BUFFALO, NY-- A local lawmaker wants to see tougher penalties for animal abusers.
State Assemblyman Sean Ryan was at the Buffalo Animal Shelter Thursday, proposing new legislation that would double the penalties for those convicted of felony aggravated animal cruelty.
Right now, those found guilty of that charge face two-years in jail and a $5,000 fine. "Phoenix's Law" would raise that to four years and a $10,000 fine.
The law is named after Phoenix, the puppy that was set on fire on Buffalo's east side.
One of the teens accused of setting fire to a puppy, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says Diondre Brown, 17, admitted he acted as a look-out for Adell Ziegler, the other teen suspect.
Ziegler has pleaded not guilty.
Officials say Ziegler, 19, has been indicted by an Erie County Grand Jury for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.