Legislators Tedisco and Ball launch first animal advocacy day

The teen who abused Buster the cat to death went on to serve jail time for various other crimes, including attempted rape, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment of a 12-year-old girl.

"Persons who commit crimes against animals are the worst kind of people; the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers, violent and cruel behavior towards animals, cannot and should not be tolerated," said Ball.

Tedisco said he's invited 30 animal rescue groups, animal shelters, advocates, then-Gov. George Pataki who signed Buster's Law and other government officials to stand up for animals that day, and said he expects a turnout in the thousands.

Tedisco also shared with The Spotlight some special guests scheduled to attend who haven't been announced yet.

"The guys from Rescue Inc. on National Geographic channel; those guys have tattoos and are motorcycle guys who love animals and they'll be there that day supporting it and talking about why tough guys like them understand that it's important to protect our companion pets and animals," said Tedisco.

Tedisco and Ball will unveil several proposed bills to enhance Buster's Law.

One bill would require a mandated psychological evaluation and treatment of anyone convicted of an animal abuse crime.

"We know from experience that you can't just lock people up and say we'll let them out in a year, because they do the same thing," said Tedisco.

Another bill would state that anyone convicted of animal abuse would not be allowed to have another pet.

"When you abuse animals to that extent, you shouldn't have the right or privilege to own again," said Tedisco.

Tedisco and Ball also want to pass a bill that would create a statewide registry of animal abuse offenders.

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