For animal lovers across the nation, this is the best news you could hope for. Animal abusers that have had legal ramifications will have to register like sex offenders.
The animal abuser registry is growing in popularity across the country. It’s only a matter of time before ALL animal abusers will have to be listed, much like sex offenders.
If someone has neglected his or her pet, physically harmed an animal or run a puppy mill illegally will finally face public liability.
So far, Tennessee is the only state to have the registry but cities like New York and Cook County, Illinois have them at a local level.
Offenders on the registry have their full name, date of birth, crime committed, conviction date and expiration date. For the first offense, offenders will be registered for two years. Any crime committed after that will add an additional five years to the registry.
Suffolk County in Long Island was the first in the country to develop an animal offenders registry. Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill’s sponsor, commented, “We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people.”
Each convicted offender will pay $50 to be listed on the registry. Failure to do so can result in a hefty fine and jail time.
What do you think about the animal abuser registry? Should all states enforce it?