Animal Advocacy Day in Albany
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Animal Advocacy Day
Matt Ryan

It's everyone's favorite day during the legislative calendar - Animal Advocacy Day!

The Well of the Legislative Office Building was filled with dogs, birds and a pony as legislators highlighted their furry friends.  The State Senate passed legislation to further protect animals and those that harm them, including:

  • A bill that would increase jail time from two to four years when acts of cruelty are committed in front of children.
  • Increasing the misdemeanor of abandonment of animals from $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Increasing penalties for leaving an animal in a vehicle during times of extreme cold and heat.

Other bipartisan legislation would create a statewide registry for convicted animal abusers.

Senator Phil Boyle of Long Island and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco of the Capital Region co-sponsored the day.