Tedisco & Rosenthal Bill to Ensure No Pet Gets Left Behind Signed into Law

James Tedisco

August 23, 2018

Governor signs legislation passed by Senator Tedisco and Assemblymember Rosenthal to ensure companion animals are safely removed from a property after an eviction occurs

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D,WF-Manhattan) today announced that the Governor has signed their “No Pet Gets Left Behind Law” to protect pets from being abandoned after an eviction occurs.

In many instances, people are not home when they are evicted from a premises and come home to find their doors are pad-locked, denying them an opportunity to remove their belongings.  Sadly, there have been instances where this has occurred and families have been prevented from retrieving their beloved companion animals.

Tedisco and Rosenthal’s “No Pet Gets Left Behind Law” (S.7388B/A.8684B) would ensure that an officer executing an eviction warrant checks the property for companion animals and coordinates the safe removal of such animals with the evictee. If the officers can’t find those individuals, they will coordinate with an animal shelter or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to ensure the pets are cared for. 

Among other incidents, a marshal executing an order of eviction against a Brooklyn family locked the family out of the apartment when they were not home, leaving their two-year-old dog trapped inside a crate for two days until the family won a court order to enter the apartment and rescue the dog.

“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 bill passed in the Assembly -- and I thank all those advocates who attended Animal Advocacy Day for being a voice for those who have no voice, our companion animals,” said Senator Jim Tedisco, Chair of the Senate Social Services Committee and Senate Chair of NYS Animal Advocacy Day.

“The law may treat animals like property, but cats are not like couches and dogs are not like dining tables,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and Assembly Chair of NYS Animal Advocacy Day. “Animals are sentient beings, members of the family who rely on human care for survival. Plans must be made for their care in the event of an eviction, and this law will ensure that they are.”

This measure was one of Tedisco and Rosenthal’s priorities for NYS Animal Advocacy Day, which was held this past June 5th.