Lawmaker re-introduces animal abuse registry bill

February 6, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker has re-introduced a bill to create a statewide animal abuser registry.

Democratic Rep. Arthur Corvese’s bill would create a registry to prevent people with a history of mistreating animals from owning more animals.

Convicted abusers would have to pay $125 to register or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine.

Similar legislation has stalled in the past.

Michael DiLauro with the state public defender’s office spoke against the bill Tuesday, saying registries give the public a “false sense of security.”

DiLauro also cited the cost involved, something that Corvese says he is working to convince the state House Finance Committee is a worthy cause.

Joe Warzycha with the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says officials should look into stricter penalties.

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