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NYS Senate passes tougher animal abuse bill
ALBANY -- The New York State Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that puts more teeth into Buster's Law.
The bill would require those convicted of abusing animals to register his or her name and address with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and would also ban that person from ever owning a pet again.
Phoenix, a Jack Russell terrier, was badly burned by a teenager, and was one of the inspirations behind the bill. The teen admitted to dousing the puppy in lighter fluid and setting him on fire.
The bill now heads to the New York State Assembly.