New York May Get State Dog, Can We Keep Him?


Lawmakers are introducing legislation tomorrow that would give New York an official state dog. Assemblyman Micah Kellner and State Senator Joseph E. Robach are partnering up to give the honor to rescue dogs, as in dogs who are rescued and put up for adoption in shelters. Sure, Virginia has an American Foxhound as their official state dog and Pennsylvania has a Great Dane, but a rescue dog is, well, it’s very nice.

Assemblyman Kellner has provided foster care for several rescue dogs in the past. He will be joined by a former shelter dog during the bill’s introduction at City Hall tomorrow (“What’s that, Mr. Speaker? You want to vote against a bill honoring this special little guy here? Look at his face. Look at it!”).

The legislation is bipartisan, with Kellner being a Democrat from New York City and Roback a Republican from Rochester. Or, as the Times puts it: “you could call this a ‘tail’ of two cities.”

Shut up, New York Times.

Move Over, State Fish, to Make Room for a State Dog [NYT]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011

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