State lawmakers want to create registry for animal crimes


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - State lawmakers want to create a registry tracking anyone convicted of animal abuse crimes.

State Sen. J.D. Ford, D-Zionsville, authored SB 432, which would require Hoosiers to register if they're convicted of cruelty to an animal, animal fighting, killing a domestic animal, bestiality and numerous other animal-related crimes. The registry would keep their name, age, last known address, a recent photograph, description of their crime and any other identifying information law enforcement deems necessary.

The registry would be online and searchable by the public.

State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, and State Rep. Mara Candearia Reardon, D-Lake County, both authored similar bills. All three were still in committee as of Friday afternoon.

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