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Legislators Tedisco and Ball launch first animal advocacy day

"If these people shouldn't own pets, we think that pet stores, animal shelters and breeders should have access to a registry where these names are there so they would not sell them a pet," said Tedisco.

The legislators are also seeking to heighten penalties for dog fighting and animal cruelty in general.

Some might not think animal advocacy should be high on the list of the legislature's agenda, said Tedisco, but he can handle more than one issue at a time.

"People say 'You've got more important things to do' but I say that I can chew gum and walk at the same time," said Tedisco.

Tedisco said he's working on a bill to cut down on gas prices and a bill to save money by going paperless in New York State.

"I'm not concentrating on this but I'm not leaving it alone either and neither is Greg Ball," said Tedisco.

Tedisco owns two dogs and twin cats and said pets have always been a part of his family, which is why he's long advocated for animals.

"I love animals and I love people and these laws that relate to the protection of animals relates to the protection of people," said Tedisco. "[My pets] bring a lot of love to our household."

The 1st New York State Animal Advocacy Day will be Wednesday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Well of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany, with a speaking program at 11 a.m. Animal supporters will have the chance to network and lobby legislators.

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