Animal abuse registry proposed – January 15, 2014

People convicted of animal cruelty someday could find themselves on a list similar to one set up for convicted sex offenders.

State Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation creating a new registry designed to keep offenders away from animals.

“We had read articles in the summer and fall about different people getting convicted of animal abuse, and we decided we should have a registry,” Berrios said. “So employers could see if people they were thinking of hiring would ensure that animals were safe.”

Under the proposed law, anyone over the age of 18 who is convicted of cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty or animal torture would be placed on the registry, where his or her name, birth date, address and criminal offense would be publicly listed.

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