Recently, Senator George Amedore, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, and I invited the Krohn’s family - owners of Kirby and Quigley, two murdered Montgomery County dogs - to the State Capitol. Together, we called on the Assembly to bring "Kirby and Quigley's Law" to the floor for debate and shined a spotlight on the lack of repercussions towards the senseless killing of animals. Legislation, S.2936, would make harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony a Buster Law felony. This crime would be punishable by two years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Kirby and Quigley paid for a robbery gone wrong with their life. Although I cannot bring the Krohn's family their canine companions back, I will continue to push for this legislation and the urgent need for animal justice reform. This legislation will be a top priority for this year’s Animal Advocacy Day on June 7th.
The State Senate has passed “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” three times, most recently in March 2016 by a 59-1 vote. The lawmakers have launched an online petition drive to harness the power of the people to urge the Speaker of the Assembly to allow the bill to come through committee to the Floor for a debate and vote.