By Eden Laikin
Nassau County residents wishing to adopt or purchase a pet from an animal shelter or pet dealer will now have to be cleared through an animal abuse registry, maintained by the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), County Executive Mangano has announced.
Nassau Legislators this week unanimously approved legislation to create the County’s Animal Abuse Registry. Anyone over 18, convicted of animal abuse, must register and their contact information and photograph will be maintained.
Persons appearing on the registry will not be allowed to purchase animals. Concerned members of the public will also be allowed to sign up for email notifications for updates and additions to the registry. Statistically, there is a high rate of recidivism among people who are convicted of an animal abuse crime.
County Executive Mangano was joined at the announcement by Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, members of the Legislature, and Gary Rogers from the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
“My wife Linda and I are both animal lovers,” Mangano told those gathered. “Our two dachshunds, Max and Rocky, are treasured members of the Mangano family.”
That love of pets prompted Mangano in 2013 to make history by appointing a County’s Coordinator – Gary Rogers – for prevention of cruelty to animals.
“Today we make history again in announcing the creation of an online registry,” he said. “We do this in an effort to protect pets from abusive homes. Together, we are helping to make this world more humane for all animals.”