Join the APF, your local legislators and emcee Steve Caporizzo for the 2017 NYS Animal Advocacy Day on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Please see media advisory below for more details:
FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
Bark, Meow and Neigh, Tuesday is Animal Advocacy Day!
Senators Tedisco, Boyle & Serino and Assemblymembers Rosenthal & Murray to Hold 7th Annual Event June 6 to Call for Passage of “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” & Other Bills to Protect Pets & People
Special event in Well of LOB in Albany to bring together lawmakers, law enforcement and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to speak-up for our four-legged friends
Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville), Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County), Senator Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park), Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D,WF-Manhattan) and Assemblymember Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) will join with their legislative colleagues, law enforcement and hundreds of pet owners and animal advocates to hold the 7th Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day on Tuesday, June 6th from 9:30 to noon in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY. The speaking program, which will be emceed by Steve Caporizzo from Pet Connection, will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Several bi-partisan public safety measures will be on the agenda including pushing the state Assembly to bring to the Floor for a debate and up or down vote “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” (S.1680/A.3038) which would make it a Buster’s Law felony punishable with 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony. “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary last winter that is still an unsolved case. The State Senate voted across party lines to pass “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” five times, most recently in January by a 58-2 vote. It is currently in the Assembly Agriculture Committee. The bill has 81 sponsors in the Assembly (76 votes are needed to pass the bill on the Floor of the Assembly).
Special guests include Denise Krohn, who has been at the state Capitol nearly every day this session lobbying for passage of “Kirby and Quigley’s Law.” Also speaking will be Joni Bonilla of Operation At-Ease in Rotterdam, which matches rescue dogs with wounded warriors, and Eddie Reynolds, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Ballston Spa and his K-9 service dog Callie. Nathaniel Fields, CEO of Urban Resource Institute in New York City, will discuss the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty and highlight his unique emergency housing which accepts people with pets. Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove, who prosecuted one of the first Buster’s animal cruelty felony law cases in the state, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and his K-9 units, Richard Nash who adopted Hudson, one of the Railroad Puppies that was nailed to railroad tracks in Albany, and Bocker the Labradoodle Junior will also participate.
This free, bipartisan event is open to the public and will enable animal supporters to network, share information and lobby their legislators to raise awareness of the need to protect pets and people from abuse by addressing the bridge crime nature of animal cruelty. There will be over 50 exhibitors including rescues, shelters, and animal advocacy groups.
Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and his Corgi Gracie
Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County) and his dog Livvy
Senator Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park) and her dog Buddy
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D,WF-Manhattan)
Assemblymember Dean Murray (R,C,I-Patchogue)
Other legislators from both sides of the aisle and their pets
Steve Caporizzo of Pet Connection
Denise Krohn to call for “Kirby & Quigley’s Law”
Joni Bonilla of Operation At-Ease and Eddie Reynolds, a Marine Corps Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Ballston Spa & his K-9 Service Dog Callie
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and his K-9 units
Nathaniel Fields, CEO of Urban Resource Institute in NYC
Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove
Hudson the Railroad Puppy and Richard Nash who adopted him
Bocker the Labradoodle Junior
Hundreds of pet owners, animal supporters, rescues, shelters, veterinarians
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6th, speaking program begins at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Well of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.
CONTACT: Adam Kramer, 518-441-5183 (Tedisco)
Chris Geed, 631-398-8044 (Boyle)
Kara Cumoletti, 518-455-2945 (Serino)
Nicholas Guile, 518-455-5802 (Rosenthal)
Edward Flood, 631-207-0073 (Murray)
ALL MEDIA WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
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