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New York councilman wants to create animal abuser registry

NEW YORK (KFVS/CBSNewYork) -

A New York councilman wants to create a registry for animal abusers.

An East Harlem man arrested for savagely beating his dog in an elevator and last year a Queens man was locked up for throwing his dog out a window.

CBS New York reports New York City Councilman Peter Vallone says reports of animal abuse in the city prompted him to take action.

"They can go and get a new dog from a shelter and there's nothing preventing that. We need to prevent that," Vallone said.

Vallone proposed a bill before the city council that would place anyone convicted of animal abuse on a registry, a public list similar to the sex offender registry.

"This list would be provided to animal shelters and pet stores and you would be banned from owning an animal," Vallone said. "If you did it would be a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in jail."

Suffolk County, Rockland County, and Albany in New York are the only areas in the country that have an animal abuse registry.

Councilman Vallone is hoping to have a hearing before the city's health department and have the legislation passed sometime this winter.

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