Saratoga County DA Proposes Animal Abuser Registry

Aug 15, 2018

Saratoga County legislators are considering the creation of a registry to prevent animal abusers from obtaining pets.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee, District Attorney Karen Heggen presented plans for an animal abuse registry.

Heggen said in a statement that animal crimes “are unfortunately too frequent in our society today” and that the registry would serve as an “additional tool” for law enforcement to “reduce the potential that convicted animal abusers can obtain animals in the future.”

Public Safety Committee Chair and Northumberland Supervisor Bill Peck said he is “eager” to review the plan.

An animal abuser registry has been proposed statewide. Such a registry was established in New York City in 2014.