Take action to support passage of these new and carryover bills
Keeping companion animals out of the hands of convicted animal abusers continues to be a priority concern for animal advocates across the United States. Though progress on this important issue has been slow, this year legislation to establish animal abuser registries (which are modeled after those kept for convicted sex offenders) is under consideration in 10 states from coast to coast.
Please TAKE ACTION below if your state is considering the creation of an animal abuser registry.
Don’t see your state listed? If your state does not have an animal abuser registry or legislation to create one, please send your legislator a model bill and request them to introduce an animal abuser registry in your state. Or send them a letter through the advocacy center asking them to consider such a measure by taking action.
Hawaii, SB 2014 would create a database of individuals convicted of animal abuse in order to assist law enforcement agencies in preventing the commission of future animal crimes and to help animal shelters and sellers keep animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.
Indiana, HB 1332 would require the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to maintain a public registry of convicted animal abusers. The Institute would obtain data from the state police department, the department of correction, and other governmental agencies.
Maryland, HB 40 would require the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to establish an Animal Abuse Registry and for persons convicted of crimes involving animal cruelty to be listed for 5 years. 1/29/18 Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
Massachusetts, HB 852 would require the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services to create a central animal abuse registry for persons convicted of animal abuse crimes. Animal shelters, pet stores and animal breeders would be required to check the registry before transferring an animal to a new owner. Hearing held 7/18/2017
Mississippi, SB 2474 would create a publicly accessible database of individuals convicted of abuse towards a dog or cat for 10 years upon first offense and permanently for subsequent offenses.
New Jersey, A 719/S 278 would require the Attorney General to maintain a list of convicted animal abusers; individuals would remain on the list for15 years after which they could petition for removal. The registry would be available to the public and may be used by an animal shelter, rescue, or animal control group to screen applicants for employment or for pet adoption.
S 381 would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to establish a list of convicted animal abusers that would be available to the public and may be used by an animal shelter, rescue, or animal control group to screen applicants for employment or for pet adoption. Registrants on the registry would not be able to work as an animal control officer or register or license and animal; animals owned by registrants may be seized.
S 1230 would require the Department of Health create an animal abuser registry to be used primarily to bar registrants from employment as an animal control officer and would allow any current officer to be removed from office.
New York, A 317/S 2558 would create an animal cruelty data base for all animal convictions; information would be available to all law enforcement entities, animal control officers, district attorneys, humane societies and animal rescue groups.
A 4731/S 1485 would create an animal abuser registry for felony animal abuse convictions for five years. While on the list, registrants cannot own or exercise over a companion animal; information must be used by animal shelters and pet dealers to confirm that potential owners are not on the list. Information would also be available to the public.
A 3497 would create an animal abuser central registry for individuals convicted of a felony or other animal cruelty crimes. Registrants would be prohibited from owning or possessing any companion animal for five years and animal shelters and pet dealers would be required to check the registry to ensure that they do not sell or transfer an animal to a past animal abuser.
A 5070 would create a publicly-accessible animal abuser registry; individuals, schools, animal shelters and other businesses within a half-mile radius of the animal abuser’s residence would be contacted by the county sheriff after they register their presence.
S 4273 would require convicted animal abusers to register on a publicly available animal cruelty register and would prohibit them from owning a companion animal or working at a business establishment where animals are present.
Oklahoma, HB 2614 would establish an animal abuse registry for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes. An individual would be listed on the registry for two years following a first conviction and for five years following a subsequent conviction. The registry website would also be available to the public.
Rhode Island, H 7025 would establish an animal abuser registry for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes. An individual would be listed on the registry for 15 years following a first conviction and for life for prior or subsequent convictions. The registry website would be available to the public and registered offenders would be barred from owning animals.
Virginia, SB 32 would establish an Animal Abuser Conviction List for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes. An individual would be listed on the registry for 15 unless there is a subsequent conviction. The registry website would also be available to the public.
Washington, SB 5804 would require the Washington state patrol to keep a registry of convicted animal abusers for use by law enforcement entities, veterinarians, animal breeders, adoption agencies and retail pet stores. Abusers on registry would be barred from owning an animal and from working at or volunteering with any humane society or business dealing with animals. By resolution reintroduced and retained in present status.