DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Thursday afternoon the Broome County Sheriff's Office announced the creation of an online registry for those who are convicted of abusing animals.
The database aims to prevent such individuals from adopting, purchasing or obtaining animals from shelters, pet sellers or others involved in the sale and or adoption of pets.
Animal abuse crimes include abandonment, failure to provide proper food and drink, animal fighting, aggravated cruelty and others.
Under the Broome County Animal Abuser Registry law, animal shelters and pet sellers are prohibited from transferring animal ownership to animal abuse offenders.
The sheriff's office is currently working with Broome County Information Technology to build the registry on its website.
They expect the registry to go online sometime next month.
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