New Animal Abuse Registry

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Nassau County Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello, joined by his colleagues in the Legislature and the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCSPCA), recently created a registry that will prevent people convicted of animal abuse in the county from adopting pets from shelters or stores.

The legislation was approved by the county legislature with unanimous support from both parties. It will establish an online registry of individuals convicted of animal abuse and prevent those people from purchasing animals in Nassau County.

“Statistically, there is a high rate of recidivism among people who are convicted of an animal abuse crime,” said Legislator Nicolello. “By creating this registry, we can better protect those helpless animals from being abused.”

The legislation requires anyone over 18 convicted of animal abuse to register with the Nassau County Animal Abuse Registry at the Nassau County Police Department. The contact information and a photograph of the individual will be maintained on the registry.

Any person in Nassau County who wishes to adopt or purchase a pet from an animal shelter or pet dealer will have to provide photo identification, which will then be checked with the registry. Persons appearing on the registry will not be allowed to purchase animals.