Animal Abuse Offender List

I want get a law on the books that would establish a registry of animal abuse offenders. Animal abusers, those convicted of cruelty to animals in the first degree, or fighting dogs, would be required to register with the local police who, in turn, would notify local schools, animal shelters and rescues and other businesses within a mile of the offender's residence. The state Attorney General would then maintain registration information that would be accessible to the public on a website.







Animal abusers, take heed. Efforts to establish online registries for animal abusers, like the ones for sex offenders, are gaining support, with legislation pending or soon-to-be-introduced in at least five states.





Among the efforts is one from Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano, who has proposed Dexter’s law, named after a kitten that was beaten to death in his state. His proposal would require convicted animal abusers to register with authorities. Their names, home addresses and photographs would be posted online, and they would be required to pay $50 a year to maintain the registry.




Registries also have been proposed in Maryland, Colorado, Arizona and New York. Stephan K. Otto, director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, expects similar proposals in more states.




Suffolk County on Long Island in 2010 moved to create a registry, and has since been followed by two otherNew York counties. No names appear on the Suffolk County registry yet, because it was only recently set up. Convicted abusers will appear on the registry for five years. Those failing to register are subject to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.




The New York counties also require pet stores and animal shelters to check the names of anyone seeking to adopt or buy an animal against the registry, Otto said.




Maryland State Sen. Ronald Young said he plans to introduce legislation in the wake of two incidents in his state. In one, a Yorkshire terrier was thrown off a 23-foot-high balcony; the dog, Louie, survived. In the other, a golden retriever puppy named Heidi was shot to death.




“Just too many people are mistreating and killing animals,’’ Young said in an interview.




A bill to create such a registry in California, introduced in 2010, didn’t make it through the Legislature, partly because of concerns about its cost.




The Animal Legal Defense Fund says the registries can reduce the number of abused animals and serve as an early warning system for potentially violent criminals, citing cases of serial killers who had tortured animals as children. Otto said they also can save taxpayers money by reducing the cost for caring for and treating abused animals.

We need to get a registry in every state, I live in NJ so that's where I am starting. Start one in your state...we need to stop the abuse!!!! 

We have e registry for sex offenders and in my opinion these abusers are just as pitiful!!!

Please sign if you love animals!!!!

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