Broome County is creating an online Animal Abuser Registry to keep people who are convicted of mistreating animals from obtaining other animals.

Crimes against animals include failure to provide food or shelter, abandonment, cruelty and animal fighting.

Officials say the registry will include information about the convicted abuser for 15 years following their release from their first conviction and will be on the registry for life for more than one conviction.

People convicted of crimes against animals have to register within five days of their release from incarceration and will be required to provide their name and any aliases, their address, date of birth and a photograph.  Offenders also have to pay a $125 fee.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says the website should be operational by January.

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