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Nation’s First Animal Abuser Registry

Written by PETA | October 15, 2010
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Animal abusers, watch out: Suffolk County, New York, has voted to create the country’s first animal abuser registry! This online “hall of shame” will be similar to registries that already exist for sex offenders and will allow people to find out if there is an animal abuser in their neighborhood or to make sure that their dog-walker or veterinarian hasn’t been convicted of cruelty to animals. And animal shelters will be able to use the registry to do quick background checks on potential adopters in order to ensure that cruel people aren’t seeking out their next victim.

California is also considering creating a similar registry statewide. Let’s hope that many communities follow Suffolk County’s lead, because, as study after study has shown, people who hurt animals often take out their issues on members of their own species too. That’s another great reason why you should never hesitate to report known or suspected cruelty to animals.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • says:

    Nation s first animal abuser registry.. Tiptop 🙂

  • jadell says:

    This is a ray of hope in the dark tunnel of animals suffering. It must exist all over the World for the benefit and protection of animals and the identification of those murderer to avoid any contact with animals

  • Roxanne says:

    Please make sure Mitchell Marsicano is added to the list: He was caught sneaking into his neighbor’s apartment and sexually abusing his pet puppy dog, Snowball. Mitchell Marsicano, 55, pleaded not guilty in court yesterday to charges of misdemeanor sexual abuse of an animal and felony burglary. According to Nassau County prosecutors, Marsicano illegally entered the apartment of one of his tenants and was caught by the owner sexually abusing the dog (who is either a 2- or 4-year-old 23-pound male Shiba Inu). Marsicano denied the allegations and countered that the tenant, Daniel Miller, hadn’t paid his rent (…and therefore was accusing him of molesting a dog?). According to CBS, “the dog was examined at a nearby animal hospital and showed signs of trauma.”

  • bobby charlie says:

    this is awesome and i hope gets started all around the world we as humans speak for animals they have no voice its nice to know that we can seperate the good seeds from the bad ones end animal cruelty

  • Tim Layman says:

    FINALLY!!! IT’S ABOUT DAMNED TIME!!! Congratulations New York! BRAVO!

  • Amary-Event says:

    Yay for New York and California!

  • John Levitt says:

    ALDF launched a campaign on this registry subject earlier this year — check it out:

  • Sherry says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank G-d something is going in the right direction and should have been done long ago! Hope this happens globally!!!!!!!!

  • Magz says:

    Really a great idea ! I will have to inform about this thing to our officers and dog shelters in Finland. Thank you for this.

  • Vivian says:

    That’s reallllly great!!!

  • PETA says:

    Beverley, please continue to call the police and animal control each and every time you hear the neighbors’ big dog fighting with the smaller one. Videotape it or take photos – whatever you can do to have evidence to help these dogs is important.

  • sharon says:

    PetSmart Grooming should be investigated. Because my dog had existing breathing conditions PetSmart, Hickory, NC denied that he had been burned by either a dryer box or bathing. It took him from March 2010 to June 2010 for his hair to halfway come back. I don’t think that a breathing issue could cause his skin to loose all his hair and to have yellow blisters just days after grooming it has to be connected to something they did I would think. My vet. won’t support me but said “that it was consistant with a burn”. Did Petsmart persaude him in some way to step back from the suit that I brough against them. Petsmart agreed to pay me $260 for damages. Money isn’t the issue here. I have pictures to prove what he looked like and his hair still hasn’t returned beautiful like it was in Febuary 2010 and it is now Oct. 2010. It should be mandantory that bathing is done and all grooming procedures in public and not in a closed room, who knows what they do back there? We have not settled yet. All I know is that I support my dog and not Petsmart .

  • friendbear says:

    there is something similar here,a site called red and green i think, plus people convicted of acts of violence towards animals (rather than neglect) ARE put on a register and can even have their kids put on an at risk register. whether or not a request for information form would disclose the names and addresses is unknown- do peta uk know?

  • Kit Barth says:

    Lets hope the rest of the country(world) follows Suffolk Counties lead. Sooner than later. That,or,cut the abusers hands off.

  • RvH says:

    Eine wundervolle Nachricht!

  • Sherry Graeb says:

    It is about time we made these horrid people accountable for their crimes. I hope all the states follow suit.

  • Chris says:

    This is a great idea. We must campaign to get it adopted on a wider basis, and I shall be campaigning in the UK too to get animal abusers registered.

  • RoseAnn says:

    That is a really good idea, hopfully the hole world will do the same

  • JO says:

    It should be rule, immediately that ALL STATES HAVE THIS RULE. And is the rule is abused, like the animals, prison is a excellent place for the offenders. JO

  • Rusty says:

    Thank God there are people who care about animals who are doing something for them. Bravo. Keep up the good work.

  • Katie says:

    Andreia I looked at that blog and the blog of that lunatic and now I am going to have nightmares… ugh… there are some people in this world that need to be sterilized.

  • Valerie says:

    Compliments to Suffolk County New York!!!!!!!! It’s about time the animals have someone looking out for them!These scumbags get off way to easy for the crimes that they commit!If it were up to me,they would have the same punishment done to them that they inflict on the animals. Hopefully it will go WORLD wide.I will soon be moving to California and pray that they will also join in the same just cause! And to all those who fight for animals everywhere, ROCK ON!

  • carol watson says:

    Every country should have an Animal Abuser Registry. These low life animal abusers need to be named and shamed.

  • Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    HOORAY!!!!!!! This is wonderful!!!!!! I pray all 50 states follow suit very quickly!!!!!!


    What a great idea! I hope it catches on!!!

  • Amanda says:

    LOVE THIS!! i hope this does happen!

  • elizabeth says:

    dog’s should not be chained or left outside all day long barking because the owner is too busy or just does not care.

  • vivian thompson says:

    This is wonderful and a long time coming. I’d love to see this become a national registry. Animal abusers need to be marked.