N.Y. Bill Would Create Statewide Cruelty Convict Registry

Those convicted of animal cruelty crimes anywhere in the state of New York would be required to register with a statewide animal cruelty offender database under a bill now pending in that state's legislature.

In 2010 and 2011 lawmakers passed animal abuser registry legislation in Suffolk County, N.Y., and Albany County, N.Y., respectively,.

A bill introduced earlier this month by New York state Assemblyman James Tedisco would establish a similar statewide registry. If passed, A1506, would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty anywhere in New York state to register with the database. The bill would also require breeders, animal shelters, and pet stores operating in the state to consult the database before selling or placing an animal into a new home.

Adam Kramer, Tedisco's chief of staff, said the bill is intended to prevent those convicted of animal cruelty crimes in one county from obtaining animals in another.

Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Director Roy Gross said the bill's passage would enhance but not replace existing county registries.

"This will not change anything we are doing," Gross said. "In fact, it's a win-win for everybody because it lets animal cruelty perpetrators know that everybody in the state will know who they are and what they've done."

Details of the bill will be refined when the New York State Assembly reconvenes in January 2012, Kramer said. Meanwhile, the bill has been transferred to the Assembly's Agricultural Committee for consideration, he said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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