JEANNE NOONAN/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
If the bill is passed, convicts would have their names on the list for five years
Vallone’s idea for a database of convicted animal abusers has been implemented in Suffolk County on Long Island, and in Albany County upstate.
Convicted animal abusers would be prohibited from getting new pets under a bill to create a “do-not-adopt” database that City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. expects to introduce Wednesday.
Vallone wants the city to establish a registry of animal abusers and make it available to law enforcement, pet store owners, animal shelters and other groups.
It would list only those convicted of beating, neglecting or otherwise criminally mistreating cats, dogs and other critters. Their names would appear on the list for up to five years.
“We had a punk on Steinway St. (in Astoria) who threw his dog out the window,” said Vallone. “There is nothing preventing him from going out tomorrow and getting a free animal out of a shelter.”
Suffolk, Rockland and Albany counties have similar registries, and several state lawmakers have proposed a state-wide version. If Vallone’s measure passes, the city Health Department would compile and distribute the database.
“In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals — and often go on to victimize people as well,” said Lisa Franzetta of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Most serial killers begin by victimizing animals. Abuser registries are a common-sense idea whose time has come.”
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