(WBNG) -- Broome County has launched its online Animal Abuser Registry.
The Broome County Sheriff's Office is maintaining the registry. In November, the Broome County Legislature approved the resolution and to start it in 2018.
People convicted of animal abuse crimes will be placed on the registry. Leaders say this will help prevent these people from adopting or purchasing animals.
"I think it's very important that it kind of brings about an awareness and brings that to the forefront so people are aware of it and having the registry gives a place where someone can go online and look up these people," Captain Kate Newcomb of the Broome County Sheriff's office told 12 News.
Animal abuse crimes include abandonment, failure to provide proper food and drink, animal fighting, and aggravated cruelty and others.
The registry can be found on Broome County's website.