Updated: 07/23/2014 9:19 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 9:18 AM WHEC.com
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to strengthen the penalties for the theft and mistreatment of pets. The legislation increases the maximum fine from $200 to $1,000 for anyone who tries to steal, harm or transport a dog, cat or other pet that doesn’t belong to them.
Governor Cuomo said, "For many New Yorkers, a pet can be an extension of their family which is why pet theft is a particularly heartless offense. Increasing the penalties for stealing or harming dogs, cats and other animals is an important way that we can crack down on this crime, and I thank the bill's sponsors for their work on this issue."
The new penalty will be applied to those who remove a collar or identification, entice, seize or harass a pet while it is being held, led or while properly muzzled, or transporting an animal for the purpose of killing or selling it.
The fine has not been increased since 1970.