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Itís Raining Cats: National Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month

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Denise Buffa

It sounds like a bizarre urban legend, but unfortunately, it is not. An increasing number of dogs--and people--are being electrocuted by stray voltage from faulty streetlights or underground wiring throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The topic first gained national attention with the tragic death of a young college student named Jodie Lane, who in the winter of 2003 lost her life on a street in Greenwich Village while walking her dog. Since then, several other incidents have been reported.

The most recent dog victim was a Husky named Sebastian in Long Island City, Queens. In this show we bring you to an emotional press conference where one grieving dog owner announced a lawsuit against Con Edison, the power company that supplies electricity to the city, for what she alleges was the wrongful death of her dog, Mushy.

Then, in honor of National Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month, we speak with Kitty Kind, a member of New York City’s Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, and the special challenges the city faces in finding homes for what seems to be an endless supply of cats coming from all areas of the city.

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