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Local leaders want tougher laws to protect dogs left in freezing temperatures

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Updated: 1/12 1:20 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Two local leaders are calling for tougher legislation to protect companion animals in cold weather.

Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) called for the new legislation in order to protect companion animals from being left outside in the freezing cold.

The new legislation would make it a felony for a person to intentionally fail to provide adequate shelter for a dog.

Ball and Tedisco's legislation will also make the actions against Buster's Law punishable with up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that was co-sponsored by Ball and Tedisco on Friday, which will enable local governments to regulate pet dealers and puppy mills.

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