Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of
"Phoenix's Law" in the State Senate. This legislation would increase certain penalties for aggravated cruelty to animals and is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to pass this important piece of legislation. This is the second consecutive year that Senator Grisanti has sponsored and passed "Phoenix's Law" in the State Senate.
Grisanti's bill calls for an act to amend the agriculture and markets law by increasing certain penalties for aggravated cruelty to animals by doubling the penalties as well as requiring the individual found guilty of the crime to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
"In light of the case that took place in Western New York two years ago when a dog was purposely set on fire, I believe it is imperative that action be taken to ensure a horrific incident like that ever happens again in our community or anyone else in the state," said Senator Grisanti.
An incident that occurred in the City of Buffaloon October 29, 2012 resulted in Phoenix, a five-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, suffering severe burns after it was intentionally set on fire. Phoenix miraculously survived that incident as well as weeks of senseless abuse prior by two individuals. As a result, Phoenix has served as a rallying cry for changes to animal abuse laws not only in Western New York but across the state.
Senator Grisanti has heard from many of his constituents, including employees and volunteers at local animal shelters, who favor this proposed legislation.
Recently, Senator Grisanti was honored by the ASPCA for his advocacy on multiple pet-protection bills including "Phoenix's Law."