Mass. lawmakers consider registry for animal abusers

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BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers in Massachusetts and other states are weighing proposals to create registries of animal abusers as a means for ensuring that pets wind up in the care of responsible and humane owners.

A bill heard Wednesday by a legislative panel would require anyone convicted of an animal cruelty crime to provide his or her name, address and a photograph to an animal abuser registry. The database would be shared with pet shops, animal breeders and shelters but would not be readily available to the general public. It would be analogous in some respects to sex offender registries.

Animal protection groups say the idea is beginning to gain traction around the U.S.

New York City created an animal abuse registry last year. Tennessee gave approval this year to the first statewide registry.

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