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Maryland: Animal Abuse Registry Proposed

Maryland: Animal Abuse Registry Proposed

Name: Maryland Animal Abuse Registry

Bill Number: HB 40

A statewide animal abuse registry is a crucial tool to help law enforcement, shelters and adoption centers keep track of convicted abusers and prevent them from obtaining future companion animals. HB 40 would establish an animal abuse registry for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes. The registry would be available to the public. Animal shelters, pet stores and animal breeders would be required to check the registry before transferring an animal to a new owner. An individual would be listed on the registry for fifteen years following a first conviction and for twenty years following a subsequent conviction. Listed individuals would also be barred from owning or adopting an animal.

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Please support HB 40 and help establish a statewide animal abuse registry in Maryland

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that would establish a statewide animal abuse registry in Maryland. HB 40 would create a database of individuals convicted of animal abuse in order to assist law enforcement agencies in preventing the commission of future animal crimes and to help animal shelters and sellers keep animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.

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 abuser registries. The creation of an animal abuser registry in Maryland 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]