Animal Abusers Exposed

March 29, 2012 Updated Mar 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 29, 2012 Updated Mar 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Registered sex offenders can be found on websites, with a detailed criminal history. Now, there’s a plan to do the same for those who abuse animals.

The law will force people convicted of animal cruelty to register their name and pictures on the website. This would prohibit any abuser from buying an animal for five years from the offense.

The law would also fine the seller of the animal up to $1,000 if they sold to an abuser. This would mean that it would be the responsibility of the seller or adoption agency to check the registry every time they sell or adopt an animal out.

This website is similar to the sex offender website. Their name, picture and criminal history are laid out for the public to be aware of the person. County officials also hope that this would encourage the public to report if and when they see one of these abusers with an animal.

Those who must register on the site would also pay a yearly fee of $50 for administration and maintenance of the site. Erie County would put the SPCA or a similar organization in charge of that maintenance.

The proposal will be laid out for county officials, Thursday afternoon.