NC bill would create online registry for animal abusers

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 9:53 PM EDT
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Two senators in North Carolina have proposed a measure that would create an online registry, similar to the sex offender registry, for convicted animal abusers.

The bill, SB 423, was filed on March 28 in 2019 with Senators McKissick and Britt being the primary sponsors.

According to CBS affiliate WFMY, after a person's first animal abuse offense, they would be put on an online registry for the next two years. If they have another offense, they would be put on the registry for five years.

Under the proposed bill, repeat offenders put on the registry would have to give up any animals they owned and would not be able to own animals for the next five years.

If passed, the bill would go into effect on Jan. 2, 2020.