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New York assemblyman introduces a new bill for the animals

BY: Submitted to Journal | July 12, 2013

NEW YORK — New York Assemblyman David DiPietro recently introduced Assembly Bill 7363, which would create an animal abuse registry and prevent those convicted of animal abuses from possessing, adopting, owning, purchasing or exercising control over any animal.

This came after June 4, Animal Advocacy Day in New York state.

“We must ask ourselves, is there anything we can do for animals better than preventing further abuse?” DiPietro said. “If you are convicted of doing harm to an animal, you should be stripped of the opportunity to own animals. The abuse of animals is something we should strive to eliminate from our society and I believe the best way to limit the cases is to prevent repeat offenders. I hope my colleagues in the Assembly will join me, in protecting innocent animals.”

In addition to creating this registry, the bill would require animal shelters and pet dealers to consult the list, before surrendering an animal to any individual.

In order for a convicted animal abuser to regain the ability to own an animal, a court must decide whether or not it is safe for an animal to be in that person’s possession.

New York State Animal Advocacy Day was sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and State Senator Greg Ball.

Assembly Bill 7363 has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

To support DiPietro’s legislation, call his district office at 585-786-0180.

For more information about Animal Advocacy Day, visit www.facebook.com/nysanimaladvocacyday.

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