The New York State is putting a bite on crimes against animals.
Albany went to the dogs, and cats, and birds and other pets June 3 as the Senate held its annual Animal Advocacy Day.
The Senate passed a number of measures:
* Double the jail time for people who commit acts of cruelty to animals in front of children to four years
* Double the maximum fine of misdemeanor abandonment of animals to $2,000
* make the theft of a pet a felony grand larceny offense
* increase the penalties for leaving a companion animal in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold temperatures with a first offense a fine of $250-$500 and $500-$1,000 for repeat offenses