Staten Island legislators participate in this years Animal Advocacy Day.
Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) and Matthew Titone (D,W,I-North Shore) and state Sens. Andrew Lanza (R,C,I-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D,W,I-North Shore) today celebrated the 5th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol. The bipartisan event brings together members of the NYS Assembly and Senate to advocate for legislation that protects our loving pets from cruelty.
As a speaker at the event, Malliotakis told the heartbreaking story of Charlotte, a 3-year-old dog who was found on the side of the road, physically injured after being thrown from a car window by her owner. Malliotakis discussed the need to put tougher penalties on the books to punish those who wrongfully abuse animals and ensure they receive more than just a slap on the wrist. Earlier in the Legislative Session, Malliotakis and Lanza introduced a package of bills that closes legal loopholes and would increase penalties for cruelty toward animals.
Animal Advocacy Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate our four-legged friends while also promoting awareness and the severity of animal abuse, said Malliotakis. As an animal lover and owner of two dogs, I have strongly supported legislation that protects animals. Pets become part of our family and deserve to be treated with kindness and affection; they are constantly loyal. I believe we must do all we can to return the favor. It is important that we take action and speak up for our beloved pets of all shapes and sizes.
Animal abuse is often a symptom of much more serious issues, and there are many pieces of legislation that would address the problem. There are so many animal lovers within the Legislature, and Animal Advocacy Day is a great opportunity to unite as one voice to push animal rights awareness forward, said Senator Savino.
Like many New Yorkers, I consider my dog, Lincoln, an extension of my family. The health and safety and the wellness of animals across New York are a high priority for me, and I was proud to join my colleagues at Animal Advocacy Day to raise awareness of important animal issues, said Senator Lanza.
Assemblyman Matthew Titone said, Animal Advocacy Day allows us to honor our pets by passing legislation to protect and commend them. This year, the Assembly and Senate will consider bills to honor the dedication of military dogs, increase the penalties for those who abuse and mistreat animals, ensure that working dogs in the field receive expedited medical treatment when necessary, and designate service and working dogs the Official New York State Dog.