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NYS Animal Advocacy Day draws crowd

Posted: Updated: May 28, 2014 04:01 PM
Check out Fritz helping Liz Holliday at the 4th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the New York State Legislature. Check out Fritz helping Liz Holliday at the 4th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the New York State Legislature.
ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State Animal Advocacy Day took place Wednesday, at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

One of the event's hosts, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco calls the day the biggest nonpartisan, bipartisan event at the Capitol. But he says it is the support of the 30 exhibitors and fellow advocates that really make a difference when it comes to pet legislation. 

"It’s a bridge crime, we had to educated the public and my colleagues that it's important to protect animals against abuse because people who abuse animals go on the abuse people,” said Tedisco.

A registered list of animal abusers, prevention of horse slaughter and an end to animal cruelty were just a few topics covered at the Fourth Annual Animal Advocacy Day. 

John Hargroce, a former Seaworld Killer Whale trainer featured in the documentary “Blackfish”, Yakkul, a dog from Afghanistan that was adopted by a U.S. Special Forces officer from Valatie, and Nimee, a disabled dog that uses a wheelchair to walk around, were featured at the event.

"A lot of your higher crimes start with animal cruelty, so if we could stop it there then maybe we could stop the higher crimes as well,” said Cassie Hayden, Nimee's owner.

The event, which drew hundreds of people to the Capitol, took place from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. NEWS10 ABC’s Steve Caporizzo emceed the speaking program beginning at 10:30 a.m.

"As difficult as it is, this is a difficult topic to talk about animal abuse, but to see a lot of happy things going on here at the end that's important," said Steve Caporizzo.

Assemblyman Tedisco says the State of New York has come a long way in the past four years when it comes to protecting man’s best friend-, but he hopes days like this show just how much more we have to go. 

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