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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in one western New York county say they want to establish an animal abuse registry that would display pictures of people convicted of animal cruelty and prohibit them from buying or owning pets for five years.
Erie County Legislator Terrence McCracken plans to detail his plan at a news conference in Buffalo Thursday.
He says the idea came to him after several recent high-profile cases of hoarding and abuse, where caretakers took on more animals than they could care for or didn't provide adequate food and medical care.
A similar law was enacted in Suffolk County two years ago.
The Erie County proposal appears to have enough early support to get through the Legislature, but would have to be put to a public hearing before becoming law.