Lawmakers in New York's Suffolk County are considering new initiatives that would help animals
while imposing stricter laws on individuals who abuse them, The Long Island Press
One of the main initiatives proposed would be an animal abuser registry, requiring those who have been convicted of harmful treatment or torture of animals to register and pay an annual fee of $50 to maintain the database. If they do not register after being convicted they can be fined up to $1,000 and be sentenced up to a year in jail.
"All animal offenders will be on the database," Majority Leader Jon Cooper told the news source. "I think this is information the public should be aware of."
The proposed law would also restrict individuals convicted of animal abuse from adopting animals. Pet stores and animal rescue
shelters would be required by law to perform an identity check on those trying to take a pet home.
According to MSNBC
, Idaho, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota have the weakest animal protections laws.