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Pennsylvania animal abuse registry to bar abusers from owning pets

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House of Representative Mike Carroll (D-118) is the co-sponsor of House Bill 265 which will require convicted animal abusers to register with the county sheriff once a year for the next 15 years reported Monday's The Sentinel Cumberlink.com.

The sheriffs will then inform schools, animal shelters, humane societies and businesses within a half-mile radius of the animal abuser's residence - much like Megan's Law for children.

According to the Pocono Record, Rep. Carroll says his office is constantly contacted about egregious animal cruelty situations going on and wants to help the animals in the entire state; abuse is not unique to just the Poconos.

Read more about Pennsylvania animal cruelty cases by clicking here.

In addition, the state police will also be involved and will develop a publicly searchable database of animal abusers which will bar those convicted from owning a pet for 15 years. The registry will be available nationwide and will list the abusers by their names and birth dates.

At this time, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is building their own national animal abuser registry. In November 2013, Chris Green, the director of legislative affairs for the ALDF, stated the sponsored database from all 50 states will be made available to all rescue organizations free of charge.

Information for the "Do Not Adopt" list will be gathered from district attorney offices in all jurisdictions nationwide.

House Bill 265 is in the Judiciary Committee. Lawmakers have until November to act on it. Rep. Carroll states there has been wide bipartisan support for the registry.

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