Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis participates in Animal Advocacy Day with fellow legislators and advocates.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today participated in 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 Sen. Andrew Lanza (R,C,I-Staten Island) 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. Those who abuse animals should face tough penalties, not just receive a slap on the wrist.