First Animal Abuser Registry activates in New York

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Pet stores, breeders and animals shelters in Suffolk County, New York now have a way, and a legal obligation, to screen potential pet guardians for animal abuse convictions.  A first of its kind procedure in the U.S., the rule requires businesses, rescues and shelters to check the animal abuser registry before selling or adopting animals and prohibits selling or adopting animals to anyone on the list.  Crimes that land people on the abuser registry include animal fighting, failing to provide proper sustenance, aggravated cruelty or abandonment.  Convicted abusers stay active on the registry for five years and face additional criminal charges in the event they fail to renew their registrations throughout the term.