Thursday, October 14, 2010

Suffolk County, New York Creates First-ever Animal Abuser Registry

Suffolk County legislators unanimously approved a bill to create the nation’s first animal abuser registry on Tuesday.

Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper (center) is joined by peace officers from the Suffolk County SPCA, animal rights advocates and both two-legged and four-legged supporters as he announces his plan to create an Animal Abuser Registry, similar to the kind already in place for sex offenders.

The registry will be a publicly accessible and searchable database listing the names of those living in Suffolk County over the age of 18 who are convicted of inhumane treatment and torture of animals, similar to the sex offender registry. Convicted animal abusers will be required to register their names, aliases, addresses and submit a photograph for the registry at least five days after their conviction or the release of their incarceration.

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