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New York lawmakers have voted to ban the declawing of cats, and the state will be the first in the country to prohibit the controversial practice if the governor signs the measure.

The bill sailed through both houses of the Legislature on Animal Advocacy Day, though it has been several years in the making with previous efforts falling short.

"Cat declawing is a horrific, yet often practiced surgery that leads to a lifetime of pain and discomfort for thousands of cats," Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan, who sponsored the bill, told NPR.

Erie County SPCA

The Erie County SPCA is helping shelter dogs in areas hit by hurricanes.

Two hawks illegally shot in Niagara County

Aug 9, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States says it's looking for leads in the illegal killings of two hawks in Western New York.  

The society and its Wildlife Land Trust are offering two separate rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the hawks in Niagara County.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a red-tailed hawk was discovered shot on July 13 in Cambria. It died at a rehabilitation center.  

Five days later, a Coopers hawk was found shot in North Tonawanda and had to be euthanized.