Erie County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) sponsored legislation unanimously approved by the Erie County Legislature calling on the New York State Legislature to increase its penalties for felony animal abuse convictions at its November 29 session.
“I am encouraging the New York State Legislature to enact ‘Phoenix’s Law,’ named after the Jack Russell terrier two Buffalo teenagers allegedly doused with lighter fluid and set afire in late October,” Legislator McCracken said. “Fortunately, despite horrible burns, the dog, now named Phoenix, has survived and is recovering. But the underlying horrific crime is not at the level of felony that I believe is severe enough to result in adequate punishment upon conviction.”
“We urge the New York State Assembly and Senate to introduce and approve laws raising the level of felony for animal torture and abuse to more accurately reflect the severity of these inhumane crimes, and for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to enact these laws,” Legislator McCracken added. “These animals, often our pets and companions, are loyal, bring us happiness every day and are defenseless from such horrible abuse and deserve our protection.”