (a journalist) got sent to Gastonia to cover a story at the court house. He saw a malnourished 12-week old golden retriever/chow puppy wandering around outside the court house. Police officers/people kept walking right past the puppy, some kicking it out of their way, others just ignoring it. So he pulls a police officer aside and asks them for the number for animal control, because my husband being an animal lover like me, wanted the animal to go to a shelter rather than walk the streets. So he calls and waits and the County Animal Control comes and gets the puppy and takes it to the county pound. In the meantime, I contact a local licensed rescue group and arrange for them to take the puppy if it's not claimed by it's owner at the pound. The three days is up and nobody claims the puppy, so it should have been put up for adoption. The rescue group goes to get the puppy from the pound so they can put it up for adoption and are told the puppy is scheduled to be euthanized because of illness. It's illness - FLEAS! The county pound tries to minimize costs and puts as many dogs down as possible and has a reputation of never putting up dogs for adoption. My husband and I did not know this, otherwise we would have taken the puppy rather than call animal control. So my husband gets a call from the rescue group saying the pound won't release the puppy to them because it has fleas and is scheduled to be euthanized. So of course, we start filming this story about it and were going to put it on the evening news, and the pound decided to release the puppy to the rescue group only after the threat of being put on the news for it. The pound made the rescue group pay a $100 fine for having an "unlicensed pet offleash" before the puppy could be removed from the pound. Puppies are readily adopted. Fleas are not an illness - almost all animals that have lived on the streets have fleas. You can get rid of those with a 5 minute flea dip. I do think that if a licensed rescue group wants to take an animal from a publicly funded shelter, that there should be a law to prevent the shelter from putting the animal down.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I completely agree and although I don't agree with Ceaser's training methods I do think someone should let him create his golf course dog home for those dogs that can't be helped so they can live out their lives in peace.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Having just adopted a dog from a shelter yesterday, this hits close to home! (Just took her to the vet today and found out she is heartworm positive :(:(:( ) I realize why the request was denied. They didn't want people to get hurt. However, I think the law is a good idea. It is possible that Oreo's experience or time in the shelter and not in a suitable home was what was making her so aggressive. However, a licensed rescue program has people who know how to deal with dogs. They should've been allowed to try to help her. I hate the thought of euthanasia as much as you FuFu, but the idea that shelters should be "no-kill" shelters does not have a realistic grip on how big a problem pet overpopulation is in the U.S. It is just huge. 6 million - 8 million pet enter the rescue system a year!! The sad reality is that no facility in any community is ever large enough or well-funded enough to shelter all of the unwanted pets in their area.
kurnu kurnu 7 years
I agree with Oreo's law. What worries me is what was done (legally) to Oreo's owner? They punished Oreo but how about the abusser?
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 7 years
Can you blame an abused animal for having issues with trust? It makes sense for them to be unsure of people when they're treated so horribly. I don't think there is any case that is hopeless, with the right organization and caring, patient people most animals will learn trust and good pet behavior. It makes me so sad when I see an animal put down because people aren't willing to give the animal the time to heal. The only cases in which I think it may be acceptable to put an animal down is in cases of terminal illness or if the animal is a threat to itself.
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