ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — There’s a renewed push to toughen punishments for hurting animals. Kirby and Quigley’s law is now getting bi-partisan support.
Owner of Kirby and Quigley says she can’t find a lawmaker who doesn’t think bill is a good idea. It would increase jail time for criminals who harm pets while committing another felony. In Kirby and Quigley’s case, it was a burglary.
“I can’t even describe it but it was a scene from a horror movie,” Denise Krohn said.
It never gets easier.
“Quigley was like an 80 year old man,” Krohn said.
Talking about the murders of her two dogs helps Krohn heal. The case is still unsolved.
“[It] hurts me that they may not be punished for that because it was a mean thing,” Krohn said. “It was vindictive.”
‘It’s so unfortunate that we have politicians in this legislature who find it not fit to do what is right because this should have been done two or three years ago already,” Senator George Amedore said.
It inspired Kirby and Quigley’s law, named for Krohn’s two goldendoodles who were shot and killed during a home burglary in Montgomery County last February. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Jim Tedisco, says each year it gets hung up in the assembly where some lawmakers aren’t keen on increased penalties for crimes that include harming a pet.
“There’s got to be a different penalty for just a burglary and a burglary where you kill two parts of a family who give unconditional love,” Senator Tedisco said.
There’s a renewed urgency to get it done this year as animal abuse continues making headlines like the case of two pit bulls found wandering in Colonie, one with a deep wound on his neck.
“We’ve heard about animals being killed or hurt in the process of other crimes not just robberies, but many other serious crimes,” Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said. “So we’re hearing more and more about this and as this happens, you can see the advocacy is building.”
For Krohn, it means her goldendoodles didn’t die in vain.
“They were here for a purpose so guess what my purpose is now, protecting other animals because that’s what they were here for,” Krohn said.
While this bill makes its way through committees, police are still investigating Kirby and Quigley’s case. In total, Curtis Lumber donated a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The owner, Jay Curtis, donated $10,000.