NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York appears to have everything but there’s one thing it doesn’t have — a state dog.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Every Dog Has His Day

state dog announcement Will New York Get An Official State Dog?

A couple of rescue dogs join lawmakers at City Hall during the announcement of a proposal calling for an official New York State dog (credit: Stan Brooks/1010)

Assemblymembers Micah Kellner and Linda Rosenthal are proposing that adopted shelter and “rescue” dogs become the official state canine.

“The reason why it’s the rescue dog is because the rescue dog fits with New York so perfectly,” Kellner said. “New Yorkers are scrappy just like rescue dogs, we often both have a bone to pick and a lot of us are mutts. So, this is a perfect fit.”

New York already has an official animal, insect, fish and even a shell. Kellner and Robach are hoping the Empire State will join others, such as Pennsylvania and Massachussestts, in adopting a state dog.

The two lawmakers will be joined by animal rescuers and a pooch named Sarge Wolf Stringer, who was rescued in 2009 after 14 years of abuse, in announcing the proposal at a news conference at City Hall on Thursday.

The politicians said their proposal could help promote the adoption and care of over 12,000 dogs currently in City shelters.

“Ninety percent of these dogs are healthy, treatable and just in need of a loving home. They’re the most loyal pets you can have,” Kellner said. “It’s time that we throw these dogs a bone.”

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