House passes bill to create statewide animal abuser registry

May 27, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill to create a statewide animal abuser registry in Rhode Island has cleared the House and awaits action in the Senate.

The House passed a bill on Thursday to create a registry to prevent people with a history of mistreating animals from obtaining other animals, advancing it to the Senate.

Democratic Rep. Arthur Corvese, of North Providence, is leading the effort. He calls it a commonsense measure to prevent known abusers from “having easy access to more likely victims.”

It would include anyone convicted of animal abuse after the legislation is enacted. They would have to pay $125 to register.

The information would remain in the registry for 15 years. Anyone convicted more than once would have to register for life.

The attorney general’s office would maintain the registry.

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