Rules for treating cats at the Bronx lebano hospital are being reconsidered after a series of cat deaths last week, and the Bronx is considering adding an additional vet to its staff, The American Conservatives has learned.
The lebanonia hospital’s chief veterinarian and animal hospital board members have been asked to review the guidelines to determine if additional help is necessary, the newspaper reported Friday.
New York City’s lebanonian animal hospital rules require staff members to be trained in handling pets, and staff must be certified by a veterinary school.
The hospital’s rules also require veterinarians to sign an agreement to not work with pets without a valid license and to keep pets on a leash at all times.
In the past, lebanoni were euthanized at the hospital, but the hospital has recently adopted a more humane approach, saying the animals were too sick or unable to live with humans.
It is unclear what prompted the board members to reconsider the rules.
Last week, a group of New York State legislators led by Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Staten Island, proposed a bill that would ban the use of animals for the purpose of euthanasia.
In response to the legislation, Hertzberger said he was worried the hospital would end up like other facilities that have euthanizing animals, including New York’s Central Catskill Cat Farm in Rochester, N.Y., which has euthanased animals in recent years.
Hertz’s bill passed in the New York state Assembly last week and will be sent to the state’s Senate, where it could be debated.
A spokeswoman for Hertz said in an email that the proposal would not have any impact on the Bronx hospital.
The Bronx lebenon hospital is located in the Bronx borough of New Yorkers, which has a large cat population.
The city recently implemented a program to keep cats in their own enclosures and quarantine them at the city’s lebronon animal hospital.