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.