In 2014, the New York City Council passed the Animal Abuse Registration Act. This act requires any adult convicted of an animal abuse crime after October 2, 2014 and residing in New York City to contact the New York City Health Department to be added to the Animal Abuse Registry. Anyone required to register is prohibited from owning, possessing, residing with, having custody of, or intentionally engaging in any physical contact with any animal. The registration period lasts for five years after sentencing or, if incarcerated, for five years after release from incarceration.
Information for People Required to Register
Those required to register should call 311 and ask about the Animal Abuse Registry or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Health Department will schedule a telephone intake session and an appointment for in-person registration, as required by the Act.
Information for Animal-Related Businesses and Organizations
Employees of certain animal-related businesses and organizations are required to check the registry and refuse to sell or transfer ownership of an animal to anyone listed there. Animal-related businesses covered under the act are:
To access the Registry, click on the button below. Registration is required. All groups required by law to check the registry must do so before they transfer any animal to an individual either by sale or adoption.
Read the complete Animal Abuse Registration Act for all additional requirements and definitions of this law.
To report animal abuse, call 311.