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11/28/2011
New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco to Address Animal Law Class at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

WHO: New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (110th District), a key advocate for the passage of the landmark Buster's Law (1999) which made animal cruelty toward companion pets a felony. (Buster the cat was intentionally set on fire by a Schenectady youth who was later convicted of rape.)
WHAT: A discussion with students enrolled in Animal Law I at Hudson Valley Community College
WHEN: 6 p.m. today (Monday, Nov. 28, 2011)
WHERE: Marvin Library Multipurpose Room
Hudson Valley Community College,
80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180
DETAILS: This fall, Hudson Valley began offering a 27-credit certificate program in Animal Advocacy. Those completing the certificate can pursue careers including but not limited to humane law enforcement, animal control, humane education, shelter management, lobbying and policy-making.

The new program will has courses dealing with Animal Cruelty Investigation, Legal Issues for Animal Control, Lobbying and Legislating for Animal Protection, Shelter and Rescue Management and Veterinary Forensics.

Courses related to the legal rights of animals have been very popular with current students since they were first offered at Hudson Valley in 2005. The Lang Fund was established that year to provide for expenses associated with the initial Animal Law course offered through the college's Department of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration. In March, the college announced a $100,000 gift to the program from television personality and animal advocate Bob Barker.

At tonight's class, Assemblyman Tedisco will provide an overview of key legislation protecting animals in New York State and update students on animal rights initiatives now before the state Assembly.

In addition to his leadership of Buster's Law, Assemblyman Tedisco also hosted the state's first Animal Advocacy Day on June 1, 2011. A law that upgrades being a spectator at an animal fight from a violation to a misdemeanor was passed as a result of Animal Advocacy day.

He is currently working on legislation to create a statewide registry for animal abusers and to mandate a psychiatric evaluation for animal abusers convicted of felony offenses. (Albany County recently created an animal abuse registry and many states already require psychiatric evaluations in animal abuse cases.)

He proposed "Skye's Bill," which would bring pet horses under the felony animal cruelty law. (This bill is in response to the brutal stabbing/slaying of a horse named Skye three years ago in Hoosick.)

He proposed legislation to allow felony-level charges against the owners of dangerous dogs that attack without cause, an additional deterrent to the growing problem of irresponsible dog ownership.

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.