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A swan found with an arrow through its

A swan found with an arrow through its body near a park in Riverhead on July 22, 2011, is recovering at a local rescue center, and the Suffolk County SPCA is trying to find out who did it. The handout photo was taken by Ryan Ortiz and is courtesy of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

Suffolk County's Animal Abuse Offender's Registry, the first in the nation when enacted last year, doesn't have any names of convicted animal abusers on it. Yet.

But Suffolk SPCA chief Roy Gross, whose agency maintains the list, said Wednesday he hopes to find those responsible for three recent cases of animal abuse. If convicted, they'd be required to register as animal abusers for five years, which means they would have to pay annual fees and could not purchase or adopt an animal during that time.

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