8/17 Hearing Set for Proposed Amendment to Local Law 59

If passed, Department of Health will not regulate TNR in NYC

August 13, 2012

Local Law 59, passed by the City Council in 2011, relieved the city of its obligation to build full service shelters in the Bronx and Queens. In addition, the law required the Dept. of Health to issue regulations concerning the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in New York City. The Dept. of Health is now asking that Local Law 59 be amended to repeal its obligation to issue any TNR related regulations.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00 am. Location is 250 Broadway, 16th Floor Committee Room. 

From the outset Neighborhood Cats believed it was unnecessary and a needless threat to the development of TNR in NYC for the Dept. of Health to have been ordered to regulate its practice in any manner. In our view the private animal welfare community has successfully implemented a city-wide TNR program without any government oversight. We fully support the repeal of this provision of Local Law 59 and encourage you to support the proposed amendment as well by attending the 8/17 hearing* and by contacting your council member to register your approval.

To view a copy of the proposed amendment to Local Law 59 click here.
To contact the New York City Council to voice your support for the amendment click here.

*If you plan to attend the hearing and wish to testify, note that speakers are allotted three minutes each. You should bring 20 copies (double-sided) of your written testimony to the hearing. Please be sure to bring photo ID which is required for admittance to the building.