North Country Sen. Ritchie says new law will help police crack down on animal abuse
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 9:16 am

Legislation sponsored by North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie R-Heuvelton to boost training for law enforcement and help them to more effectively crack down on animal abuse.

The bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

“The effectiveness of our laws to protect animals from mistreatment and abuse depend on how knowledgeable and well-trained members of our law enforcement are,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie’s 48th Senate District covers northern and western St. Lawrence County, including Ogdensburg, Canton and Gouverneur.

“Through this measure, police and prosecutors will be better informed about laws aimed at protecting animals and will be more aware of the tools they have available to them to crack down on those who seek to harm these innocent creatures,” Ritchie said in a prepared statement.

The measure, Senate bill 5320, will require state agencies to work more closely together in developing police training policies and procedures related to the enforcement of animal cruelty and protection laws. In addition, it will also require the state to make information about animal abuse laws more accessible to law enforcement in both written and digital formats.