Justice for JustinPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on December 8, 2010
Frail and abused, the hungry, 19-pound Doberman mix was locked inside a bedroom in a foreclosed home in New York State when a Suffolk County SPCA officer discovered him. Now named Justin (he was rescued "just in time"), the dog who was found covered in feces, dangerously underweight, and not expected to survive is a healthy 55 pounds, resides with the officer who saved him, and is the namesake of a brand new law that promises to keep track of animal abusers in Suffolk County.
Justin’s Law creates the Animal Abuser Registry, the world’s first publicly accessible and searchable database of those convicted of the most serious animal abuse crimes. The law requires that anyone convicted of a felony or class A misdemeanor animal cruelty crime in the county of one and a half million residents will appear on the registry for five years. ALDF is especially proud of this first-of-its-kind legislation, as we have been leading the campaign to enact such laws nationwide — a concept that has attracted a groundswell of public support.
Wouldn’t you want to know if a violent or repeat animal abuser were living next door to you and your family? Justin’s Law will make a dramatic difference in keeping offenders away from potential new victims by allowing animal shelters and humane societies to more thoroughly screen potential adopters — and by alerting the public to their whereabouts.
ALDF worked closely with Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper, who authored the landmark bill, and it is our goal to create public registries of anyone convicted of felony animal abuse in each state in the nation.
But we cannot continue this important work without your generous support. Please consider making a special donation to expose animal abusers in your community and in communities nationwide.
Thanks to supporters like you, ALDF is ensuring justice for animals like Justin.