New York Bill Would Require Animal Adopter ID Checks

Animal adopter ID checks are now required by breeders and rescue operators in Suffolk County, N.Y.

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Under a bill passed by the Suffolk County, N.Y., Legislature on May 10 breeders and rescue operators in the county will be required to consult the Suffolk County Animal Abuser Registry before releasing an animal to a prospective new owner. 

Last year, Suffolk County lawmakers passed a law establishing the Animal Abuse Registry, an online database of convicted animal abusers in that county. That law requires convicted animal cruelty offenders age 18 years or older to provide their names–including aliases–addresses, and a photograph to the registry within five days of release from jail, or five days after their conviction; offender information will remain in the database for five years.

A companion bill passed this week requires animal shelter operators, breeders, and pet store operators to screen the identification information provided by all prospective animal adopters or buyers against information contained in the animal abuser database.

Those who knowingly sell, offer, deliver, or provide an animal to anyone registered on the animal abuser registry could face penalties of $500 in fines for the first offense, $1,000 in fines for a second offense, and $1,500 in fines for a third or any other subsequent offense

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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