MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature has tabled a local law establishing a county-wide Animal Abuse Registry.
During its March voting session last week, legislator Terry Neibel (R-Sheridan) made a motion to table the proposed registry and send it back to committee for more work.
County Executive George Borrello proposed the measure due to animal abuse cases that crop up from time to time across the county. He said he’s fine with the law being tabled so lawmakers can take a deeper look at it.
Some of the questions that are being asked involve ensuring that we don’t have any unintended consequences to this law, so I can appreciate that the legislators wanted to take a moment and do a little bit of re-tooling,” Borrello said. “Ultimately, the changes that have been talked about I don’t think will have any fundamental impact. In fact, we may be closing a few loopholes that may be in that law, so I think taking an extra month to do some due diligence is a prudent move.”
Some legislators wanted to make sure there weren’t any unintended consequences from the animal abuse registry, especially as it pertains to local farmers. The matter will be further discussed this month in committee before being taken up again by the full legislature during its April voting session.