Albany County, N.Y., Considers Banning Dog and Cat Sales to Animal Abusers

An online “Animal Abuse Registry” would list people prohibited from purchasing a cat or dog.

Posted: September 26, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Convicted cat abusers would have to register themselves under a proposed law.
The Albany County, N.Y., legislature is set to hold a public hearing next week on a law that seeks to establish an online “Animal Abuse Registry.” Pet stores would be prohibited from selling animals to individuals listed in the registry.

Under proposed Local Law No. K, any Albany County resident 16 years old and up who has been convicted of an animal abuse crime would have to register with the animal abuse registry within five days of their release from incarceration or from the date of judgment of conviction. All offenders would have to pay an annual $50 fee to the Albany County Sheriffs Department and submit the following information:
• Name and any aliases;

• Residential address; and

• Headshot.

All registered individuals would be required to update their registry information annually and within 10 days of any change of address.

Every person required to register will remain on the registry for 10 years following their conviction. Any registered animal abuse offender who receives a second conviction would be placed on the registry for life.

If adopted, any Albany County pet sellers, animal sellers or other persons or entities would be prohibited from selling, exchanging or otherwise transferring ownership of any animal to any person listed on the registry. It would be the responsibility of the seller, etc., to check the registry to confirm, that the potential animal owner is not listed.
Any animal shelter, pet seller or other individual or entity who does not consult the registry before transferring an animal would be guilty of a violation and subject to a $5,000 fine.

A public hearing on the proposed law is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, 7:15 p.m., in the Albany County office building.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is asking businesses that would be affected by this law to speak out against the proposal. While it supports laws that protect the welfare of animals, PIJAC said it “opposes the imposition of excessive burdens on pet dealers by local governments, particularly where a state licensing statute already establishes comprehensive requirements for pet dealers, which is the case in New York.” PIJAC also noted that some pet dealers may not have the Internet access needed to check the registry.

To view proposed Local Law No. K in its entirety, click here.
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debby    oxford, MN

9/28/2011 11:21:16 PM

i agree with all the comments made, i hate which is a bad word, but do any kind of abuse to animals, children or old people or women or men. hope the other states get it going too!

Lisa    Dothan, AL

9/28/2011 11:17:40 AM

:-) I hope this a Huge Success and other states follow.

a    hollister, CA

9/28/2011 10:48:57 AM

:}

Laurie    Springfield, MA

9/27/2011 5:10:00 PM

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. I DON'T TOLERATE ANY ANIMAL ABUSE. IF I HAD MY WAY I'D MAKE IT A LAW THAT THE ABUSER GETS THE SAME ABUSE DONE ON THEM THAT THEY DID ON THE ANIMAL, ONLY TEN TIMES WORSE.

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