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State lawmakers push for animal cruelty bill

January 26, 2017 06:43 PM

An area woman continued her yearlong crusade to turn her personal tragedy into public good.

Denise Krohn says when her dogs were killed last year during a burglary in Montgomery County, it was an "atrocity" that needs to be rectified.

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February 17, 2016 is a date that Denise Krohn says she will never be able to forget.

Krohn was back at the state Capitol on Thursday, trying to make sure lawmakers don't forget what happened to her family on that date and crusading to make sure what happened to her, won't happen to anyone else.

WEB EXTRA: Pet owner whose dogs were killed by robbers discusses 'Kirby and Quigley's Law'

"It was like a scene from a horror movie and I can't even watch horror movies but it was something that I don't think anybody should ever have to see," noted Krohn.

What Krohn came home to on that horrifying day was far beyond an ordinary burglary. During the course of the crime, someone shot and killed her family's precious pets, two loveable and adorable goldendoodles named Kirby and Quigley.

"It was an atrocity," she declared.

No one has ever been arrested for that atrocity, although even if they had, they could only be charged with the burglary.

"We have to make sure that there's a penalty, because if there is no penalty for burglarizing and killing two companion pets, then it’s open season on those animals," noted Republican Assem. Jim Tedisco of Glenville.

Tedisco introduced "Kirby and Quigley's Law" last year when he was an assemblyman, now he's a senator, with bipartisan support.

"These are crimes that we cannot tolerate. As a society we cannot be tolerant of attacks on innocent animals," asserted Democratic Assem. Angelo Santabarbara of Rotterdam.

"It's time New York gets real with this. It's time we pass this and the governor signs it into law," urged Republican Senator George Amedore of Rotterdam.

If that were to happen, anyone who harms animals during the commission of a felony would be charged with a second felony that would automatically add two years to their prison sentence.

"There's a reason for me to be doing this and that is because whether you have a pet or not, everybody knows that an animal gives you unconditional love and my dogs were the epitome of that and I can't let that go," admitted Krohn.

WEB EXTRA: Denise Krohn on getting the Codes Committee support for 'Kirby and Quigley's Law'

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