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An effort to prevent animal abuse through a county-wide animal abuse registry began in the spring of 2018. A dog found dead in a wooded area of Jamestown quickly led to the adoption of a local law by the Chautauqua County Legislature.
Three and a half years after its creation, the register of animal mistreatment is put to use.
Four people convicted of animal abuse charges – including the townsman whose actions led to the creation of the registry – were recently added to a webpage hosted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office .
Local law prohibits convicted offenders from adopting, purchasing, or obtaining animals from any animal shelter or pet dealer. It also requires animal shelters and pet sellers to review the registry to confirm that the potential owner’s name is not on it.
Actions that result in entry into the registry include abandoning, injuring, excessive driving, or torturing animals; not providing adequate food; poison or attempt to poison animals; harm service animals; and injuring or killing a police animal.
The register is modeled on the one set up in Cattaraugus County. On Monday, nine people were on the register.
According to a CBS report, Suffolk County in New York State was the first in the country to create an animal abuse registry.
On its website – sheriff.us – the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said anyone convicted of animal cruelty in the county after May 2018 is required to submit information.
“The information listed here was provided by convicts to the Chautauqua County Sheriff and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information contained on the website”, writes the sheriff’s office on its site.
“Anyone who sells, gives or adopts an animal to another person in Chautauqua County must check the registry before any change in ownership. Giving, selling, or adopting an animal to a person on the registry is a violation of county law.
Currently on the list are Jamestown resident Robert Overton, convicted of aggravated animal cruelty; Mayville resident Stefan Parkhurst convicted of excessive driving, torture and harming animals; Angel Ramos, resident of Dunkirk, sentenced for animal cruelty; and Jamestown resident Matthew Williams convicted of torturing or injuring animals/failing to provide food.