Area residents head to Albany to speak up for animal rights

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Dozens of Central New Yorkers -- including the founder of Lainey's Army, boarded an Albany-bound bus Wednesday to lobby for harsher animal cruelty penalties.

The group is lobbying for the consolidated animal crimes bill, which is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

Almost 50 people boarded the bus at New Hartford Shopping Center for the Humane Society of the United States Legislative Day in Albany.

"This is our day to go to Albany and fight for the consolidated animal penalty," said Kimberly Strong, founder of Lainey's Army. "It's important to Central New York because of the cruelty cases we've had, the law needs to pass."

Strong adds that animal cruelty laws were written back in the 1920s and don't reflect how people feel about their animals today.


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