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Nassau County Looks To Set Up Animal Abuse Registry

Miss Harper (credit: Nassau County SPCA)

Miss Harper (credit: Nassau County SPCA)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County lawmakers are considering establishing an animal abuse registry, following a number of abuse cases.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, those convicted of abuse would have their name, photo and address displayed on the abuse website and they could not adopt or buy an animal if the animal abuse registry goes into effect.

Failure to register could land a person in jail for a year, under the proposed statute.

“Animal cruelty leads to other violent crimes. Jeffrey Dahmer, the Son of Sam, the Columbine shooters, they were all people that took out their aggressions early on on animals,” Gary Rogers with the Nassau County SPCA told Hall.

Suffolk County has had an animal abuse registry since 2010.

Rogers said in the case of Miss Harper – the pit bull mix that had her leg and ears cut off – those charged were convicted of abusing another dog before that incident.

“If their name was up on that registry, that might have not happened,” Rogers said. “You have to stop these people from owning animals.”

Nassau County’s legislature would have to approve the registry and then county executive Ed Mangano would have to sign it into law before a registry could be set up.

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