Like sex offenders before them, animal abusers in some parts of the United States will now be required to register with the state. Their names and offenses will be listed in a publicly available registry. This is an incredible tool for preventing further abuse of innocent animals. Businesses and pet owners looking to hire pet sitters can check the registry for offenders.
Animal abuse registries are not required in all states, but the number of states passing this law is steadily growing. This law is usually passed on a city level and then spreads throughout the state. New York City and Cook County, Illinois already have an animal abuse registry on the books as does the entire state of Tennessee.
Monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Animal Abuse Registry can be viewed at the TBI website or at any local county office. Their registry includes a clear mugshot photograph of the abuser, name, date of birth, home address, offense, conviction date, and expiration date.
In the state of Tennessee, a first time animal abuser will be listed on the registry for two years. Their name will be returned and stay on the registry for an additional 5 years for every subsequent animal abuse offense.
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