Petitions call for animal abuse registry


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) - The governor signed a bill that strengthened animal abuse laws back in March.

But right now, animal advocates and many vets want more.

That includes Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves.

Online there are a number of petitions calling for an animal abuse registry in Florida.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue says it operates an abuser directory of its own, but that it would be more helpful if the state, or even county, created a registry.

Right now, it has about 100 local alleged abusers that it won’t adopt to.

It says most animal rescues are operating in the dark when it comes to giving dogs to abusers.

“It’s really important because the dogs, and cats as well, cannot speak for themselves, so we need to be their voice,” said Sarah Wees, the director of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

According to the NAVS advocacy center, a non-profit organization for animals, right now, 10 states have submitted proposals to create animal abuser registries.

Those registries would be similar to the sex offender registry.

Advocates at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue want Florida on that list.

It says the move would help protect animals that can’t protect themselves.

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