Malliotakis, Skelos Celebrate Animal Advocacy Day

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and her dog, Peanut, are joined at Animal Advocacy Day by State Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos, his wife, Gail, and their dog, Rocky.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and State Senate Co-leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) 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 and Skelos, dog owners themselves, are sponsors 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.”

New York State Senate Co-leader Dean G. Skelos said, “It was a pleasure to participate in this year’s Animal Advocacy Day in Albany with my dog, Rocky. Pets are a big part of our families, and our lives. The New York State Senate has always stood up to protect our pets, and we will continue working to keep them safe from harm.”

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 bill’s 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 wife’s name while the animal was drugged after surgery.