Animal Abuse Registry Proposed by a Pair of Arizona Lawmakers

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Among the bills turned in early this legislative session is a proposal to create a registry of convicted animal abusers.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Steve Farley and Democratic Representative Andrew Sherwood, calls for the Arizona Department of Public Safety to run the registry, similarly to how it currently operates the state's sex-offender registry.

Senate Bill 1037 calls for a person convicted of certain animal abuses to register for a year. After a second conviction, he or she would have to register with the local Sheriff's Office once a year for life.

So a year after someone's first conviction, his name would be taken off of the registry website. And like a sex offender, an animal abuser would be committing a crime by failing to register. (Failing to register as a sex offender is a felony, but failing to register as an animal abuser would be a misdemeanor, under this bill.)

The bill also calls for the online registry to be searchable by name and address.

The crimes that would lead to someone being placed on the registry include bestiality, cruelty to animals, animal fighting, presence at an animal fight, cockfighting (a different law from other animal fights), presence at a cockfight, and horse tripping.

Senator Farley, as well as other legislative Democrats and Republicans, proposed this same law last year, but it never made it past the committees. The bill was also proposed -- and had bipartisan support -- in 2012.

Although the Animal Legal Defense Fund has gotten legislators in plenty of states to propose such a registry, no statewide registry has ever been put on the books. However, three counties in New York have enacted an animal-abuser registry.

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Oliver733
Oliver733

I would agree to see animal abusers put on a list, also this should be for those who abuse children,and women.

Abusers that are intentional in their actions, out of control or just cruel.

Someone who spanks a child using a gentle hand is not an abuser. We must be clear on what constitutes abuse. But yes they  should be on a list.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

The alternative should be to string them up from the sturdiest tree available with a note attached to their corpse reading "3-7-77." (The Vigilante Calling Card.)

frolic3j
frolic3j

I agree with hershey71 !!!!

hershey71
hershey71

The USA is in the stone age when it comes to protecting pets.   Animals are chained outside for a lifetime in horrid weather.   In Sweden if a dog is tied outside for over ONE hour, it is seized, owner does jail time and is never allowed to own a pet again.   Let your legislator know you are fed up with such abuse and puppy mill horrors.

mrsgee712
mrsgee712

This is a great idea. It would really help the rescues and shelters when they are trying to screen people for adoption. Many of the poor dogs and cats in shelters have already been through so much. The last thing they need is to go into the home of an abuser!

karynzoldan
karynzoldan

What about beating a dog at the South Tucson dog track? What about a 3 1 /2 year old dog named Atomic Charm found dead in her cage and it's considered as natural causes? What about 150 racing greyhounds disappearing never to be found? What about making racing greyhounds race in the rain and 100+ degree temperatures? While I applaud this bill and hope it gets passed, once again racing greyhounds are left out of any humane protection.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

I think all legislators need to be required to take a extreme battery of psychological tests before they can run for office, they might weed out the lunatics!;-)

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

CPS could not keep track of abused kids, how does any sane person think this idea makes any sense!;-) I think folks who advocate for this stuff are lunatics and have no common sense at all! I just am never surprised at the stupidity I read in the daily news in Arizona anymore! We cannot control the border but we think we can control every single thing in our society, a real delusion of grandeur exists here!;-)

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Pretty soon one will have everyone registering with the police as human beings, and have to ask for permission to move from one location to the next, this is how some governments work, one needs a permit to move around inside these societies, no doubt they have some alleged justification for this but this sounds like lunacy, if one does actual animal cruelty we have plenty of laws on the books to deal with this, making more laws which have to be enforced costs tax payers money to try and enforce them and unenforceable laws are meaningless making a job for somebody I guess, will we have animal abuser probation/parole officers now?:-)

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

This is proof Arizona has finally gone insane!:-) These sex registry programs work so well, they cannot keep them working and half the time these sex offenders cannot be found, now we are going to force alleged dog abusers to be treated like sex offenders? I got to say someone in government is a bit Looney tune, but guess this with all the other things one sees in Arizona is not surprising! Does one become a animal abuser due to failure to take their pet to a dog dentist? Or if it catches some communicable animal disease does the owner get charged? I see a ton of junk with this craziness!

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

So I guess there aren't any other issues that our local Government has to focus on right? *smh

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

Kick their asses. Seriously kick their asses over and over and over.

Kevin Bilder
Kevin Bilder

I totally agree. Anyone who abuses animals should be punished in extreme ways. It is terrible and disgusting!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Animals have more rights than humans, what a joke and waste of time.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

If you support the bill you should probably stop eating meat.

randeazie
randeazie

State Rep. Sherwood is one of my legislators! I couldn't be happier he co-sponsored this bill. This is a great idea, I only hope it won't be completely dismissed because a Democrat happened to propose it. 

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson

Should be a permanent registry! Not just a year!

Lindsey Burke
Lindsey Burke

wait, az legislators trying to help the less powerful? they must be democrats and they will likely lose the fight. sad.

JaCinda Crawford
JaCinda Crawford

I agree with Renee, indefinite registration and for all animal abuses. AND I should get to kick them in the junk!

Renee Fader
Renee Fader

It should be indefinite, not just one year and for ALL types of abuse not just "certain ones".

daddysgirl71350
daddysgirl71350

@karynzoldan  I agree. I hope that this will start a revolution for all animals. Hopefully this is the step in the right direction they need, but the laws and consequences need to be harsher! While this is good, it's not good enough! Screw misdemeanors, these acts of violence along with any violation should be considered a felony! Animals have rights and we need to make that official. Plus a lot of people aren't educated on just what abuse really is. They assume that abuse is only physical, like beating them. There's so much more that people put these poor animals through. If it's a huge deal to leave a baby in the car, then it should be the same if a pet is in the car. Not feeding them for anything longer than a day, not providing clean water (I've seen dogs that are chained in the owners back yard with it's neck fur turning grey, balding, redness, even chain embedded in the skin, and their only drinking water is a nasty old dirty tub/bucket filled with hose water.), leaving them locked in cages for hours on end, leaving them alone in the house all day, ignoring illnesses, the list goes on and on with things that a lot of people don't consider a big deal. When it comes to eating and drinking with my pets, if I wouldn't eat/drink it, then  I won't make them do it. People are always criticizing me saying that animals are lower than people and that you can't expect people to treat them like people. I say BS! If anything, animals are higher than humans! An animal will never lie to you, abuse you, abandon you, put you down, humiliate you, steal from you, etc. Humans are wicked, selfish, and evil. We're the ones killing the planet and making all kinds of animals go extinct! They need and DESERVE our love, kindness, and help. They can't speak and tell you when they last ate, or if something hurts, if they're sad, etc. We can only guess at a very select few things through body language, and that's IF we even care enough to notice! I'm sorry for the rambling... I just with that more people cared. I hate it that a lot of people don't care about an animal unless it's "cute," or if they're a dog person they hate cats and vice versa. That's horrible, it's UNACCEPTABLE!!!! We need to wake up and take a stand for ALL animals, and give them the respect, kindness, and TLC that they deserve. 

hershey71
hershey71

@vagabond545454  Sure hope you don't own a pet.    You are clueless to the animal suffering out there.

domino4
domino4

@vagabond545454 You need to just go away, you are a LOSER if you are against laws for protection of animals.  I hate you.

domino4
domino4

Why don't you go away LOSER, you must be plotting right now on abusing an animal!!!!

domino4
domino4

You are an IDIOT!!!!!  GO AWAY LOSER!!!!

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Yes, they ARE Democrats... but Lindsey, Steve Farley has actually been successful at moving some legislation through his career in Arizona lawmaking. Both Steve and Andrew are strong fighters for those who need a voice in public policy. 


With more support from Arizona citizens, bills like this are not automatically doomed to defeat.


vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@domino4@vagabond545454


Again amazed your still thinking I care what you think!:-) Your lunacy has no effect on me much as your previously stated hatred, only proves point those who advocate this are lunatics!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@hershey71@vagabond545454


I own a dog, she gets fed regularly, sees the vet for her shots, house dog in fact, proves how clueless you are! I just have common sense versus your lack of it!:-) From the comments I read here advocating murder of these alleged dog abusers to the legislators making laws no one can enforce and might not even muster constitutionality I see you and your ilk as silly at best at worst a bit demented!:-) It must drive you insane to realize you control only the key board before you and nothing else in this big old world, laws proposed by legislators have to pass first before they become law then they have to pass the ultimate test of constitutionality, time will tell I doubt this law will pass muster!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@domino4@vagabond545454


Amusing, what tickles me the most is that you think I could care what you think of me!:-) I imagine your hate is self destructive since it has no effect on me!:-)

domino4
domino4

@vagabond545454  Oh wow, so you're a big hero because you give a dog something to eat???  Oh OK, well I suppose it could be worse.  :-/

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