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More States Mandating Animal Abusers to Register as Offenders









It’s about time! More states are requiring animal abusers to register as animal offenders, and we couldn’t be more pleased.


Tennessee has an animal offenders registry that requires animal abusers to register in a similar fashion to how sex offenders are registered once convicted, following the likes of ones in New York and Florida and even European countries.

Related: Logan’s Law Will Mandate Animal Abusers Registry, Tougher Penalties

Now several jurisdictions across the United States have introduced animal offender registries, and these registries allow the public to know about animal abusers in their area. Right now, Tennessee is the only state that has a registry, but smaller localities like New York City and Cook County in Illinois have them, with other counties and states in the country following suit.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) monitors the Tennessee registry and anyone can access information at the TBI or offices in any county of Tennessee. The information the on the registry details an abuser’s name, birthday, offense, conviction date and date that their conviction expires. Pet shops and breeders will be able to use this information to better serve their pets and to ensure their safety when moving to new homes.


Animal abusers who are convicted for the first time must register for two years and they will receive an additional five years in the registry every time they are convicted of subsequent offenses.

To register, convicted users will have to pay a $50 registration fine, and abusers 18 and older have to supply a picture and any aliases they may have. Failure to register, may mean a year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.

Related: Doctors Say Pet Abuse Should Raise Red Flags About Domestic Violence

Convicted abusers will be made to pay a $50 registration fine. All abusers 18 or older must supply a recent photo as well as any aliases they go by. If you fail to register, you’ll face a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

The model in Tennessee is based on one in Suffolk County, New York. Suffolk County is in the eastern part of Long Island, and was the first principality in the country to develop a registry for animal offenders. John Cooper, Suffolk County Legislator says that research shows a strong correlation between those who abuse animals and those who participate in domestic violence. Evidence also shows that almost every serial killer at one time tortured animals, so he hopes that lives could possibly be saved by identifying and cataloging those who may end up being eventual abusers of humans.




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What is considered animal abuse? How about the use of prong and e collars, outdoor kennels? I am sure many people consider this animal abuse. Is it defined somewhere? How about cropping and docking?
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What is considered animal abuse? How about the use of prong and e collars, outdoor kennels? I am sure many people consider this animal abuse. Is it defined somewhere? How about cropping and docking?

Agreed. I've seen some ridiculous rules being made from people too far removed from animals to understand them. Otherwise, I'm all for this. Some sort of list would be good for breeders and rescues if they took the time to check it. 

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Another one: running alongside my bike. Or my skinny Whippets from the past. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that true animal abusers are nailed but just hope that common sense prevails.
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I think this is a great idea, to add a little more on this subject. True animal abuse can be linked to Sexual Child Abuse (some times the POS Oxygen Thief will hurt or threaten to hurt the child's pet to keep the child quiet).

As I understand it, in some States it is Mandatory for Social Workers to report any child neglect/abuse investigations to the SPCA if an animal is present in the home and vice versa for the SPCA.

It is important to understand that violent people have violent pastimes , when you or I go to the Movies for a night out........they go to a Dog/**** fight.

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What is considered animal abuse? How about the use of prong and e collars, outdoor kennels? I am sure many people consider this animal abuse. Is it defined somewhere? How about cropping and docking?
Seems everything goes as animal abuse these days.

The notion of having dogs working is considered abuse to some people.


Some people think it's abuse to keep dogs outside.

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Wish that was in every state!😒
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I'm baffled that some of you making light of laws that put away people who torture dogs and cats with chemical acid burns, skin them alive, put home-branding marks on them to watch them scream, pull their teeth all out using pliers at home in order to use the dogs as bait to be ripped apart for dog fighting, deliberately chain and starve them to watch them die because "it's interesting," cause prolapsed rectums from sexual abuse and more. Oh and in my community, German Shepherds are the favorite bait dogs for dog fighters because of the "good grip" on their necks -- a foster involved in our rescue was approached at work and asked for "the old ones y'all gonna put down anyway"-- including her oldster dying of cancer!

I'm happy some of you live in innocent bubbles where you maybe don't know this stuff exists, but seriously...be careful whose cause you are aligning yourself with if you want to criticize laws criminalizing aggravated animal cruelty. People who do this stuff not only are almost certain to abuse domestic partners and kids, but data is also very clear that they are can be future serial killers in the making. They need to be tracked by law enforcement.
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The problem is that some animal abuse is debatable as to whether it is animal abuse or not. To treat all cases as the same is not a reasonable option. They are running into the same thing with sex offenders, lots of borderline cases involved like a boy just over legal age and his girlfriend just under, it all can depend on whether parents choose to pursue charges or not. Where does one draw the line?

We had a local case regarding a sanctuary that local authorities routinely stamped with their seal of approval. There never was a problem for years until a higher level humane organizations got involved and was paid by a popular tv show to investigate. All of a sudden things weren't alright.

I was appalled to read about a breeder who had problems and one of the things she was cited for was cobwebs. Really? A lot of people leave cobwebs so that the spiders can eat unwanted insects. Where does one draw a line?
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