Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco are joined at Animal Advocacy Day in Albany by her dog Peanut.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today celebrated Animal Advocacy Day in Albany. The event brought together legislators, their pets, animal advocacy groups and law enforcement officials to discuss ways to better protect and care for our four-legged friends. Malliotakis, herself a dog owner, is the sponsor of multiple pieces of legislation to protect animals and increase penalties against animal abusers.
Animal Advocacy Day is both a celebration of our four-legged friends and an opportunity to rally support for legislation to protect defenseless animals that have no voice, said Malliotakis. Throughout this session, I have been a proponent for animal-related legislation, especially my legislation to prohibit animals from being subjected to piercings, tattooing, or unnecessary cosmetic or aesthetic surgeries. Having Peanut with me today provided a great opportunity to put a real face alongside this important legislation. Our pets are some of our closest companions, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to make sure New York has the toughest penalties possible for anyone who harms or neglects an animal.
Malliotakis originally introduced the legislation in 2012 after viewing Pet Crazy, a 20/20 documentary about animal owners who gave their pets surgical procedures with no medical benefit, often for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes, such as tattoos, piercings, and tummy tucks. Malliotakis renewed her calls for the bills passage this year after the New York Post carried a story about Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro, who bragged about inking his dog with a heart and his wifes name while the animal was drugged after surgery.