A local Assemblyman is pushing for tougher penalties for animal abusers following the deaths of two dogs found on the railroad tracks in Whitestown.

Anthony Brinsidi says his legislation would change the way certain animal cruelty violations are classified and would increase the penalty for animal abuse charges.

He says as with most cases of animal abuse, the person or persons responsible for the deaths of the dogs will only face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Brindisi says horrific crimes likes this one cannot be taken lightly and he will not sit by as abusers receive a mere slap on the wrist.