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Southern strays flood NYC canine shelters

Every weekend, scores of stray canines from the South are imported into New York City.

Vans packed to the roof with crated canines cruise into the town after hours on the street.

The canines are then handed off to foster “parents” — and finally adopted for lots of of {dollars}, payable to the non-profit rescue that organized for his or her transport.

City canine advocates observe that extra favorable climate plus an absence of spay/neuter legal guidelines within the South imply extra strays there. Rescues then “pull” the canines up right here, away from kill shelters. Though many find yourself with loving households, the apply additionally contributes to overcrowding in metropolis shelters, in accordance with the ASPCA and different teams.

The crates holding the animals were stacked unevenly to the ceiling of a 15-passenger van with temporary plates.
The crates holding the animals had been stacked erratically to the ceiling of a 15-passenger van with short-term plates.
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Every weekend, scores of stray dogs from the South are imported into New York City.
Every weekend, scores of stray canines from the South are imported into New York City.
J.C.Rice

One late-August Saturday morning, The Post noticed dozens of canines being unloaded within the South Street Seaport.

They had been introduced up straight from Georgia below the aegis of Waldo’s Rescue Pen, a tax-exempt canine rescue primarily based in Manhattan.

The crates holding the animals had been stacked erratically to the ceiling of a 15-passenger van with short-term plates.

That identical morning, The Post noticed the same operation underway at Madison Square Park: canines being distributed from a van pushed from Texas by Hearts & Bones Rescue, which didn’t return messages in search of remark.

Badass Animal Rescue advertises the identical mannequin. The Brooklyn-based rescue gives “sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high-kill pounds in the rural south.” The rescue additionally didn’t return emails.

Unofficial information present hundreds of canines are imported into NYC shelters. Last 12 months, 3,274 shelter canines had been transferred into New York City, in accordance with Shelter Animals Count, a non-profit that maintains a nationwide database. That exceeds the two,304 canines surrendered within the metropolis by their homeowners, and is just below the variety of stray canines picked up inside the 5 boroughs, 3,297.

There’s no official depend of simply what number of stray canines from the South are imported into New York City. New Yorkers should license their canines with the Health Department, however the purposes don’t ask for fatherland.

Unofficial data show thousands of dogs are imported into NYC shelters.
Unofficial information present hundreds of canines are imported into NYC shelters.
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Dozens of canines, most pit-bull mixes, are listed on the rescues’ web sites.

Local advocates say the influx of canines from outdoors the town means extra canines should be put down right here.

Rescues should register with the state Department of Agriculture & Markets — however that’s the extent of governmental regulation.

“Unfortunately, while pet stores are regulated and inspected, rescues are not. There are no laws for their activities except to be registered,” the state company instructed native whistleblowers in a latest electronic mail. “Currently, there are no enforceable state laws against rescues.”

Spokeswoman Jola Szubielski confirmed the company has no “inspection authority” for rescues, “as it does with pet dealers.”

ASPCA shelter-services govt Christa Chadwick stated: “Animal homelessness is a complex problem requiring multi-faceted solutions. Among the challenges, in some areas, there are animals at risk of euthanasia due to oversupply, while in other areas, they are at risk of euthanasia because they have medical and behavioral challenges that require intensive support and resources to help them find the right homes.”

A rep for the Animal Care Centers of NYC, a taxpayer-funded non-profit that runs the town’s public shelters, stated the canines of Dixie compete for adoption with their Yankee counterparts.

“There are many dogs coming into NYC from southern shelters, because they have a much greater chance of getting adopted in the northeast. There are also great dogs that are needing homes right here in NYC. And these are the dogs that ACC is trying to get adopted,” the rep, Katy Hansen, instructed The Post.