Troy, NY –Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced today the Rensselaer County
Legislature adopted the Rensselaer County Animal Abuse Registration Act proposed by her in April.
The registry, which will be located on the District Attorneys website, will allow for sharing of information for
anyone over 16 years of age who has been convicted of an Animal Abuse and Neglect crime. The registry will
include their name and address.
Additionally, no animal shelter, or professional, licensed and/or accredited pet dealer located in Rensselaer
County shall sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer the ownership of any animal to any person listed as an Animal
Abuse Offender on the Animal Abuse Registry. Prior to the sale, exchange, or other transfer of ownership of
any animal, the animal shelter, or professional, licensed and/or accredited Pet Dealer located in Rensselaer
County is required to examine the Animal Abuse Registry to confirm that the name of the potential owner of the
animal is not listed.
Any animal abuse offender required to register with the Animal Abuse Registry yet fails to register shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by incarceration for a period of not more than one year and/or a fine not to
exceed $1,000.00 for each day that the Animal Abuse Offender fails to register. Any Animal Shelter, or
professional, licensed and/or accredited Pet Dealer, located in Rensselaer County, that violates Section 7 of this
Local Law shall be guilty of a violation and subject to a fine.
“Animal abuse is a serious problem and Rensselaer County legislators Carole Weaver and Tom Grant partnered
with me on this initiative to take action by establishing this registry. The registry will not eliminate the cruelty,
but it may keep animals out of the hands of those convicted of previous animal cruelty crimes,” said District
Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. “This legislation may prevent animal abusers from owning animals in the future.
Unfortunately people who have abused animals in the past are likely to do so in the future, and studies show
that there is a near-100% recidivism rate for certain types of animal abuse.”