NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to train more than 10,000 service dogs in a five-week blitz to help improve the city’s animal control agency’s ability to keep its animals from ending up in the streets.
The city will start training at least 20 dogs in the next five weeks and will train another 10, the mayor’s office said Friday.
“This program will provide an unprecedented opportunity for the city to help save lives and protect animals,” de Blasio said in a statement.
In December, de Blasio signed an executive order creating the Service Dog Training Program, which aims to train and train more dogs than the department can manage in an existing program.
The program, which was created after the city lost the citywide Dog and Felony Prevention Program, is currently run by the city department of health.
De Blasio has said he plans to continue the program, but will have a more broad scope.
The department has trained nearly 3,000 cats and dogs since November, the most of any city in the country, according to city data.