Tedisco’s law is serious work

As the person directly impacted by the brutal murder last year of our dogs, Kirby and Quigley, I was very disheartened to read your Feb. 8 editorial: “Now, Time for Serious Work,” which trivialized the horror inflicted on our family and minimized the outstanding work of Sen. Jim Tedisco to keep others safe.

I hope no person ever has to experience what happened to my family when I came home one day last February to find our home broken into and ransacked and our beautiful golden doodle dogs lying murdered in pools of blood on the kitchen floor. The trauma continues to haunt me.

What can be more serious than locking up those twisted individuals who would violate someone’s home and shoot in cold blood two innocent dogs for no reason other than to be cruel and depraved. Law enforcement experts agree that animal cruelty is a bridge crime and those who hurt animals go on to harm people. That’s why animal cruelty was recently moved to an A-level crime by the FBI.

Sen. Tedisco reached out to me last year after he heard about what happened to our family and offered to rename his already existing bill in memory of Kirby and Quigley to make it a felony crime to harm a companion pet during the commission of another crime such as burglary. Since that day, he has worked tirelessly on our behalf to fight for justice for Kirby and Quigley and to get this public safety law passed to keep people and pets safe.

Only those whose heads are buried in the sand would think this is not a serious issue that demands serious work.

Your editorial also falsely claims the bill “was never likely to have much opposition.” If true, why has the measure passed five times in the Senate but the Assembly refuses to bring it to the floor for a vote?

As for other issues, Sen. Tedisco can walk and chew gum at the same time. As a former teacher, I’ve seen first-hand Mr. Tedisco speak out for our schools, saving millions of tax dollars by having legislation dealt with digitally, property tax relief, and championing our small businesses which create jobs in our area.

He’s no shrinking violet when it comes to speaking truth to power and fighting for his constituents — whether it’s for public safety legislation like Kirby and Quigley’s Law — or for calling for our state to help our towns and cities invest in their underground infrastructure.

I’m sure the senator continues to fight for more of the issues you mentioned but that shouldn’t let the future good diminish passing Kirby and Quigley’s Law.

More legislators should follow Sen. Tedisco’s work ethic and example of standing up, speaking out and fighting tooth and nail for their constituents.