ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Kirby and Quigley Law, named after two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed, was passed in the State Senate Monday by a vote of 59 to 1.
Denise Krohn never thought she’d find herself behind a piece of legislation.
“When you have something you love so much and you’ve lost something that you love so much that it makes it easy to talk about,” said Krohn.
She also never thought she’d come home to her home ransacked with several items missing and her two dogs shot dead.
“But this was really just such a traumatic. It was basically a murder of our animals,” said Krohn.
Kirby and Quigley’s Law, named after Krohn’s dogs, passed the State Senate almost unanimously.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco said it’s time for the assembly to pass the bill too. If it’s not done for pets, then for the people.
“So if they don’t care about animals they should get the message these individuals are going to go on and hurt people,” said Tedisco.
He said the bill has passed twice in the Senate but never came to a vote in the Assembly.
Now, an online petition is circulating to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“If so be it. If we have to use the power of our constituents to put pressure on elected officials and leaders to do that, that’s what we’re going to have to do. Use the bully pulpit to get that done. Every day it doesn’t really get easier but it makes it easier if we can pass this law,” said Tedisco.
The passing of Kirby and Quigley’s law would make such a crime punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Click on the link below to see the petition supporting this law: