Animals in New York can rejoice even more this week as New York Ulster county recently passed a law to take a stand against animal cruelty by creating an animal abuser registry. Anyone convicted of animal abuse will be required to register to an animal abuser registry where they are required to submit their name, address, photograph and have their information stored for 15 years following a conviction.
Should the animal abuse commit a subsequent crime, the offender will be registered for life. This registration is mandatory as a fine of $100-250 fee + 15 days jail time awaits anyone who tries to avoid registering.
“It’s about making sure that everyone in the community is aware that, if someone has committed those kinds of atrocities to an animal, that they are aware of it and their community,” Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said. “On top of that, we understand the very real link between things like escalation between abusing pets and ultimately domestic violence and a whole host of violent crimes.”
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This law is similar to Orange County’s Rocky’s Law, also an animal registry law named for a dog that was abused by its owner.