Bella, an eleven-year-old Shepherd mix, was killed by her caregiver on December 23, 2016 in Long Island, New York. He tightened a zip tie around her neck, stuffed her in a garbage bag, and beat her with a metal shovel. Due to the extent of her injuries, Bella had to be euthanized. Despite the seriousness of the crime, Bella's abuser received only four months in county jail - that's not justice.
New York ranked in the bottom half of states in the Animal Legal Defense Fund's most recent U.S. Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report. Current law only allows abusers to serve a maximum of two years in jail - no matter how egregious the crime. That's why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading a coalition to introduce Bella's Bill in the New York legislature. Bella's Bill would update New York's outdated animal cruelty laws.
In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund worked with New York State Senator Andrew Lanza and Assembly member Linda Rosenthal to introduce S 8724 and companion bill A 10070, respectively, (both informally known as "Bella's Bill"), to overhaul New York's outdated animal cruelty laws. Though the bills didn't pass, they are already hard at work for 2019.
Assembly member Rosenthal re-introduced Bella's Bill (A 342) in early January 2019. With your support we can make Bella's Bill a reality.
If you live in New York, your state representatives need to know that you support strong animal cruelty laws! Sign the open letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to support Bella's Bill.
Follow Bella's Bill on ALDF.ORG, Facebook and the Bella's Bill Facebook Page for the latest news. During the 2019 legislative season, we will be calling on you to contact your legislators and tell them to support Bella's Bill.
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