First ever Animal Advocacy Day in Albany pushing to strengthen Buster's Law

Animal advocates are gathering today in Albany to push for stronger animal cruelty laws.

Today is the first ever New York State Animal Advocacy Day. The event in the Legislative Office Building in Albany allows animal supports to meet, network, and share information. At the same time, it will let them lobby their own legislators to strengthen Buster's Law.

Originally passed in 1999, Buster's law created the felony charge of "aggravated cruelty to animals." The charge is punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Assemblyman James Tedisco wants to add several provisions to Buster's Law, including creating a registry of animal abusers. He's also pushing to require animal abusers to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and ban anyone convicted of violating Buster's Law from ever owning a pet again.

At today's Animal Advocacy Day event, the stars to the National Geographic TV show "Rescue Ink" stopped by to help lobby for the legislation. The reality show features tattooed animal rescuers who ride motorcycles.

Animal Advocacy Day is sponsored by Assemblyman James Tedisco and Senator Greg Ball.

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