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Group calls for harsher penalties for those who hurt animals

Animal advocates in Central New York are calling for harsher penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals, including jail time and an animal abuser registry, after a dog was left to die in a hot car at the New York State Fair earlier this month.

Animal advocates in Central New York are calling for harsher penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals, including jail time and an animal abuser registry, after a dog was left to die in a hot car at the New York State Fair earlier this month.

— The state is making strides in that direction. After a highly publicized series of events in Syracuse and Utica last summer involving the abuse of dogs, including the starvation death of a pit bull named Grace, Sen. David Valesky joined of a campaign to move those laws from the state’s Agriculture and Markets code to its penal code, where those who violate it would face harsher penalties and could be charged with a felony instead of lesser crimes. At this point, that move has not yet been made. However, it is still on the legislature’s radar.

Camp said it’s urgent to keep such matters in the public eye and to continue to advocate for change, to speak for those who cannot.

“The case of this poor dog that was left in the car is terrible, like all animal abuse cases,” he said. “It's up to us, the people who care for animals, or at least know what's right, to put a stop to it. We have to tell our lawmakers enough is enough.”

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