Lawmakers: County's animal abuse registry not workingPosted: Updated:
Westchester lawmakers say they are taking a closer look at the effectiveness of the county's animal abuse registry.
Five years after it was established, only one person is on the list. County Legislator Margaret Cunzio says she wants to find out what the procedures are for getting on the list and how long a person stays on the list.
Under current New York state law, all animals are classified as property under agriculture and markets. Legislators want to move that classification over to the penal code so animal abusers will face harsher penalties.
The news comes after surveillance video captured last month in Yonkers showed a woman dragging and tossing a pit bull puppy over a fence. Kiani Wright, 43, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. If convicted on animal cruelty charges, Wright could face up to year in jail and possible fines.
Yonkers police officer Neville Bennett came to the dog's rescue and adopted the 6-month-old pup, renaming her Lady.