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Bill would ban landlords for requiring "declawing" & "debarking"

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

This bill is for the dogs, literally. Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio has introduced legislation to prohibit property owners from mandating tenants "debark" or "declaw" their animals.

"These acts are inhumane for any animal to go through, unless there is a real medical necessity.  Imagine if your ability to talk or defend yourself was suddenly taken away from you. We must put an end to this," said Ruggerio.

The legislation will prohibit any person or corporation that occupies, own, or manages a property from requiring a pet be declawed or devocalized.

If the legislation passes violators could face fines up to $1,000 be barred from owning pets and required to take humane education, pet ownership, or dog training classes.

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