Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, has introduced legislation that would create an animal abuse registry and prevent those convicted of animal abuses from possessing, adopting, owning, purchasing or exercising control over any animal.

DiPietro introduced Assembly Bill 7363 to correspond with annual Animal Advocacy Day, which was observed Tuesday.

 “On Animal Advocacy Day, we must ask ourselves; is there anything we can do for animals better than preventing further abuse?” DiPietro said. “If you are convicted of doing harm to an animal, you should be stripped of the opportunity to own animals. The abuse of animals is something we should strive to eliminate from our society, and I believe the best way to limit the cases is to prevent repeat offenders. I hope my colleagues in the Assembly will join me in protecting innocent animals.”

Aside from the creation of a registry, the bill would require animal shelters and pet dealers consult the registry before surrendering an animal to anyone. In order for a convicted animal abuser to regain the ability to own an animal, a court must decide on whether or not it is safe for the animal to be in the person’s possession.

New York State Animal Advocacy Day is a bipartisan event sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and state Sen. Greg Ball in which members of the Assembly and Senate are brought together to protect animals from abuse.

Assembly Bill 7363 has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

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