We have written to you before about the problem of the New York animal cruelty laws being buried in the Agriculture & Markets Law instead of the Penal Code where they belong.
Now, Fred “Fritz” Scherz Jr., a councilman on the Verona Town Board in Oneida County has called on the New York State Legislature to fix this idiosyncrasy.
He has also created an on-line petition to win support: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/reclassify-animal-cruelty-laws.html and plans to submit it to the New York State Legislature by Oct. 31.
As reported in the Madison County Courier, the councilman released this statement to explain this campaign: “Sadly, animal cruelty has become increasingly prevalent in society. Currently, in New York State animal cruelty is considered a violation of Ag and Markets Law. Because of this, any penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty are often minimal. I call on the New York State Legislature to change the laws on animal cruelty and have these violations covered by penal law. By doing so, it would be easier for law enforcement to prosecute these cases.”
“Moreover, it would increase the penalties for repeat offenders and hopefully act as a deterrent. I know attempts have been made at strengthening animal cruelty laws. For example, Senator Griffo has sponsored a bipartisan bill calling for an animal abuse registry and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi has co-sponsored a bill that would remove animal cruelty violations from Ag and Markets Law and put them under the penal code, which is exactly what I’m hopeful of. I applaud both the Senator and Assemblyman for their common sense legislation and hope their colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support their efforts. I hope those that feel the way I do on this issue will consider signing my on-line petition.”
For more information, go to: http://www.fritzscherz.com/ or email him at: [email protected] or call: (315) 363-3509.
We think this is a good idea and hope you will sign the petition and then contact your own state legislators to ask them to support it too.
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The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.
Phone (315) 207-1070.
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