Pet Abuse Registry Started in NY by Suffolk County SPCA… An Idea That is Waaaay Overdue and Needed Everywhere, So Let’s Do It!!
Tough New Law to treat animal offenders like sex offenders… Does it go to far… Heck NO!!
It has been proven that child molesters, serial killers, wife beaters, and deviates of all kinds often started as animal abusers or do both through their lives. It is our job to stop all these types of abuse… and why is abuse of a helpless animal of less importance than child or spousal abuse? elder abuse? Or any type of abuse?
Animal abusers of New York’s Suffolk County on Long Island will now go to jail and on a registry for which they will have to pay $50 to maintain the program
The abusers will be registered and their information will be listed online and on lists for rescues, pet stores, and all animal type programs who will be required to check these before selling any pet. Abusers can also do jail time, public service time and pay larger fees as part of the the program.
The new program is sparking National Interest!!
Time to create a National registry and database to help abused animals and often their human counterparts that their abusers encounter.
An idea that is waaaaay overdue and Needed everywhere… Let’s do it. Let’s take it National!!
Backers of this new law and registry hope the law will be named Justin’s Law for a dog who was rescued literally taking his last breath from being starved to death and the abuse looking online to buy a new puppy… obviously to torture again… Justin was saved and is now doing well…
Animal Abusers Will Appear on Sex Offender-Like Registry in N.Y.
Published October 14, 2010
FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. — You’ve heard of Megan’s Laws, designed to keep sex offenders from striking again. Now there’s a law created in the hope of preventing animal abusers from inflicting more cruelty — or moving on to human victims.
Suffolk County, on the eastern half of Long Island, moved to create the nation’s first animal abuse registry this week, requiring people convicted of cruelty to animals to register or face jail time and fines.
"We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence," said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill’s sponsor. "Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people."
The online list will be open to the public, so that pet owners or the merely curious can find out whether someone living near them is on it. Some animal abusers have been known to steal their neighbors’ pets.
Cooper is also pushing legislation that would bar anyone on the registry from buying or adopting a pet from a shelter, pet shop or breeder.
The law was prompted by a number of animal abuse cases in recent months, including that of a Selden woman accused of forcing her children to watch her torture and kill kittens and dozens of dogs, then burying the pets in her backyard.
Animal welfare activists hope the law, passed unanimously Tuesday in the suburban New York City county of 1.5 million people, will inspire governments nationwide in the same way Megan’s Law registries for child molesters have proliferated in the past decade.
A spokesman for county Executive Steve Levy said he intends to sign the legislation. It then requires a 30-day review by state officials before it goes on the books.
As Fred Surbito took his Yorkshire terrier, Sasha, in for grooming at a Farmingville pet store this week, he applauded the legislation.
"It’s very, very important," he said. "If you don’t love an animal, you should not have an animal. An animal is part of your family. Like your children, they should never be neglected or harmed. Anybody that does should never own a pet again."
More than a dozen states have introduced legislation to establish similar registries, but Suffolk County is the first government entity to pass such a law, said Stephan Otto, director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will administer the database, to be funded by a $50 fee paid by convicted abusers. All abusers 18 or older must supply authorities with their address, a head-and-shoulders photograph and any aliases. Convicted abusers will remain on the registry for five years. Those failing to register face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
After the 2009 arrest of Sharon McDonough, accused of burying kittens and as many as 42 dogs in her yard, neighbors whose pets had disappeared feared the worst. But authorities later concluded that McDonough — who is expected in court this month and could get up to two years in prison if convicted — bought the animals or adopted them through shelters or other traditional outlets.
While some abuse is motivated purely by cruelty, Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said, some recent cases are linked to the poor economy.
For instance, an emaciated Doberman mix was recently found near death inside a foreclosed-on home, he said. And sometimes, pet rescuer Cathy Mulnard said, elderly people on fixed incomes must decide between eating, or feeding their pets.
"They don’t mean to be bad to the animal, but they get overwhelmed and don’t know how to ask for help. They may be innocent abusers," said Mulnard, a founder and co-director of Second Chance Rescue, a Suffolk animal shelter that works closely with the SPCA.
Mulnard called the legislation "a godsend for the animals."
"We take care of our animals and love our animals the way you do your children," she said. "We need to protect every animal that’s out there because they don’t make the decisions in their life; human beings do."
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People who abuse animals and pets are sick or bad people… but either way, they don’t stop and they don’t get better on their own!!