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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. 

Nuria Rodriguez February 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Every life is precious. Just because these are "animals" doesn't mean they deserve any less protection than children or abused woman. They need just as much if not more because sometimes they HAVE NO ONE ELSE IN THEIR CORNER! The human race continues to disappoint me.
Joan Stringer February 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
What happens next? Will Amy Paulin empty domestic abuse shelters of abused women & children because of "psychological pain"? How about the elderly with depression? Or mental hospital patients? All species need love to help them cope, not some heartless politician!
John February 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Nope. It's not. The bill essentially eliminates the mandated stray hold period in New York State, which allows shelters to kill on intake instead of holding an animal while the owners search for them. It literally sets animal welfare in NYS back 40 years. http://johnsibley.com/2012/02/13/why-we-call-it-the-quick-kill-bill/
judy starr February 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
NEW YORKERS: We need you now! There is one man left who can keep the "Quick Kill Bill" alive, and that is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. To date Asm. Silver's office has heard from less than 400 people, which is not nearly enough - we need to tell him that we want this bill DONE. PLEASE click the link below and send him a message or call his office - today - at 212-312-1420 and ask him to NOT allow a floor vote on A05449, the Quick Kill Bill. There is nothing more important to stopping this! Please "share"! http://www.capwiz.com/thenokillnation/issues/alert/?alertid=61009006&type=CU Take Action Now to Stop the ASPCA's www.capwiz.com Take Action Now to Stop the ASPCA's Help save our New York State Shelter Animals by filling out the form above. Thank ~You !!!
Dan Seidel February 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Quick Kill the Bill.
E. A. Bowman February 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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. While the ASPCA may not have per se written the bill they certainly have had a hand in it. They, themselves have said on their own facebook page (unless it's been deleted) that it was a "misunderstanding" and is being rewritten. Rather than face the music on what this bill actually means and allow free speech comment on it they blocked any comment concerning it and blocked anyone who did comment. Now they are telling people they are having an "open discussion" on their facebook page ASCPAPro - a page very few have ever heard of until now. They think it's just rescue workers that are upset, I guess. Well, there are plenty of people that are upset...just plain pet owners being one of them. To Greg Tart: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Amy Paulin would not be "demonized" if she actually had gotten the good sense to intelligently answer people's objections to this travesty of a bill. Instead the only actual quote we have been able to find from her is: "The criticism is not only misguided but uninformed and uneducated." How is that for a kick in the teeth to thousands of people.
marissa February 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I agree completely. She is more concerned with being "right," and saying the worst thing possible. And i just read another quote in the daily news about how "she needs to go have a talk with joseph lentol because he obviously doesnt remember his offices involvement with the bill during its creation" Alright Paulin, at this point no one cares about who did what, the point is that it needs to be stopped or majorly changed. Uneducated, haha. Id love for her to see my dogs that came out of ACC when they first came out, one of them would have been killed immediately because she was horribly abused, had lacerations, missing fur and acid burns, and was petrified of people. Im sure that would have been qualifications to kill her and she wouldve been in a plastic bag long before i wouldve been able to get her. Anyways, this bill is way too vague in its wording, and could kill any dog that gets out of the house, the minute they panic etc.
Eric Werner February 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Looks like Assemblywoman Paulin has found the topic that will define her career. Will anyone ever connect her name with anything but killing animals when they arrive at a shelter rather than waiting 5 days? Here's a picture of what my cat looked liked when she arrived at a shelter: https://www.facebook.com/jackiethekitten Do you doubt she would've been gassed right away if your bill had been in effect?
Greg Tart February 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM
thank you all for informing me of considerations of which I was not aware
Angela Recker March 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Greg, I stronglysuggest you re-read her bill & compare it to A07321 as sponsored by Mucah Kellner. His bill still allows for TRULY MERCIFUL EUTHANASIA but protects SCARED PETS from being killed as soon as they arrive at a shelter. Paulin has refused ALL attemots to speak to her & has hidden from voters, animal lovers, media - she even cancelled an online discussion last Tuesday on lohud.com, citing a budget meeting conflict. She would have know about this meeting in advance & never set up the online discussion. She backed out after getting calls, emails & faxes advising the opponents to her bill would be debating her online. Since she does not know the issue, she cannot debate it. The ASPCA feeds her the info to give out. It's not her own. to be con't
Angela Recker March 07, 2012 at 05:04 PM
You are welcome Greg. You seem to be bery intelligent so please, read Micah Kellner's bill. You can see for yourself that his bill DOES PROTECT THE ANIMALLS WHILE SAVING TAXPAYERS MONEY.
Angela Recker March 07, 2012 at 05:04 PM
(con't) Paulin's bill WILL COST TAXPAYERS MONEY because it limits rescues from pulling animals, especially those needing vet care. WHEN A RESCUE PULLS AN ANIMAL & GETS IT VET CARE, THE RESCUE PAYS - NOT THE TAXPAYERS! Kellner's bill ALLOWS APPROVED RESCUES TO PULL ANIMALS SAVING THE SHELTER MONEY IN BOARDING, FEEDING, CARE & ATTENTION A SHELTER ANIMAL NEEDS. This is the "UNFUNDED MANDTAES" Paulin throws around, despite NOT knowing what it means. BTW - you do know she called oponnents to her bill "MISGUIDED, UNEDUCATED & UNINFORMED", RIGHT? Is THIS what you expect from an elected official? Well, THIS IS PAULIN! Paulin is not being forthcoming, she is not familiar with the issue as she did not write the bill (the ASPCA & MAYOR'S ALLIANCE did) & is not willing to listen to those who DO KNOW the real facts. Greg, educate yourself & read Kellner's bill before you jump on her bandwagon.
Judy Starr March 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
http://johnsibley.com/2012/03/17/amy-paulin-amends-quick-kill-bill-to-be-quiet-kill-bill/
Mark April 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The animal rescue community isn't asking for any special favors. They are just asking for the best pieces of Micah Kellner's CAARA bill to be added to the Quick Kill bill. These are very reasonable requests and include: 1. Providing adequate medical care, food, water, shelter and exercise 2. Making every animal available to a rescue organization before euthanizing it 3. Prevent shelters from killing animals on intake that are emotionally distressed (which is basically every animal newly submitted to a shelter) Assembly Member Paulin's strings are being pulled by ASPCA lobbyists who want an stray animal culling program implemented in NY State but don't have the backbone to state their intentions publicly because they know donations would drop like a stone.
former customer April 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Yes, Quick Kill, what's next? Bet those who support you are in psychological pain right now.
former customer April 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Tweet her and then tweet her some more: https://twitter.com/#!/AmyPaulin
Elizabeth R Baecher April 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Assemblywoman Paulin should rejoice I'm not one of her constituents. I would vote for my pet turtle before supporting her for reelection.
former customer April 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Will anyone ever connect her name with anything but killing animals when they arrive at a shelter rather than waiting 5 days? ........................................... Nope. Keep reminding her on Twitter how this horrific and moronic idea will define her career. A bill sponsored by Paulin ... has spurred debate over rescue shelter protocol. Hey, maybe this outrage will spur even the Idoni clone Bramson to change the killing shelter that is the New Rochelle Inhumane Shelter! And then he will revitalize downtown New Rochelle! And then hell will freeze over!
Billy April 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
lol on the 4th paragraph! That's too funny, but right on!
former customer April 25, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Any updates from Quick Kill Amy? I don't see this posted here: http://tinyurl.com/7lfcgal Two animal shelter reform bills are vying for New York state Assembly support in the wake of the controversial shelter euthanasia of Oreo, an abused dog that a rescue group had offered to take. The bills appear similar, with provisions for animal care, owner notification, and rescue group involvement, but the details differ in critical ways. State Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) worked with rescue organizations to shape a bill to save most, if not all, adoptable shelter animals. The other bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale), was drafted with the help of shelter organizations, with a guarded view of rescue groups and political realities. ........ Kellner says Paulin's past compromises have "gutted" much-needed legislation to monitor shelter euthanasia.
former customer April 25, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Kirstin, any updates on this story? Quick Kill Amy doesn't respond to emails or to tweets, so maybe you can find out how many pets she's looking forward to murder with her Quick Kill Bill. Thanks.
Elizabeth R Baecher April 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
When a legislator appears to "hide" when confronted with a sticky issue, especially one which he/she is responsible for, it's time to look for a replacement. ( I have no idea of what party this person represents). It's also time to protect New York animals.
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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