Suffolk County Passes Animal Abuse Bill

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) Suffolk County is making it very tough for anyone to abuse animals.

County legislators Tuesday passed legislation that bars pet stores, breeders and animal shelters from selling or giving animals to people listed on Suffolk’s animal abuse registry.

The law is expected to be signed by County Executive Steve Levy.

It will require sellers to check the ID of buyers against the registry, which goes into effect May 23.

Violators of the new law will be fine $500 for the first offense, $1,000 for the second and $1,500 for subsequent infractions.

Last year, Suffolk created the nation’s first animal abuse registry. It requires people convicted of cruelty to animals to register or face jail time and fines.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Vulpecula Insidior

    what an excellent idea … should be an international thing really.. as Every conscious human knows animal abuse & abuse against humans are linked together Yay for someone taking a stand .. wish Canadian’s would do the same

  • Rodin

    “The human race had yet to render itself extinct; perhaps the animals were just a dry run. Once you believed animals were insensate things, disposable, of utilitarian value only, it wasn’t hard to move on to people.”

    American novelist and poet

  • nyc

    This should be a national program ! There are so many sick people out there and the poor animals need help !

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