Cases of animal hoarding in the region are getting the attention of one lawmaker in Albany. After a recent animal hoarding case involving 135 cats in a trailer in Saratoga County, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco outlined steps the state could take to protect animals from abuse. He joins us from our newsroom with more.
CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- Animal hoarding cases have been on the rise and now one state lawmaker is calling for legislation to protect pets and neighborhoods.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is calling for a statewide registry of animal abusers. He renewed his call after recent cases that include135 cats taken from a woman who lived in a trailer in Halfmoon and several more cats were found in a home in Johnsonville in Rensselaer County.
Under the legislation, in addition to the registry, convicted animal abusers would also have to undergo a mandatory psychiatric evaluation. Tedisco says it's an important statewide issue.
"This is becoming a very serious problem and concern. It's almost reaching epidemic proportions. It's not only about animal abuse, it's also about public safety. It's about infectious diseases potentially and the impact of neighborhoods. When you have 135 cats in a house, that's going to have an impact not only on the house but on the neighborhood itself," Tedisco said.
Tedisco also says there is pending legislation that would tax credits to pet owners who spay and neuter their pet. He is also sponsoring the Second Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day which is scheduled for June 13th in Albany.