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NY bill targets theft of family pets
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Stealing the family dog or cat in New York could soon send a pet thief to prison.          

A bill under consideration by New York lawmakers would send someone convicted of stealing a pet to prison for up to four years for felony grand larceny.          

The measure passed in the state Senate on Wednesday and now goes to the Assembly for its consideration.          

The sponsors say the punishment for the crime - now a misdemeanor - must be toughened to meet the severity of the crime. The crime would include stealing dogs as bait for fighting dogs and for use in research, as well as the use of pets as pawns in domestic violence.          

The measure would likely be the toughest of its kind in the nation.

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