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New York’s state dog could be the mutt

Two New York state legislators plan to introduce a bill today to name an official state dog — and they’re suggesting it be the mutt.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, an Upper East Side Democrat, and State Senator Joseph E. Robach, a Rochester Republican, are proposing the legislation.

If passed, New York would join about a dozen states that have named state dogs, including the Chesapeake Bay retriever in Maryland, the Great Dane in Pennsylvania, the and the Boston terrier in … take a wild guess.

(If you think you know your state dogs, take this quiz — or, if you’re a cheater, go straight to the answers.)

No state has chosen the mixed breed — that most prolific of all dogs — to represent its state.

In New York, a spokesman for Kellner said the assemblyman would choose a rescue dog — as in rescued from a shelter — to symbolize the need for people to adopt pets from animal shelters and animal protection groups. Kellner has no dogs of his own, but he has provided foster care for several.

“He’s a huge advocate for animals in need,” the spokesman told the New York Times.

Also appearing at the announcement of the proposed bill will be Kim Wolf’s dog, Sarge Wolf-Stringer, a Philadelphia dog who was rescued in 2009 from an abusive owner by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and who now works with the elderly and hospital patients as a certified therapy dog.

(Photo: A Baltimore mutt named Martini)

Tax deduction proposed for adopted animals

A state Assemblyman in California has proposed letting residents who adopt a pet from a shelter write off any adoption fees on their taxes.

“Local governments in California are spending upward of $100 million sheltering animals each year,” Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said in a news release. “Everyday we hear about people walking away from their houses, and in many cases, they are abandoning their pets as well.”

The deductions, according to NBC News in Los Angeles, would be allowed for animals adopted from local government and nonprofit animal shelters. If passed, the plan would begin at the start of next year and be on the books through Jan. 1, 2015.

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