State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco will get some all-star help — two- and four-legged — for the second annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the well of the Legislative Office Building.
“Animal Advocacy is purely a people and paw-powered event that’s about keeping all members of our families safe,” Tedisco said in a press statement. The day will be used to encourage legislators to strengthen animal cruelty laws.
Ball is sponsor of two bills: S.7268A, which would provide licensed pet dealers with updated standards of care, andS.3804A, which would require violators of “Buster’s Law” to register their names with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Confirmed guests this year include Prince Lorenzo Borghese, star of Season 9 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and founder of the Royal Pet Club, vendor of “prestigious pet products.” (Italian Pink Grapefruit Instant Tearless Bath Spritz, anyone?)
Also tapped for an appearance is Bocker the Labradoodle, whose film roles include parts in “Men in Black 3,” “Eat Pray Love” and “War of the Worlds” (as listed on his IMDB resume). (Bocker has endorsed Royal Pet Club, by the way.)
Bocker has another connection to New York politics: In 2008, he appeared on Fox’s “Mike and Juliet Morning Show” as the canine avatar of then U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), at the time a presidential candidate. Why was Bocker like Clinton? Bocker’s handler offered up reasoning reminiscent of this famously sexist quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson in the 18th century. (READ MORE)