On 3/18, the Syracuse City Common Council passed a memorializing resolution urging legislators to enact A-775/S-1776, the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill, making Syracuse the first municipality in New York State to do so. Championed by the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and Cuse Pit Crew, this resolution was crafted by City Clerk John Copanas, and submitted by Councilors Jean Kessner and Bob Dougherty. The resolution, which would move animal cruelty from the under the Agriculture and Markets to the Penal Code in order to promote understanding, awareness, and enforcement of animal crime laws, passed the Common Council with a unanimous vote. The meeting was attended by NY State Director of HSUS, Brian Shapiro, who made remarks before the Common Council in favor of the resolution.
This action moves Syracuse into the forefront of NYS municipalities fighting animal abuse, and we in the Animal Alliance couldn’t be prouder!
- Animal Alliance calls on judge, DA to prosecute animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law (syracuse.com)
- Jennifer Owens: Cuse Pit Crew works to end pit bull abuse in Syracuse (syracuse.com)