Assemblyman Singleton now has 2 animal abuse registries that are moving through the legislative process in New Jersey.

A3421, introduced on March 7, 2016 would require that the establishment of an animal abuse registry on the Department of Health’s website where the following information would be listed:

the full legal name of any person who has been convicted of, or found civilly liable for, by any court or other official administrative entity maintaining records of such violations adjudged on or before the effective date of this section, an animal cruelty violation of any applicable provision of chapter 22 of Title 4 of the Revised Statutes, P.L.2002, c.102 (C.4:19-38 et seq.), section 1 of P.L.1983, c.261 (C.2C:29-3.1); section 1 of P.L.2013, c.205 (C.2C:29-3.2), P.L.2015, c.85 (C.2C:33-31 et seq.), or R.S.39:4-23.

If a photograph of the person was taken as part of the booking process, it will be included on the website.

The names and related information will be included on this website seemingly for perpetuity, despite the fact that rules against perpetuity have been adopted in New Jersey.

The names and related information also includes those previously convicted of or found civilly liable under the animal cruelty laws, although there is no identified mechanism for the Department of Health to obtain that information.

This bill

updates current law concerning the DOH list of persons ineligible to be animal control officers because of guilt or liability as animal cruelty offenders. The bill expands the offenses to be considered as disqualifying offenses and authorizes the Commissioner of Health to use the animal abuser registry, once established, to update and maintain the list of persons ineligible to be animal control officers.

In sharp contrast, in Boston, Stacia Gorgone, the former head of a rescue organization which was reportedly “shut down for bringing sick animals into Massachusetts” was seemingly rewarded for violating state laws when she was appointed as the city of Everett’s new animal control officer by Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.

Back in New Jersey, Assemblyman Singleton’s other animal abuse registry, known as “Moose’s Law” (A308) has also been successfully voted out of committee.

Just what we need. Two Animal Abuse Registry’s in the same state.