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Tkaczyk aims to increase penalties for shelter violation


ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is introducing new legislation that would change the charge of failure to provide adequate shelter for dogs from a violation to a misdemeanor.

Currently, the harshest penalty for leaving a dog out in the cold or other dangerous conditions is a fine of $50 or $100 for the first offense, and up to $250 for a second offense.

"The current penalty is the equivalent of a parking ticket," Senator Tkaczyk said.  "Knowingly leaving dogs to suffer in the freezing cold should be treated as a crime, not as an expired parking meter."

Under the proposed law, the violation would become a misdemeanor criminal charge punishable by up to a year in jail, substantial fines and probation.

"As a dog-owner and an animal lover, I know that caring for an animal is a huge responsibility, and dog owners have to take that responsibility seriously, whether they own one even if they're a commercial operation," she said.

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