Assemblyman backing bill to prevent animal abusers from getting more pets

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ALBANY, NY — The cats rescued from a Schoharie county home now have temporary homes at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, but a local assemblyman wants to change the law to help protect animals like these.

Brad Shear with the humane society says abuse and hoarding cases are becoming too frequent.

“Unfortunately, it's become very common. In Albany county alone we see several cases a year,” Shear said.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco said, “It's a sad tragedy that has reached epidemic proportions.”

It's leading Tedisco to co-sponsor a bill that would create a statewide registry of known animal abusers and require them to have psychiatric evaluations, if they ever wanted a furry companion.

“There is real concern that this woman is going to get a slap on the wrist, and jail time would not serve any real purpose.” said Tedisco

Shear says there is already a county-wide database that went into effect last year. 

Tedisco added, “You can go to another county get an animal and come back, so we need a state wide registry.”

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