Florida lawmakers propose creating a registry of animal abusers

With the Florida Legislature Beginning its regular session this week, two lawmakers presented their proposal to create an animal abuse registry in the Sunshine State.

Last week, State Senator Shevrin Jones, D-Miami Gardens and State Representative Kristen Arrington, D-Kissimmee, introduced the bills and they weighed in on them Wednesday.

Rep. Kristen Arrington (D-Kissimmee) introduced HB 1341, a law to create a statewide registry of animal abusers. Complementary legislation, SB 1806, was filed by Sen. Shevrin Jones (D-Miami Gardens).

“As an animal lover and dog owner, I am thrilled to be working with Rep. Arrington as she takes the lead on this great bill,” Jones said. “This registry will help keep animals out of the reach of abusers because no convicted animal abusers should be allowed to own or live with animals.”

“This bill will place restrictions on a convicted animal abuser from owning, adopting, living with or working with animals,” Arrington said. “This registry will help identify these people, prevent unnecessary suffering and save the lives of countless animals.”

Jones’ bill was sent to the Judiciary and Appropriations Committee and Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. Arrington’s bill had not been assigned to any committee on Thursday.

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