Under the guidelines of the registry, anyone charged and convicted with abusing an animal will have their name will appear on a registry, which would be published publicly on the webpage of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, the name, address and photo of an animal abuse offender will appear on the registry. The offender’s information will stay on the registry for a period of 15 years.
Once the law is in effect, animal abuse offenders residing in Chautauqua County who are convicted of an animal abuse crime must register with the registry within five days of release from incarceration, or if not jailed, from the date of the rendering of judgment. Those who are required to register will have to pay a $125 fee to the Sheriff’s Office.
The registry law was introduced by county executive George Borrello, with county Sheriff Joe Gerace also giving his support.