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Niagara County votes to close animal abuse registry loophole

Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 22, 2017

A loophole in Niagara County allowing animal abusers to avoid the abuse registry has been closed.

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve an amendment to the registry, allowing the courts and D.A. to add individuals to the registry even if a plea deal is taken.

Previously, the registry required a conviction of misdemeanor animal cruelty under NYS Agriculture and Markets law.

The SPCA serving Niagara County posted to Facebook Tuesday night, calling this a "victory for animals."