FL Senator Proposes Animal Abuser Registry

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If Florida State Senator Mike Fasano has his way, animal abusers will soon be identifiable via a registry similar to those used to track sex offenders.

Senator Fasano said the bill came about after he became aware of a horrific case of cat abuse. SB-618, or “Dexter’s Law” would require convicted animal abusers to register with the state and pay a yearly fee:  relocation would require re-registration, essentially leaving no place to hide for those found guilty of crimes against animals. New York recently adopted similar legislation that will take effect later this year, and similar bills are pending in multiple states – an encouraging sign to those who fight for tougher animal welfare laws.

“It’s kind of sad that we have to do something like this, but these animals can’t defend themselves,” said Senator Fasano.