County Lawmakers Urge NYS Legislature to Enact 'Phoenix's Law'

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- Following a brutal case of animal cruelty, the Erie County Legislature is calling on state lawmakers to enact 'Phoenix's Law'. This new legislation is named after a Jack Russell Terrier puppy that was intentionally set on fire in Buffalo early this month.

Thursday, the Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution to encourage state lawmakers to raise the level of felony for animal torture to "more accurately reflect the brutality of the crime".

"It seems like every few weeks, you pick up the paper or watch a news station and see something egregious done to animals," said Erie County Legislator Terrence McCracken.

"What this resolution would ask is for the state assembly and the senate to get together and take a hard look at the punishments that go with these crimes."

The state legislature will resume session in January.

Mccracken says in the next few week he will be reaching out to state lawmakers in hopes of receiving more support for the measure, including the governor.