Members of the state legislature of New York have been working toward approval of a statewide animal abuse registry for some time now. The bill passed in the senate in June. However, it failed to garner the necessary support to pass the state assembly.
The high profile case of the "Railroad puppies" highlighted the need for such a measure. The Albany man responsible for the abuse of those puppies and others, dubbed the "U-Haul dogs" plead guilty to felony animal cruelty. Anthony Walker, 31, received a six month jail sentence but was released the same day for having already served eight months. His name and information was also placed in the Albany County animal abuse registry and he will not be allowed to own a pet in that county. He also has the dubious honor of being the first person placed in that registry. Additionally, registry has the limitation of only extending to animal ownership in that county.
After Walker's sentencing, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) initiated a petition for support of his bill (S2305A) urging concerned citizens to renew the call for a statewide registry.
“While I am happy that Walker has served jail time and is now the Albany county abuse registry, this isn’t enough. This statewide registry will prevent repeat animal abuse offenders throughout New York State. I urge New Yorkers to sign this petition and to contact their legislators to let them know the importance of protecting our furry little friends,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Those who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals cannot and should not be tolerated.”
Please support the NYS Animal Abuse Registry and add your voice to the call by signing Senator Ball's petition here. Be sure to also visit the NYS Animal Advocacy Day Facebook page for continuing updates.
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