NYS Bans Tattoos on Pets

Now that tattoos are more mainstream, it seems to be that some poeple are trying to get their pets tattooed. Recently, a tattoo artist in NY state tattooed his dog and in 2011 there were reports of someone selling “gothic kittens” that were pierced.

In many states, anti-cruelty laws make it a crime to intentionally inflict pain or suffering on a companion animal. New legislation in New York State now prohibits unnecessary body modification on companion animals. Specifically, the statute makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce a pet. This is beyond the tattooing that is used for identification purposes.

The legislation was endorsed by the Humane Society of New York and the Govenor. Anyone who is found to violate the law will be fined $1,000 and may receive up to a year in jail. The bill does provide exceptions for medical or identification purposes.

What do you think? Would you ever tattoo your pet just because you are tattooed?

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NY State Law Increases The Fines For Stealing A Pet

A new law now increases the maximum fine for stealing, harming, or transporting someone’s pet without their consent from $200 to $1,000 in New York State. According to Lohud this is the first time in 44 years that fine has been raised. With the rising number of pet thefts being reported and the recognition that pets are property but more than that emotionally, it’s an important step and sends a message that pet theft is a serious crime.

People who are found guilty of stealing a pet, removing a pet’s collar, or harassing a pet in any way will be punished with up to 6 months in jail and a fine. Many stolen animals are resold to unsuspecting families for profit or sometimes sold to research facilities. This new law hopes to crack down on this practice and also to remind pet owners to be more aware about leaving their pets outside or in places where they might be stolen.

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New Jersey: Time To Buckle Up Your Pets

Recently, Assemblywoman Grace Spencer proposed a new law that would require residents of New Jersey to keep dogs restrained while riding in cars either using a car seat, harness, or carrier. This is cut down on the chance of an accident due to being distracted by your pet. While some dogs ride in cars quietly and like to look out the window or lay down, other dogs may want to sit on their owner’s lap or end up underfoot by the gas and brake pedal. The new law would cut out variables for those of us who have dogs that fidget in the car.

According to a post by Bide A Wee, if a driver is found with their dog unrestrained, a fine of $20 would be given and possibly even charges of animal cruelty. CBSLocal.com published a poll of Garden State voters which found that they narrowly support the new law by a 45 to 40 percent margin. The biggest discrepancy came from dog parents, of which 38 percent support the legislation, while 48 percent of voters without dogs are in favor. Presently, dogs are not allowed to ride in the back of a pickup truck in New Jersey and some other states do not allow dogs to ride on the laps of drivers.

It can only take a few seconds of not watching the road for something to happen.

Keeping your dog restrained is safer for you, for them, and other drivers:

  • A loose dog can easily distract the driver or can block the steering wheel, gear shift, and pedals.
  • A loose dog can be injured or killed by an airbag.
  • Debris from the road can injure a dog’s eyes, nose and mouth when they hang their head out the window. Wind can also increase the chances of an ear infection.
  • In case of an accident or even stopping short, your dog can become a projectile.
  • In case of an accident, a loose dog can become a threat to emergency workers trying to rescue your from a damaged car or could escape and become lost.

Where does your pup sit when you two take off on an adventure in the car?

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Driving With Your Pup: Keep Her Restrained

Not all driving distractions are due to smart phones, changing the station on the radio, or eating while driving. Some are due to a tail in your face, a sudden bark that makes you jump, or a thud that makes you turn around quickly. More and more states are realizing that our pets can get in the way of keeping our eyes on the road.

Just as we wouldn’t let our kids ride in the car without a seat belt, our pets shouldn’t roam freely in the car. There are many dogs who are are great in the car and lay down or look out the window and don’t get in the way but some dogs get very excited and want to bark at passing cars, bikers, and people. Other dogs like to sit on their owner’s laps as they drive, and others trample around the interior jumping from the back to the front of the car. These can cause distractions and could contribute to an accident.

Unrestrained pets could get seriously injured if the car stops suddenly because they can fly around in the car. A few states have passed laws that require animal restraints in moving cars. Some of the laws only pertain to animals riding in the exterior such as the bed of a pickup truck or trailer. However, more and more states are realizing that safe driving also means making sure the interior of the car is safe, that our pets are not distracting us.

In New Jersey, you can be stopped by an officer if you are improperly transporting an animal and receive a ticket. It’s important to make sure your pet is in a seat, not distracting you or other drivers, and not blocking your view. Hawaii does not allow pets to ride on their owners laps while driving, so does Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine. You can be pulled over and ticketed or fined.

Numerous types of restraints are available at your local pet store, some are harnesses that you can use with a seatbelt, others look like pet beds, and others are travel crates. This keeps your pet safe, keeps you from being distracted, and cuts down on the chances of an accident. Statistics say it only takes looking away for 2 seconds for something unexpected to happen while driving.

It’s better to safe, so if you’re planning on some road trips, invest in a safety restraint for your dog. Even if it’s just the usual car rides to the dog park, restraining your dog is important. I saw a dog jump out the window of a car at a red light last summer. Luckily, the pup was fine but it certainly scared everyone who was driving. And the driver had to pull over and get her dog back, but I can’t imagine what it would have been like if her dog did that as she was driving down the avenue. Be cautious, be careful, and do what is best for you and your pets. They’ll thank you for it.