A Long Island, NY county where the bodies of 42 animals were found buried in a backyard has created the first government-mandated pet abuser list.
The Suffolk County list similar to Megan's Law database that tracks child sex offenders, will require those convicted of animal cruelty to register or face jail or fines, the Associated Press reports.
One lawmaker said the list - which will be public - acknowledges the link between animal abuse and domestic violence and the goal is to help stop animal abusers and prevent people who harm animals from hurting other people.
The list will be public so residents can see if there are animal abusers in their neighborhood. Abusers are known to steal their neighbors' pets.