Animal Abusers Must Register Like Sex Offenders in These Areas
Last November, Hillsborough County, which includes the city of Tampa, also started an animal abuse registry. Convicted animal abusers’ names, addresses and photos will be published on the county’s website. Much like online sex offender registries, this will be public information.
Because of the statewide animal abuse registry, animal shelters and retailers must now have pet purchasers and pet adopters sign affidavits. These affidavits act as affirmations… their sworn statements that they are not registered on the animal abuse list. This allows those looking for homes for their pets or pet-sitters to scrutinize candidates. Furthermore, it helps weed out known abusers.
Other Areas Implement Animal Abuse Registries
According to a Washington Post report:
“The county is the latest in a tiny but growing group of U.S. jurisdictions to adopt such registries. A handful of New York counties have them, as does New York City, although that one isn’t accessible to the public. Cook County, Ill., whose county seat is Chicago, recently decided to create one. Tennessee started the first statewide registry in January, although it still has just three people on its list.”
Because of the new statewide animal abuse laws, animal adoption counselors now have an objective, useful tool for identifying repeat offenders. This gives them the leverage they need to deny adopters. One pet adoption counselor noted:
“Now, it won’t just be our gut instinct — we have actual documentation to lean on.”