The State of New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals. However, animal abuse and cruelty continue to occur in Oneida County and throughout New York State.

Requiring animal abusers to register with their law enforcement agency will provide members of the community, particularly animal shelters and pet sellers, with the identities of convicted animal abusers. The registry will also warn potential employers that may be looking to hire an individual to work closely with animals in pet shops, shelters, or veterinary offices.

The Oneida County Legislature hereby finds that it is in the best interest of the residents of Oneida County and their animals that an online registry be established identifying individuals residing in Oneida County who have been convicted of animal abuse crimes in order to prevent these individuals from adopting, purchasing, or otherwise obtaining animals from any animal shelter or pet seller.