Suffolk County OKs Animal Abuse Registry

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 7:52 AM EDT
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Suffolk County OKs Animal Abuse Registry

Brian Hopkins

Sam, a 6-year-old golden retriever.

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Suffolk County has voted unanimously to create the nation's first animal abuse registry.

The new measure would require county residents older than 18 to register on an online registry for five years after their convictions on animal abuse charges. It was approved Tuesday.

County Executive Steve Levy says he will sign the new law.

In an accompanying resolution to be voted on next month, animal shelters and those who sell animals will be prohibited from selling to any individual on the registry.

The registry will be administered by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It will be available to the public.

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