Assemblywoman Amy Paulin Gets Backlash Over 'Quick Kill' Bill To Change Animal Shelter Rules

A bill sponsored by Paulin granting authorization for animal shelters to euthanize animals in "psychological pain" without any holding period has spurred debate over rescue shelter protocol.

Representative Amy Paulin has been lauded in the past for authoring anti-bullying legislation and fighting for domestic violence victims' rights. But this week, the New York State assemblywoman was bestowed with an unlikely nickname by a Facebook group that opposes A05449A, a Paulin-sponsored bill that aims to "amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the treatment and disposition of lost, stray or homeless animals."

The moniker? Amy "Quick Kill" Paulin. 

A05449A, which aims to create a list of approved animal rescue organizations who could adopt from shelters and improve animal care and treatment, has also been amended to allow euthanasia to be performed on "certain specified animals suffering irremediable physical or psychological pain" or to "certain specified animals to alleviate a contagious, deadly health conditions, or if the owner…has given his or her written consent to such destruction." 

"A05449A, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin...prevents animal rescue and gives shelters the power to needlessly kill animals upon arrival to their shelter based on an appearance of 'psychological pain' without any holding period," wrote creators of the "Assemblywoman 'Quick Kill' Amy Paulin" Facebook page. 

The Facebook group has gained over 500 members and 1,000 wall posts since its inception on Feb. 2, 2012 -- and disparaging comments aimed toward A05449A, which has received support from the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), have flown fast and furious since the bill was voted on in the NYS Assembly Agricultural Committee on Wednesday and passed by a vote of 16-6. 

"I've seen shelter works put down a dog with an open wound on its foot because 'it was cancer' -- it was not," commented Facebook user Lisa Moretti. "This is a slippery slope and will result in far too many animals needlessly being put to death when homes could be found for them."

Various online groups and websites have formed petitions and composed ads to run in Westchester community newspapers exhorting readers to express opposition toward the bill. 

When contacted by Scarsdale Patch, Paulin was currently unavailable for comment. 

Editor's Note: An original quote taken from the "Amy 'Quick Kill' Paulin" Facebook group inacccurately stated that the ASPCA wrote Bill A05449A. Scarsdale Patch has removed the information from the article. 

former customer April 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Just tweeted Quick Kill Amy: think people aren't going to associate Quick Kill when they go to the polls, toots? Think again.
former customer April 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Tweeted Quick Kill again: where ARE you? Out killing people's pets?
former customer April 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM
You said it, Elizabeth. How do we do that? Idoni clone Bramson hosts one of the most evil 'humane' societies in Westchester, the New Rochelle 'INhumane' Society, a KILL shelter. Every time you see one of those cute doggies or cute kitty cats up for adoption, remember they will be dead soon if they're not adopted, and if Quick Kill has her way, they will be dead on arrival and not made available to the rescue organizations that might have taken them if Quick Kill gets her way. Remember, the determination of 'psychological pain' before that dog or cat is gassed is NOT going to be made by an animal behaviorist, it's going to be made by a knuckle dragging cretin who delights in dragging dogs and cats off the street and watching them die.
former customer April 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
So. Where does Quick Kill Amy's bill stand? Do all those whose pets end up at the New Rochelle Inhumane Shelter have to worry that their pets will be gassed in short order? Or, just gassed in whatever time frame the New Rochelle Inhumane Shelter sees fit to gas their pets? Hmmmmmmmmmmm???????????????????????
former customer April 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
http://scarsdale.patch.com/articles/photo-gallery-scarsdale-forum-hosts-paulin-and-lerner#photo-9762332 Think someone asked Quick Kill Amy how her pet killing bill is making out? No? Why not?


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