UITCA–Oneida County legislators approved a local law to create an animal abuser registry.
Once effective, those convicted of a crime relating to animal abuse must register themselves on the Sheriff’s Office registry or face potential jail time or a fine.
Once on the registry, it would be illegal for offenders to possess an animal.
The registry will be online, and available to be seen by the public.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said if someone knowingly or unknowingly sells an animal to someone on the registry, they will not face penalties.
County Executive Anthony Picente says he plans to sign the bill into law in within the coming weeks.