Animal Abuse Registry Appreciated

To The Reader’s Forum:

Thank you to Sheriff Joe Gerace, County Executive George Borello, Legislator and sponsor Terry Niebel, and all others who played a part in bringing the Animal Abuse Registry Law to Chautauqua County.

This law is a much-needed first step for the animals of our community and a strong sign that we are serious about combatting animal cruelty and neglect in our area.

This law will serve to help keep animals out of the hands of anyone who is convicted of an animal abuse crime by providing a screening tool for organizations such as ours, where a check of the registry will occur before an adoption is completed. Additionally, the registry will be a deterrent, helping to reduce the number of incidences of animal abuse and preventing known offenders from repeating.

For the animal abuse registry to be effective, offenders must be convicted of an animal abuse crime and we call upon law enforcement, judges and the district attorney’s office to do everything in their power to uphold the letter of the law on behalf of the animals who rely on us.

Kellie Roberts,

Executive Director, Chautauqua County Humane Society

Dr. Thomas L. Greer

Chautauqua County Humane Society Board President

Mary Schiller, Esq.

Chautauqua County Humane Society Legislative Committee Chair