Senator Jim Tedisco is sponsoring a bi-partisan public safety measure "Kirby & Quigley's Law" to make it a "Buster's Law" felony punishable with two years in jail for harming a companion pet during the commission of another felony crime.
“Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary nearly one year ago which is still an unsolved case. The bill (S.1680/A.3038) would make it a Buster’s Law animal cruelty law felony, punishable with 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine, for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony. This enhanced penalty ensures that perpetrators are charged with felony animal cruelty charges when they face other felonies such as burglary. The measure was renamed “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” in the dogs’ memory with support from the Krohn family who have turned their personal tragedy into something positive to advocate for passage of this law to keep others safe.
Animal cruelty is a top tier Group A offense for the FBI because it's a bridge crime whereby those who hurt animals often go on to harm humans.
Please show your support for "Kirby & Quigley's Law" by joining this online petition.