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Long Island County Passes Animal Abuse Registry Bill

In what's being reported as a nationwide first, the Suffolk County, N.Y., legislature has approved a bill requiring those convicted of animal abuse to register, much the same way sex offenders do, making that registry available to the public.

The Sentecing Law & Policy blog excerpted the article from the North Shore Sun, which contains the money quote from the local SPCA Chief:

“Most serial killers began as animal abusers,” [Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross (pictured, far left)] said. “It's a known fact: people who hurt animals hurt people too.”

A similar bill for a statewide registry has been proposed in California.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, and presumably, all the papillons in Patchogue, are elated.

Posted by Eric Lipman on October 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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