ALDF Applauds Initiative To Create Registry For Convicted Animal Abusers In New York

Posted on September 12, 2012

Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr.’s Bill Would Protect City Pets, Residents from Repeat Crimes

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Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

NEW YORK – The national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is applauding City Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr.’s introduction today of a bill that will create a mandatory registry for convicted animal abusers. If passed, New York will become the largest jurisdiction in the country to protect its animals and citizens by creating a database of convicted abusers, who often go on to repeat their crimes. New York State already leads the way in abuser registry legislation–since 2010, Suffolk, Albany, and Rockland Counties have passed the nation’s first abuser registry laws.

ALDF has campaigned across the country to promote registry legislation, including working closely with Legislator Jon Cooper’s office in support of the Suffolk County bill, which when passed became the nation’s first abuser registry law. The ALDF website provides extensive information about registry bills and allows concerned citizens to contact their own legislators in support of abuser registries. Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians, and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals. Registry bills have been introduced in nine states in 2012.

“New York City residents have good reason to be concerned about the activities of animal abusers, who often go on to repeat their crimes” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Council Member Vallone’s proposed do-not-adopt database will provide animal shelters and law enforcement with a critical tool to protect the city’s animals from becoming the next victims of a convicted abuser.”

“I want to thank the Animal Legal Defense Fund for supporting my bill and for leading the charge for an animal abuse registry in Suffolk County and promoting registry bills across the country,” said Council Member Vallone. “The ALDF has set an example for New York City on this issue, and I look forward to working with them to improve animal rights in the future.”

15 thoughts on “ALDF Applauds Initiative To Create Registry For Convicted Animal Abusers In New York

  1. I really think there should be a animal cruelty registry across the whole sate of New York in light of what happened to the puppies in Albany and the abandoned kittens in Troy. The jail time for these people should be increased to 5 to 10 years instead of 2 years in jail and a hefty fine. I am a animal activist. Thank you for listening.

  2. w h brown says:

    all animal abusers should be punished to the full extent no matter what, only we can act on their behalf to protect them

  3. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  4. ayn silverman says:


  5. Rebecca S. Stilwell says:

    I am very happy to know this is being done! It should have been done years ago. I hope it will be done World Wide in the near future.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. Debi says:

    This bill is a no brainer. Anyone who can abuse a helpless animal will also abuse, children, women and the weak. This kind of abuse needs stronger jail time, these are lives we are talking about, they are no less important than ours, simply because they do not speak our language, doesn’t give us the right to think they mean nothing. I have an animal rescue and take in what others abuse and neglect to rehabilitate and place in loving homes. It is a never-ending struggle.

  7. pat long says:

    but we need to close all puppy mills. We also need the registry in all states. I am encouraged that NYS can lead the effort. Good work and thank you.
    Pat Long

  8. Dee Ahlquist says:

    Close all puppy mills in the US!

  9. Christine R. says:

    @Linda Kreuzburg, we can change that! If New York state (your State leaders in Albany) introduce a bill that elevates the level of punishment from misdemeanor to felony, the punishment would be more severe. A felony in New York is an offense that carries a prison sentence in excess of one year. A misdemeanor is an offense that carries a prison sentence of more than 15 days but no more than one year. Every state has its own set of rules. Right now, animal cruelty in NY (torture, killing, etc) is a misdemeanor, surprisingly punishable by “not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both”. This can be changed! But it will have to be introduced by one of our State Assembly or Senate members, then come to the floor for a vote, and pass in both houses. It’s a lot of work, but it CAN be done! Just write to your representatives, or better yet, hold a meeting with them, call them, or even meet with them with the Humane Society or another NPO. Go to this website to find out more about cruelty laws:
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  11. Mishach says:

    All animal abusers should be registered in all 50 States and the district of Columbia.
    Allpuppy mills should be closed.
    That said: ALDF is just great to enforce those new rules. Congratulations for your efforts and good luck and much success!

  12. Jausen says:

    This is amazing news! I think the whole nation should have this list. I wouldn’t want my kids near an animal abuser, torturer or killer. There is something seriously wrong with someone who enjoys abusing animals.

  13. peter collins says:

    The idea of an animal abusers register to protect animals and people alike is vitally important.I am in London and am trying to promote this for the UK. Absuers should face severe punishments, which should be publicised widely to act as deterrents, and put on registers.In holland there is a specific unit of their police force dealig with animal abuse because they understand its significance in protecting people,not just animals.Even people who watch animal abuse (eg spectators of animal fighting) can become a danger to other people which is why a TV station in Madrid banned bull fighting.

  14. Animal abuse registries must be in every county and in every state across the nation AND the information must be available to the general public for their own protection. Who wants to find out the hard way that you have an animal abuser living next door to you?

  15. Annette O. Bigler says:

    This wonderful news. Animal abusers should get 20 to life. If corporations can be people, why can’t helpless animals?

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