Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-Northport) joined Assembly Minority Leader James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro and animal rights advocates to call for passage of Buster’s Bill II. The bill would make use of an animal in the commission of a felony offense punishable by up to two years in prison.
Buster’s Bill II is in response to the recent case of 10 Labrador puppies having their bellies cut open and stuffed with packets of heroin to be smuggled into the United States from South America.
“We want to make certain these individuals and any other people intent on using animals as drug mules are punished properly,” said Raia.
“By creating this law, we would increase the severity of the punishment and close a possible loophole that these sick criminals could use to reduce their sentences. We are sending a clear message: if you use innocent animals during the commission of a crime, you will be severely punished,” concluded Raia.
The FBI has said animal cruelty can lead to more serious crimes against humans. Infamous serial killers Ted Bundy, the “Son of Sam” and Jeffrey Dahmer all had a history of abusing animals.