NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Two New York state lawmakers are pushing for adopted shelter and rescue dogs to be dubbed the official canines of the state.
Assembly members Micah Kellner, D-65th District, and Linda Rosenthal, D-67th District, are calling on their fellow lawmakers to give New York an official state dog, WCBS-TV, New York, reported Thursday.
Several states, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, already have official state dogs.
The lawmakers announced their proposal Thursday at New York City Hall. They were joined by Sarge Wolf Stringer, a dog rescued in 2009 after enduring 14 years of abuse.
Kellner and Rosenthal said their plan could boost support for dog rescue operations in the state.