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Court allows convicted animal abuser to live with a dog

ALBANY -- Court records released Wednesday show convicted animal abuser Anthony Walker, 30, is permitted to live with a dog. Walker was convicted under Busters Law for leaving dogs on railroad tracks in Albany last year and for abandoning hungry and nearly frozen puppies in a U-Haul truck earlier this year.

Walker was given a plea deal of six months in jail, which have already been served, and five years of probation. He is also not allowed to own pets during his probation, but the court granted an exception for him to live with his mother and her dog.

Those who abuse animals go on to hurt people. Its a bridge crime. Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, [Jeffrey] Dahmer all had a history of abusing animals before they became serial murders. Giving this individual six months already served is a slap on the wrist, said Asm. Jim Tedisco (R) Glenville, who helped pass Busters Law. There's nothing wrong with the law. The penalty is fairly severe what the problem is, is the law enforcement officials, the district attorney, the judicial system.

A spokesperson with the Albany County District Attorneys Office declined to comment about the exemption.

A woman who identified herself as Walkers mother told CBS 6 her dog is in good condition.

I would appreciate it if you would leave me alone. I have nothing to do with this, said Walkers mother. He's a grown man and for you to be coming to my house, worrying about my dog concerns me greatly. You can check my records, my dog is fine.
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