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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 200-9716
Ball, Tedisco to Join Albany Railroad Puppies Hudson and Pearl for 3 Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day
Albany, N.Y. – 5/31/2013 – Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that the families who adopted Hudson and Pearl, the pit bull puppies left by a railroad track in Albany, will be featured at the 3rd Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day on Tuesday, June 4th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY. The speaking program, which will be emceed by Steve Caporizzo, from Pet Connection, will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Ball and Tedisco will recognize Richard and Rosemarie Nash who adopted Hudson, Susan Kittle who adopted Pearl, as well as Dr. Tom Bowersox, the veterinarian who created Hudson’s artificial paw.
This free, bipartisan event is open to the public and will enable animal supporters to network, share information and lobby their legislators to raise awareness of the need to protect pets and people from abuse. There will be over 30 exhibitors including rescues, shelters, and animal advocacy groups.
“Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals, cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Ball.
“Not since Buster’s Law have we had such a dastardly case of animal cruelty as what happened to Hudson and Pearl being left for dead by the railroad tracks. Fortunately, the Nash and Kittle families and Dr. Bowersox have turned tragedy into triumph and we will be recognizing them as symbols of all the good things people are doing to stand up to animal cruelty. We have an obligation as a government to protect all members of our family, including those who have no voice,” said Tedisco, the driving force behind New York’s landmark animal cruelty felony Buster’s Law. “Animal Advocacy Day matters because it’s about more than just protecting our four-legged friends, it’s about keeping people safe from harm. Just as important as strengthening our laws, Animal Advocacy Day aims to educate the public and law enforcement about the value of our companion animals and the importance of enforcing existing laws.”
According to the ASPCA, 62 percent of American households have a pet. Studies have shown companion animals can provide a variety of positive health benefits, including providing comfort and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities. They help police, fire departments, and search and rescue efforts to keep citizens safe. It’s been widely reported that a military canine went in with U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 when they took down the world’s most notorious terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.
As research indicates, violence against animals is a bridge crime that can, and has, led to violence against people. Serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz all started out as animal abusers before they began preying on people. There’s often a direct correlation between domestic violence and animal cruelty.
Buster’s Law created the felony category of “aggravated cruelty to animals,” punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The law was named after an 18-month-old tabby cat that had been doused with kerosene and burned to death by aSchenectady teen. Prior to this bill becoming law, animal cruelty resulted in only misdemeanor penalties, if any charges were imposed at all.
Since the 1997 arrest that inspired the creation of Buster’s Law, the perpetrator who abused that helpless cat has been imprisoned for various crimes, including attempted rape, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment of a 12-year-old girl.
Just this year, the legislature passed Ape’s Law to make it a felony to kill a police animal, as a response to the heroic sacrifice of the K-9 named Ape who was killed protecting law enforcement in Herkimer. The New York State Attorney General recently announcedhe is going to be prosecuting and assisting local law enforcement in stopping animal cruelty.
On Animal Advocacy Day, lawmakers and advocates will be calling for several bi-partisan measures to strengthen Buster’s felony animal cruelty law to require that animal abusers be placed on a statewide registry of abusers, prohibit them from ever owning a companion animal again, and require them to undergo a psychiatric evaluation (A.4516/S.2305)
Ball and Tedisco’s statewide animal abuse registry legislation is supported by the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the New York State Animal Control Association, and the New York State Humane Association, among others.
Among other bills, they’ll also be calling for legislation to ban the transportation of horses for slaughter in New York State(A.3905/S.4615).
“As legislators, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We’ve taken significant steps to pass three consecutive on-time budgets, cut taxes for middle class families and begin to help get New York working. We’ve expanded the DNA database to help catch criminals and exonerate the innocent, and now we have an opportunity to advance additional public safety measures including protecting our pets from abuse and ensuring animal abusers don’t go on to hurt people,” said Tedisco.
For more information on NYS Animal Advocacy Day, visit the event’s page on Facebook.
What: 3rd Annual Animal Advocacy Day
Who: Senator Greg Ball & Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
When: Tuesday, June 4th from from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY
For more information please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.