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Legislator renews call for action after cats found in freezer

By Lombardo David
Friday, January 25, 2013

The discovery of more than 60 cats in a Schoharie County freezer has led Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, to renew a call for action.

Authorities seized about 100 live cats from a Schoharie County home on Thursday where more than 60 dead felines were found dead in a freezer.

Tedisco has outlined three steps, which include a registry of animal abusers, that would potentially prevent an incident like this again.

His plans include a statewide registry of abusers, a prohibition on owning animals and psychiatric evaluations of animal abusers. He is also a supporter of legislation that offers tax credits and voluntary contributions to encourage people to spay neuter their animals.

Tedisco said, “Can there be any doubt that someone who stores 60 cats in a freezer is unable to control themselves and needs help?"

" Here’s a women who may be incarcerated, but it’s a sure bet that without treatment and if she’s not placed on a registry of animal abusers and prohibited from owning a pet again, she will get out and hurt another animal," he said. "But even if she can’t go to a pet store she could go out on the street and pick up stray cats. That’s why we need a holistic approach that encourages people to spay and neuter their cats. Isn’t it time to stop the madness?”

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