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30 Dec

New York City Looks To Establish Animal Abuse Registry

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New York City is one step closer to passing a law that would require convicted animal abusers to join a registry that would prohibit them from owning or adopting pets.

The New York City Council passed a bill that is now on its way to the mayor’s desk to be signed into law. Under it, someone convicted of animal abuse in New York City will have to join the registry, preventing him or her from getting another pet, according to CBSNewYork.

While the registry wouldn’t be made available to the general public, animal shelters and rescue groups would be required to consult it when screening applicants. Any convicted animal abuser that fails to register, or is caught owning a pet, could face up to one year in jail.

The Big Apple isn’t the only place pondering an animal abuser registry. States like Connecticut, Nevada and New York are also considering legislation to install their own.

How effective do you think animal abuse registries will be in stopping animal abuse and protecting pets? Let us know and comment!

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