I spoke to the Beaver County Animal Control Officer last week and she educated me on what they look for, how they are trying to stop animal abuse, and how someone would be put on the Do Not Adopt Blacklist.
First and foremost, if you make that call to animal control about an animal being abused, they have to have probable cause and a warrant to get into the house.
Once the situation has been investigated and the abuser is indeed deemed abusive to their animal, they can be put on this list by the shelter and animal control. The animal will be taken away to be rehabilitated and found a good home.
Every shelter has a Do Not Adopt Blacklist but is not made public nor can just anyone use it like the general public.
Some signs they look for in animal abuse:
Someone who adopts and keeps taking the animal back to the shelter
Cruelty – beatings, chains, dog fighting, etc.
Neglect – starvation, etc.
Animals running at large
No license or rabies tags if found running at large
Breaking tether laws
A vet makes a call to the shelter regarding the same animal always coming in with something wrong with it
A vet makes a call to the shelter stating the animal is coming in with the same injuries
“I found a stray” when someone keeps bringing in dogs saying they found this stray
Organizations who monitor postings on the internet and see people looking for pit bull puppies, especially the same people