Big Apple mutts have a Guardian Angel.
Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said on Tuesday he had collected enough signatures for the new Animal Welfare party line to appear on the ballot in the November election in New York City.
“We’re going to force the question into the general election,” the Guardian Angels founder said at a press conference outside the Elections Council headquarters in downtown Manhattan.
“No dog, cat, or animal will be killed in New York City’s shelter system. They will be adopted. “
Sliwa – known for his high-profile stunts like taking the subway for 24 hours to argue the crime and burning face masks to highlight new CDC guidelines – said candidates running on the ballot line would indicate their support for the ban on shelters.
“This line of animal welfare never done before here, or anywhere in the United States, will be one problem and one problem,” said Sliwa, who was joined by her 13-year-old pug-beagle rescue, Lola.
Sliwa, who said he currently has 15 rescue cats in his apartment, lambasted current policies that allow shelters to euthanize stray animals if they are not claimed within 72 hours.
“We are meant to save the dogs and cats in our city… No killing, no more euthanasia in the New York shelter system that cost us millions of dollars,” Sliwa said.