For far too long, animal abusers have been convicted of horrendous crimes but walked away with only a slap on the wrist. I’m grateful that Oneida County leaders, like County Executive Anthony Picente, have now implemented a tool to keep these criminals from committing those acts again — an animal abuser registry.
Anyone who is convicted of a crime against an animal will be added to this registry. It restricts them from being able to own an animal for at least 15 years and anyone who sells animals can check the registry to make sure they’re not putting an innocent animal in the hands of an abuser! What an incredible asset this registry will be to keep these innocent creatures safe.
I hope tools like this, make people think twice before beating, starving or mistreating their pets. Thank you Mr. Picente for not only caring about the people of this county, but all living, breathing creatures.
— Erin Weldon, Lee Center