Residents speak with Griffo, Brindisi about stiffening animal abuse laws

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 60 people attended the monthly meeting of R-CATS in the Common Council Chambers of Rome City Hall on Tuesday evening, with special guests Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and State Senator Joseph Griffo in attendance.

City of Rome Common Council President John Mazzaferro and Councilman Louis DeMarco were also present at the meeting, which drew people from a four-county area that included Oneida, Herkimer, Oswego and Onondaga Counties.

The topic of discussion was how to effectively change the animal cruelty laws to make the punishment fir the crime. Organizers say that animal cruelty and neglect is sometimes the stepping stone to violent human crimes and constituents were urged to make phone calls and write letters of support for such legislation to their elected officials.

The R-CATS organization presented Brindisi and Griffo with petitions of support for such measures as a registry for animal abuse offenders and moving companion animal laws from Agriculture and Markets oversight to the Penal Code.

R-CATS is an all-volunteer effort in the City of Rome area dedicated to helping residents caring for outdoor cats. They are always in need of donations and volunteers, and more information can be found at

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