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Local state senator proposes animal cruelty registry

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State Senator Bill Stanley introduced a bill to establish an animal cruelty registry.

Senator Stanley says the registry would discourage people from committing those crimes. It would list the offenders name, address, and date and location of the offense.

It would be for any felony charges like torturing, poisoning, or killing an animal. It would be online and available to the public.

"I think the citizens have a right to know," State Senator Bill Stanley says. "I think you should maintain that list so that we can know who is really out there in the Commonwealth of Virginia who has hurt domestic animals like dogs cats and horses."

Senator Stanley says the biggest challenge is getting the money for the project.

Virginia State Police would be in charged of maintaining the registry.

State Police estimate the total cost to $840,000 to set up the registry and more than $280,000 a year to maintain it.

Stanley disagrees and says it can be done for much cheaper.

The bill went through the Agriculture Committee and is being reviewed by the Finance Committee.

See the full bill here.

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