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Animal abuser registry: Do we need one?

Detroit legislator Harvey Santana has introduced a bill to create an animal abuser registry, which would be similar to Michigan's Sex Offender Registry.  The proposed bill would require those who are convicted of animal abuse to register with the animal abuser registry as well as pay a $50 fee and notify their local police of any address changes.  Furthermore, photographs and other information of the convicted individual would be open for inspection at local police agencies and could be posted on the Internet.

Depending on the seriousness of the injury to an animal, an individual could be charged with a felony (possible imprisonment in the Michigan Department of Corrections) or a misdemeanor.  These are serious charges.  If you are being investigated or charged with one or more offenses involving animal abuse/cruelty, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

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