Sullivan to consider animal abuse law


Chiger: “… legislate with
a heart”

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County could join neighboring Orange and Ulster counties by creating a registry for animal abusers. 
Two residents, speaking during public comment at last Thursday’s Sullivan County Legislature committee meetings, called for the measure. 
Richard Chiger, a retired 34-year teacher with the Fallsburg School District, asked lawmakers to “legislate with a heart.”
County Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez said it will get consideration this year.
“That particular law, yes, I agree with it and we should look into it.”  The chairman said as soon as he can get it on the agenda, it will be there.
“We have a lot of people that support it,” Alvarez said. 
Orange County adopted its Rocky’s Law provision almost a year ago. 
Anyone convicted of animal cruelty, who resides in Orange County, is not
permitted to own a pet thereafter for a period of time.
Rockland, Albany and Nassau have similar laws.   

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