Cruz announces animal abuse registry bill

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that he is proposing legislation requiring people convicted of an animal abuse crime to register with a statewide registry to be established by the PA State Police.

“Animal abuse registries allow law enforcement to hold convicted individuals more accountable and provide additional resources to animal shelters to prevent abusers from adopting and abusing again,” Cruz said. “Without an animal abuse registry, it’s extremely easy for people with prior animal abuse convictions to acquire more animals and commit repeat offenses.”

Additionally, Cruz’s legislation would require the county sheriff to provide all county residences, schools, humane societies, animal shelters and any other business within a half-mile radius of the offender’s residence or location with the registration information of the offender within 10 days of receiving a registration. The information would be maintained for seven years to a lifetime, depending on the number of convictions. Failure to register would be a third-degree felony and repeat offenders who fail to register would commit a second-degree felony.

More information about the proposed legislation is available by contacting Cruz’s district office at 215-291-5643.