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Poll: Should Maryland Have an Animal Abuse Registry?

A Maryland lawmaker is proposing a bill that would create a statewide animal abuse registry similar to that of the sex offender registry.

Poll: Should Maryland Have an Animal Abuse Registry?

Just this month, a Yorkshire Terrier was brought to an animal shelter after being thrown from a 23-foot balcony in .

In , 40 dead animals were found in a home being occupied by a woman police say may have been involved in an animal rescue group.

With such frequent reports of animal abuse, Maryland lawmakers are now wondering if such offenders should be subject to an animal abuse registry.

Maryland State Sen. Ronald Young is reportedly proposing a bill that would create a statewide animal abuse registry as a means of preventing convicted abusers from acquiring additional pets.

According to CBS, if the bill passes, an animal abuser’s photo and address would be listed in the registry for 10 years. Such information would be placed on a public website.

A person would be subject to the registry for such mistreatment as neglecting an animal, poisoning an animal or leaving a pet unattended.

Vote in our poll or post below. Are animal abuse registries a good idea?

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