Senator Joe Robach announced that the New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require those who violate Buster’s Law by abusing animals be added to a registry of animal abusers. The bill (S2305A) would also require those convicted under Buster’s Law undergo a psychiatric evaluation and would ban them from ever owning a pet again.
Senator Joe Robach supported Buster’s Law, enacted in 1999, which made animal cruelty in New York State a felony. The law was named after a cat that was doused in kerosene and lit on fire in 1997. This legislation expands on that law to include the animal abuse registry.
The animal abusers registry would contain the names and addresses of persons convicted of violating Buster’s Law in New York State and will be compiled by the division of criminal justice services. By maintaining the registry with current information and providing easy accessibility to the public, those involved in the sale or adoption of animals can refer to the registry before allowing an individual to take ownership of an animal.
The bill has been sent to the Assembly. For more information on any Senate bill, contact the office of Joe Robach.