Putnam lawmakers consider stricter pet laws

Putnam lawmakers are considering a bill that would create an animal cruelty registry in the county, requiring shelters and pet stores to check prospective owners'

Putnam lawmakers are considering a bill Thursday that will help fight against animal abuse.

Putnam lawmakers are considering a bill Thursday that will help fight against animal abuse. (6/30/16)

BREWSTER - Putnam lawmakers are considering a bill that would create an animal cruelty registry in the county, requiring shelters and pet stores to check prospective owners' criminal histories before selling an animal.

The bill comes on the heels of an incident involving an abused dog named Douglas who was rescued on the side of a busy road in Carmel last week. 

"Their vote has a lot of weight as to how we can stop this happening again down the road," says Officer Ken Ross. "If this law is not in place, they can go back out and get another dog and do the same thing to the next dog." 

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to Douglas' former owner. Authorities are urging the public to call the Putnam SPCA at 845-520-6915.

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