HAUPPAGUE N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed Legislator Sam Gonzalez’s Introductory Resolution 1347-20, a local law requiring animal shelters and rescues to provide an animal’s behavioral and bit history prior to adoption at the October 6th General Meeting.
In light of recent events in which adopted animals have induced significant physical harm, including an incident which resulted in a senior woman requiring thirty stitches, this legislation serves as an important step in ensuring the safety of Suffolk County residents.
Previously, numerous animal rescues and shelters on Long Island have continuously withheld an adopted animal’s aggressive behavior and bite information from the adopting individual. This poses an extreme risk not only to the prospective owner, but also to family members and young children within the community. Due to this legislation, all animal shelters and animal rescues within Suffolk County must now maintain records on the behavioral history of each animal.
“This legislation aids in ensuring that the saddening incidents of the past don’t repeat themselves, and is an important step to ensure complete transparency in the adoption process,” said Legislator Gonzalez.
Legislator Gonzalez remains committed to serving as an outspoken voice for the 9th Legislative District, and looks forward to continuing to advocate for the safety of all Suffolk County residents.