Rockland County, NY
 
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rockland County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-4-1974 by L.L. No. 14-1974]

§ 230-1 Legislative intent.

A. 
The County volunteer fire fighters have been concerned about the increased use of attack and guard dogs and the dangers thereof. This has increased the possibility of a fire fighter's encountering these animals during the course of his duties.
B. 
It is the intent of this article to curtail the exposure of our County volunteer fire fighters to this needless danger, since they give enough of themselves without being asked to take on this additional risk.

§ 230-2 Notification; signs.

All premises within the County of Rockland using attack and guard dogs shall notify their local fire district and Police Department and shall have signs posted on all doors which can be used as entrances from the outside stating the following:
A. 
That guard dogs are on the premises.
B. 
A phone number of a guard service.

§ 230-3 Availability of guard service.

The phone number mentioned in § 230-2B of this article shall be that of a guard service which shall be available on a twenty-four-hour basis and shall be able to respond within 1/2 hour of the fire fighter's call to secure the animals.
[Adopted 5-17-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011]

§ 230-4 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Animal Abuser Registry Law."

§ 230-5 Legislative intent.

A. 
Animal cruelty is a serious problem, resulting in the abuse of thousands of animals each year in the United States. While New York State has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse continues to occur in Rockland County and throughout the state. Statistically, individuals who abuse animals are more likely to commit violent acts against humans. Furthermore, a strong correlation has been established linking individuals who abuse animals with incidents of domestic violence.
B. 
While a number of states in recent years have considered legislation to establish statewide registries of individuals convicted of animal abuse offenses, Suffolk County in New York is the nation's first municipality to adopt a local law creating such a registry. This Legislature finds that it is in the best interests of Rockland County residents to establish a similar system. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to establish an online registry for individuals residing in Rockland County who are convicted of animal abuse crimes.

§ 230-6 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANIMAL ABUSE CRIME
The commission of the following enumerated crimes against an animal: animal fighting, as defined in the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law (hereinafter "A.M.L.") § 351; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, as defined in A.M.L. § 353; aggravated cruelty to animals, as defined in A.M.L. § 353-a; abandonment of animals, as defined in A.M.L. § 355; failure to provide proper food and drink to an impounded animal, as defined in A.M.L. § 356; interference with or injury to certain domestic animals, as defined in A.M.L. § 361; harming a service animal in the first degree, as defined in New York State Penal Code § 242.15.
CONSUMER
Any individual purchasing an animal from a pet dealer. A pet dealer shall not be considered a consumer.
CONVICTED OF
An adjudication of guilt by any court of competent jurisdiction, whether upon a verdict or plea of guilty or nolo contendre.
PET DEALER
Any person who engages in the sale or offering for sale of more than nine animals per year for profit to the public. Such definition shall include breeders who sell or offer to sell animals; provided that a breeder who sells or offers to sell directly to the consumer fewer than 25 animals per year that are born and raised on the breeder's residential premises shall not be considered a pet dealer as a result of selling or offering to sell such animals.

§ 230-7 Creation and maintenance of registry.

The Rockland County Sheriff, or his/her designee, is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to establish an Animal Abuser Registry that shall contain the names and residence information of individuals living in Rockland County who are convicted of an animal abuse crime. The Registry will be maintained by the Rockland County Sheriff's Department.

§ 230-8 Requirements.

A. 
All persons 18 years of age or older who reside in Rockland County and who are convicted of an animal abuse crime on or after the effective date of this article must register with the Rockland County Animal Abuser Registry within five days following the effective date of this article or their release from incarceration or, if not incarcerated, from the date of the rendering of judgment.
B. 
The prosecuting agency shall notify all persons upon conviction of an animal abuse crime that they must register with the Rockland County Animal Abuser Registry within five days following their release from incarceration or, if not incarcerated, from the date of the rendering of judgment.
C. 
When a person is convicted of an animal abuse crime, the prosecuting agency shall forward to the Sheriff's Department the name and address of the convicted person along with the name of the animal abuse crime the person was convicted of, thereby notifying the Sheriff's Department that the person is required to register with the Animal Abuser Registry.
D. 
Each person required to register with the Animal Abuser Registry shall submit:
(1) 
His/Her name;
(2) 
Any aliases he/she is known under;
(3) 
His/Her residential address; and
(4) 
A photograph of his/her head and shoulders taken from the front.
E. 
Each person registered with the Animal Abuser Registry shall update his/her registration information each time he/she moves from one residential address to another or, if his/her residential address does not change, annually from the date of his/her first registration.
F. 
Each person required to register with the Animal Abuser Registry shall remain on the Registry for four years following his/her release from incarceration or the date judgment was rendered, whichever is later. Registered persons who are convicted of subsequent animal abuse crimes shall remain on the registry for four years following their most recent conviction.
G. 
Before selling or offering to sell an animal to a consumer, every pet dealer, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal shelter, or any authorized agents thereof must check the Animal Abuser Registry to see if the prospective consumer is a registered animal abuser.
H. 
No pet dealer, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal shelter, or any authorized agents thereof shall knowingly sell or offer to sell an animal to a consumer who is a registered animal abuser.

§ 230-9 Fees.

Every person required to register with the Animal Abuser Registry must pay an annual fee of $50 to the Rockland County Sheriff's Department. These funds will be used to pay the administrative costs of maintaining the Registry.

§ 230-10 Rules and regulations.

The Rockland County Sheriff, or his/her designee, is hereby authorized and empowered to promulgate such rules and regulations necessary to implement this article.

§ 230-11 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any person required to register, or update his/her registration, with the Animal Abuser Registry who fails to do so shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
B. 
Any pet dealer, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal shelter, or any authorized agents thereof who knowingly sells or offers to sell an animal to a consumer who is a registered animal abuser shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
C. 
Any pet dealer, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal shelter, or any authorized agents thereof who fails to check the Animal Abuser Registry to see if the prospective consumer is a registered animal abuser and thereafter sells or offers to sell an animal to a consumer who is a registered animal abuser shall be guilty of a violation.
D. 
Any pet dealer, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal shelter, or any authorized agents thereof who, a second time within two years, fails to check the Animal Abuser Registry to see if the prospective consumer is a registered animal abuser and thereafter sells or offers to sell an animal to a consumer who is a registered animal abuser shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

§ 230-12 Applicability.

This article shall apply to all persons convicted of animal abuse crimes on or after the effective date of this article.