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Massachusetts: Animal Abuse Registry Act Proposed

Massachusetts: Animal Abuse Registry Act Proposed

Name: Massachusetts Animal Abuse Registry

Bill Number: HB 852

A statewide animal abuse registry is a crucial tool to help law enforcement, shelters and adoption centers keep track of convicted abusers and prevent animals from falling into the hands of a convicted abuser. HB 852 would establish an animal abuse registry for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes. Abusers would remain on the registry for 5 years. Animal shelters, pet stores and animal breeders would be required to check the registry before transferring an animal to a new owner. Failure to check the registry would result in steep penalties for those transferring the animal.

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Please support HB 852 and help establish an animal abuse registry in Massachusetts

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that would establish a central animal abuse registry in Massachusetts. HB 852 would create a database of individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes in order to assist law enforcement in preventing future animal abuse. The bill would also require animal shelters, pet stores and animal breeders to check the registry before transferring an animal to a new owner.

The purpose of establishing an animal abuse registry is to provide a resource for law enforcement, shelters and adoption centers to help identify convicted animal abusers who are involved in new allegations of abuse or who are trying to adopt an animal who may then be put in harm's way. Access to this information is crucial in keeping companion animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.

With similar legislation introduced in multiple states across the nation, it is clear that there is a strong public interest in establishing animal abuse registries. The creation of an animal abuse registry in Massachusetts would better protect our animals and reduce the likelihood of convicted animal abusers victimizing animals in the future.

Please support the establishment of a database of convicted animal abusers and help protect animals from harm.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]