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City Council wants state to provide tax breaks for pet shelter adopters

DogBehindFenceMay 27, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge 

The City Council wants the state legislature to incentivize pet shelter adoptions.

On Wednesday, the Council passed a resolution in favor of a $100 tax credit for pet owners who adopt cats or dogs from New York shelters.

However, with taxation being controlled by the State, the resolution just calls on the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create the tax reward.

In a statement, the resolution’s lead sponsor Council Member Julissa Ferreras said she believes that the tax credit would “help place more animals in loving homes and bring relief to our overburdened animal shelters.”

According to data from Animal Care and Control of New York City, the Citywide organization took in more than 30,000 cats and dogs in 2014, about 5,500 of which were euthanized.

“We welcome initiatives such as a pet tax credit that may encourage more New Yorkers to adopt a companion animals,” ACCNYC executive director Risa Weinstock said in a statement.

A handful of State legislators have introduced bills proposing a pet adoption tax credit.

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