Proposed law hopes to help trapped pets after evictions


A state lawmaker has proposed a new law to prevent animals from being left behind when their owners are evicted.

Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal drafted the “No Pet Left Behind” bill after seeing a recent Post story about a Brooklyn landlord evicting a family and changing the locks — leaving their beloved pit bull, Tori, trapped alone inside for two days without food.

The legislation would require an officer or marshal to check the property for “the presence of a companion animal “ before executing an eviction order.

“You can’t just forget about an animal. They are living beings! Pets should not be left behind !” said Rosenthal.Rosenthal expects overwhelming support when the measure is taken up during the 2018 legislative session.

“This is common sense. It’s a no-brainer,” she said.

The’s dog’s owner, Kevin Tamayo, 26, who was embroiled in a rent dispute, had to obtain a court order to force the landlord to open the Crown Heights apartment to retrieve Tori.

“She’s my child,” an emotional Tamayo, had told The Post.

Tori has been in her cage with her water and toys, when Tamayo, his mom and his 8-year-old sister left for the day — and city marshals changed the lock on the otherwise uninhabited apartment, leaving an eviction notice on the door.

Tori had marks on her face as she sought to get out of the cage and had urinated in the confined era because she couldn’t walk around.

Rosenthal said she was both heart broken and outraged when she read about the incident.

“People love animals. Animals are important to people. It’s not like leaving behind a piece of furniture,” the lawmaker said.

“There is no reason a pet should be locked in a house during an eviction proceeding. It’s a travesty. “

One thought on “Proposed law hopes to help trapped pets after evictions

  1. that landlord should pay a big fine along with any vet bills for Tori. a renter has the right to own a pet, that pet should be with the owner of the pet. if you want to lock out the tenant you must make sure his/her pet is not inside by themselves, if the pet is the landlord should call the owner and have the owner take his/her pet out of the rented area.

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