There was a lot of attention, blame and heated sentiments exchanged last week over the little-dog-that-almost-could, Oreo. The pit bull mix survived being thrown off a six-story building in Red Hook last summer only to be euthanized last week. The abused dog was deemed to be too dangerous to live out her life in the company of other animals or humans by ASPCA, the organization that helped the dog recuperate after the fall.

Even so, ASPCA was inundated with last minute pleas by animal rights groups and sanctuaries, including rescue organization Pets Alive, who even tried sending someone to the ASPCA's building to pick up the dog in person. According to City Room a new bill, Oreo's Law, has been proposed that would allow such rescue organizations to take custody of an animal scheduled to be euthanized by a shelter; it "aims to save animals before they are euthanized because of aggressive tendencies or lack of shelter space" and "would exempt animals that are near death or rabid."

Assemblyman Micah Kellner said, "Hopefully we’ll never have another situation like Oreo" and noted he was upset that the ASPCA "refused to even interact" with Pets Alive. However, ASPCA vice president and chief legal counsel Stacy Wolf said that while the bill seemed well-meaning, NY State has lower standards for and oversight of shelter and rescue groups.