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Letter: Strong protection vs. animal cruelty

Janine Dion, founder and president of Pet Peeves

Janine Dion, founder and president of Pet Peeves Inc., a nonprofit she runs from her office at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, takes a call while on a visit to the Animal Lovers League in Glen Cove. (Nov. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

I hope that the State Senate will act on the Consolidated Animal Crimes bill, which would add animal cruelty to the state penal code, allowing police to take more informed and decisive action ["Registry targets animal abusers," News, May 6].

The bill would give district attorneys more tools to prosecute these cases and allow judges to mete out longer sentences, assign stiffer penalties and punish repeat offenders more appropriately.

The bill states that any fines would help defray the costs of caring for animals that must be kept in state custody as evidence during trials.

Ted David

Joan Phillips

Glen Cove

Editor's note: The writers are members of the Animal Lovers' League of Glen Cove.