NY requiring adoptions for research cats and dogs

New York is requiring universities using cats and dogs for research to offer them for adoption through animal shelters, humane societies or private placements.

The law applies to higher education research facilities that are tax-exempt or receive public money or else collaborate with institutions getting either public benefit.

It first requires a veterinarian at the facility to determine whether an animal is healthy and suitable for adoption once the research is completed.

Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and lead sponsor, says animals used in scientific, medical and product research across the state are usually euthanized, though some institutions voluntarily maintain adoption programs.

She says beagles are commonly bred for research and used because of their docility.

The Humane Society of the United States says Connecticut, California, Minnesota and Nevada have similar laws.