STATE OF NEW YORK
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
January 5, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. GLICK -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to estab-
lishing an animal abuser registry
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
2 section 353-e to read as follows:
3 § 353-e. Animal abuser registry. 1. For purposes of this section, the
4 term "animal abuser" means a person over eighteen years of age who has
5 been convicted of a felony violation of any provision of this article or
6 of the comparable statutes of another state.
7 2. Any animal abuser physically within the boundaries of this state
8 for more than ten consecutive days shall register with the county sher-
9 iff for the county in which the animal abuser is located before the end
10 of the eleventh day in the state.
11 3. Any previously registered animal abuser shall reregister with the
12 county sheriff for the county in which the animal abuser is located no
13 later than ten days after moving to a new location within the state.
14 4. When an animal abuser registers with the county sheriff, the animal
15 abuser shall provide the following registration information:
16 (a) the legal name and any other names or aliases that the animal
17 abuser is using or has used;
18 (b) the date of birth of the animal abuser;
19 (c) the social security number of the animal abuser;
20 (d) the current address or location of the animal abuser;
21 (e) the place of employment of the animal abuser;
22 (f) the animal protection offense for which the animal abuser was
23 convicted; and
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 (g) the date and place of the animal protection offense conviction of
2 the animal abuser.
3 5. When an animal abuser registers with a county sheriff, the sheriff
4 shall obtain:
5 (a) a photograph of the animal abuser and a complete set of the animal
6 abuser's fingerprints; and
7 (b) a description of any tattoos, scars or other distinguishing
8 features on the animal abuser's body that would assist in identifying
9 the animal abuser.
10 6. Following an animal abuser's initial registration pursuant to the
11 provisions of this section, an animal abuser shall annually renew the
12 animal abuser's registration with the county sheriff prior to December
13 thirty-first of each subsequent calendar year for a period of fifteen
15 7. An animal abuser who intentionally or knowingly fails to comply
16 with the registration requirements, or provides false information when
17 complying with the registration requirements set forth in this section,
18 is guilty of a class E felony.
19 8. Each county sheriff shall maintain a local registry of animal abus-
20 ers in the sheriff's jurisdiction required to register pursuant to this
22 9. The county sheriff shall forward all registration information
23 obtained from animal abusers to the New York state division of criminal
24 justice services.
25 10. Within ten days of receiving initial registration information from
26 an animal abuser, the county sheriff shall contact every residence,
27 school, humane society, animal shelter and any other business within a
28 half mile radius of the animal abuser's residence or location and
29 provide them with the animal abuser's registration information, with the
30 exception of the animal abuser's social security number.
31 11. The New York state division of criminal justice services shall
32 maintain a central registry of animal abusers required to register
33 pursuant to the provisions of this section. The central registry of
34 animal abusers shall be made available to the public through internet
35 access, telephone access, written access and in-person access. All of
36 the information contained in an animal abuser's registration, with the
37 exception of the animal abuser's social security number, shall be made
38 available. Records of each animal abuser's registration shall be main-
39 tained for the duration of the fifteen year period in which the animal
40 abuser is required to be registered.
41 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.