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Westchester mulls animal abuse registry
The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a new law that establishes a county-wide, public registry for animal abuse offenders.The legislation’s fate now rests on County Executive Rob Astorino’s signature.
The law will prohibit registered offenders from possessing, owning, adopting, purchasing, or exercising control over any animal. Lawbreakers will face fines.
“This new law will help safeguard pets and other domestic animals,” said Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains) in a news release.
A growing number of states have created animal abuse registries: California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maine, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.