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Onondaga Co. officials aiming to implement animal abuser registry by this summer

Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway has unveiled plans to establish an animal abuser registry in the county.

Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway has unveiled plans to establish an animal abuser registry in the county.

Sheriff Conway said the registry is being created to help officials who work to keep animals out of the hands of those who abuse them. "Animal cruelty is a serious problem and, while New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse and cruelty continues to occur here in Onondaga County and elsewhere."

Before a registry can be established, Sheriff Conway says the county legislature would have pass a law that establishes the registry and defines which crimes would subject an individual to being placed on the registry.

The sheriff has presented Niagara County's animal abuser registry law as a starting point for the Onondaga County Legislature. You can read that law below:

If you are viewing this article on the mobile app, click here to read the Niagara County animal abuser registry law.

County Legislator Dan Liedka called the Niagara County law "comprehensive" and said it will be vetted and introduced to the Public Safety committee in April. If approved there, it would make its way to the full legislature in June.

"We're hoping to fast-track this and have this in place by summer," said Liedka.

If the law is implemented it would be a rarity in New York State. Currently, there are fewer than a dozen animal abuser registries in New York.

Sheriff Conway made the announcement Monday alongside County Legislators Liedka and Brian May from the Public Safety committee as well as Executive Director of the CNYSPCA Kerrin Conklin, Kim Smith-Ford from the Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter and Stefanie Heath representing Cuse Pit Crew.

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