Several horses seized in an animal cruelty case in the Adirondacks in 2013
New York Senator Greg Ball is asking animal lovers to sign a petition calling for a statewide animal cruelty registry.
The call for the petition followed the sentencing of an Albany resident who plead guilty to leaving three puppies on railroad tracks to die.
The man will be added the Albany County animal abuse registry so that he will no longer be able to purchase or adopt a pet within the county.
Outside of Albany County however he would be able to adopt or purchase animals.
“Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals, cannot and should not be tolerated,” said NYS Senator Greg Ball.
The state wide animal abuse registry was passed by the State Senate earlier this year but the State Assembly failed to pass the legislation.
The registry would contain the names and addresses of persons convicted of violating Busters’s Law in New York State and allow easy access to the public to provide the information to those involved in the sale or adoption of animals before allowing an individual to take ownership of an animal.
Although Buster’s Law currently only applies to individuals who have killed or caused serious injury to companion animals such as dogs, cats or other pets, there are several pending bills that would expand the law to protect all animals, including farm animals and wildlife as well as failure to feed, water and provide shelter to animals.
Buster’s law has been said to have all bark and no bite allowing many individuals to slip through cases with minor infractions similar to those of traffic violations.
The registry would aid in keeping all individuals convicted of animal cruelty from gaining ownership of animals.
“I think having a state wide registry would help agencies like the SPCA and Humane Society adopt animals out to an appropriate home,” said Elmore SPCA Shelter Manager Rebecca Burdo.
“Both law enforcement agencies and the judicial systems would benefit from the registry because a lot of hard core criminals start out abusing animals. In our region even if the animal abusers go to court the consequences they face are minimal, a registry would be a deterrent because those individuals wouldn’t be able to purchase or adopt another animal,” said Burdo.
“I hope this registry shows the need for a local animal cruelty officer. As good a job as law enforcement does, the need for a specialized officer with specific training should be a priority. In the majority of cases in our area people aren’t trying to be cruel, they’re just not educated with what animals need. Many cases involve mental illness, elderly or sick people simply neglecting their animals.”
“Having something organized such as a registry would be a good thing considering the amount cruelty cases we’ve seen recently,” said Clinton County Sheriff David Favro.
Favro pointed out that in the extreme cases of animal cruelty are of particular importance due to the fact that a lot of these individual re offend.