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    Following the sentencing of the man connected to the abuse of the “railroad puppies” and the “U-Haul Dogs” Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is asking animal lovers to sign a petition calling for a statewide animal registry.

    Albany resident, Anthony Walker, was sentence to six months in county jail after pleading guilty to felony animal cruelty charges. However, because he already served eight months, he was released as a free man after this sentencing on Tuesday.

    Walker was found guilty in connection to the abuse of three “railroad puppies,” who were left on train tracks to die as well as the “U-Haul Dogs”. Walker was also sentenced to five years of felony probation and will be added to the Albany County animal abuse registry so that he will no longer be able to purchase or adopt a pet in Albany County.

    “While I am happy that Walker has served jail time and is now the Albany county abuse registry, this isn’t enough. This statewide registry will prevent repeat animal abuse offenders throughout New York State. I urge New Yorkers to sign this petition and to contact their legislators to let them know the importance of protecting our furry little friends,” said Senator Greg Ball “Those who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals cannot and should not be tolerated.”

    The animal abusers registry, which passed the Senate this year, will contain the names and addresses of persons convicted of violating Buster's Law in New York State. By maintaining the registry with current information and providing easy accessibility to the public, those involved in the sale or adoption of animals can refer to the registry before allowing an individual to take ownership of an animal.

    The New York State Assembly failed to pass the legislation that would create the statewide registry. Senator Ball is now urging residents to sign a petition for his bill (S2305A).

    As there are laws to protect children and the elderly from abuse, it is important to extend this means of protection to animals as well. Much like Megan's Law was designed to prevent sex offenders from repeating crimes against children, this legislation will serve to prevent animal abusers from committing repeat offenses.