Greene County Establishes Animal Abuse Registry

GREENE COUNTY, NY (NEWS10) – For animals in Greene County, new legislation has been passed to ensure they are placed in good homes.

“The Animal Abuse Registry was developed and passed last week by the county legislature with the goal of preventing people who abuse animals from being able to obtain animals in the future,” the county sheriff explained. by Greene, Pete Kusminky.

For those convicted, a list of their names will be visible to all, much like the Albany County Animal Abuse Registry which can be found on the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society website.

“The first person will not be listed until they have been sentenced,” Kusminsky said.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office also has its own app that will make it easier for pet sellers to avoid putting an animal in the wrong hands. However, preventing offenders from owning animals is not the only protection offered by this law.

“It will also prevent them from volunteering at a pet seller establishment or somewhere that deals with animals,” Kusminsky said.

A big boost to this animal abuse registry came after Peaches, a dog from Greene County, survived an attempt to behead his owner. In Oneida County, an animal abuse registry has been in place for 3 years now, with the last convictions occurring in 2020.

“Sheriff’s offices — we communicate regularly, together, all of us,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol. “But still, the only thing I’d like to see is either all of these registers that exist, and there’s only a handful of them, whether they’re networked – or even one registry. statewide. “

While the Greene County registry is the most recent locally, Rensselaer County adopted an animal abuse registry just a few weeks ago.

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