An Abandoned Dog and A Historic New LawPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on December 15, 2011
The two-year-old Doberman weighed only 19 pounds when he was rescued from the locked bedroom of a foreclosed New York home. Abandoned and alone, Justin, named for being rescued "just in time," is the namesake of America’s first ever animal abuser registry — a law drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and designed to keep convicted abusers away from animals.
Since "Justin’s Law" was passed in Suffolk County, New York in 2010, two additional counties in New York have established animal abuser registries, both based on legislation drafted by ALDF. With the passage of Rockland and Albany Counties’ laws, more than 2.1 million people — and millions of animals — now live in jurisdictions protected by animal abuser registries!
Imagine if these registries were established in every community — in your community.
In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals and often go on to victimize people as well. Abuser registries will make a dramatic difference in keeping offenders away from potential new victims by allowing animal shelters and humane societies to screen potential adopters more thoroughly — and by alerting the public to their whereabouts. Fewer victims will, in turn, also help reduce the huge financial toll communities bear in providing care and rehabilitation to those who are abused.
Together, we can make it happen.