Animal abusers to get public shaming in NY county
FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. – A county on New York’s Long Island is creating what is believed to be the nation’s first public database of animal cruelty convicts.
Animal welfare activists are hoping the law passed this week in Suffolk County will inspire other governments nationwide. They compare their hopes to the proliferation of “Megan’s Law” registries for sex offenders.
People convicted of animal cruelty will have to register or face jail time and fines. The registry will have open access so neighbors wary of their pets’ safety can see whether any animal abusers live nearby.
More than a dozen states have introduced similar legislation, but Suffolk is the first area to approve it.
There is also legislation pending in the county to prevent shelters, pet stores and breeders from giving or selling animals to people listed in the registry.
This does not yet exist in California (but I think it should). In the meantime, this database includes nearly 16,000 cases of animal abuse.