New York Bill Would Amend Penal Code to Include Crimes Against Animals for the Purpose of Threatening or Intimidating a Household Member

New York Assembly Bill 483 would establish the crimes of cruelty to animals to threaten, intimidate or harass in the second degree and first degree. The crimes would be imposed for killing or injuring an animal “with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or harass a family or household member.” The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Codes.