AnimalSave supports abuse registry bill |

AnimalSave supports abuse registry bill

Offender registries are nothing new. Sex offenders and arsonists must register so employers and neighbors know who they are.

But now, that could be required of those who abuse animals.

In late February, state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, introduced a bill that would require those convicted of animal abuse to provide a photo and personal information to a public database.

The idea won support from a Nevada County animal rescue group, AnimalSave.

“It’s a wonderful idea,” said Kathi DelPonte, president of the Grass Valley-based nonprofit’s board of directors. “I just don’t understand how a person could look into an animal’s eyes and abuse them.”

The registry would be useful for neighbors, DelPonte said, because animal abusers often turn their anger toward people.

Registries like this one have failed in Colorado and Tennessee, but animal rights groups across the country have supported such proposals.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is launching a video campaign entitled “Expose animal abusers” and announced its support for the bill last week.

“Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals,” said a release from the ALDF.

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