FL: Lee County considers animal abuser registry to prevent future cases

Source: nbc-2.com 11/7/23

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is working with county commissioners to keep convicted animal abusers from getting their hands on another animal.

LCSO wants to create an animal abuser registry that would list those convicted of abuse.

On Tuesday, Lee County Commissioners approved the animal registry ordinance on the consent agenda to move to a public hearing, so leaders can get the community’s thoughts.

“It’s important to protect those that cannot protect themselves. I say it all the time, whether it’s the elderly, whether it’s children or animals. I’m an animal lover before the Sheriff,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said.

The registry would work similar to a sex offender registry.

Gulfcoast Humane Society Executive Director Gary Willoughby said this registry would help hold all of us accountable. As the ordinance stands right now: a person, shelter, or breeder who gives the animal to someone on the list will face consequences.

“It really puts an emphasis on all of us to really take that extra step to ensure you are putting the animals in a safe environment,” Willoughby said.

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I thought “animal abusers” were already listed on the current “sexual offender” registry…or would this proposed registry include *all* types of animal abuse (neglect, hoarding, fighting, beating, mutilation, etc.)

Preventing people who abuse animals from having access to potential victims sounds *great* on paper, but after already witnessing the absolute sh*tshow that is the current “sexual offender” registry over so many years, I seriously doubt yet another bloated “rogues gallery” will do much (if anything) to curb future animal abuse (or, to be more specific, non-human animal abuse, because humans are also part of the animal kingdom, as much as anyone would like to deny that fact.)

Such a registry possibly could, however, quickly become a tool used by the corrupt and greedy to garner more power and influence under the slogan “if it saves just one puppy…”

Last edited 29 days ago by nameless

Let’s see the registry for sex offenses doesn’t work, so I bet this animal registry will be a dismal failure also.

Here we go again. Lets create another registry to prevent future crimes. When are these dip sh*ts going to learn that registries don’t prevent crime? Tell me exactly how having your name on a list is going to stop you from doing something stupid? Do you think people on the terrorist watch lists are going to stop killing people?
I swear to God our government is full of brain dead idiots.

I can see a future where there be a registration for everything.. it is the nature of government to create solutions to make itself more money and generate more problems…

What about a “missed a Sunday at church” registry? Lets shame those that have fallen astray from the flock. lol.

Everyone here should be happy this is going on. The more registries there are, the more people will be impacted by them. The more restrictions on people the more anger will be stirred up. There WILL come a tipping point where people will have had enough of the damn registries altogether and want them done away with, – OR the SCOTUS will look at how much of a mess they’ve all become and shut them down completely. So, I say bring on more registries, DUI registries, how about abuse or neglect of a child or spousal registries? How about domestic abuse registries? I’m sure the #MeToo movement would just love that, what about registries for white collar crime? If anyone ever harmed anyone in anyway, register them somewhere and shame them to oblivion. Hey, how about an antisemitic registry? Where do we want to stop? Reckless driving registry? We could make registrants on that list pay for a blinking orange light to be placed on top of their vehicles, that might protect little Johnny on his bike, somewhere.

Last edited 28 days ago by H n H

How about we create a registry of potential crimes that, at birth, the child is placed on that registry as a potential future criminal? Sadly, I can see some politician proposing it someday.

Let’s forget the animal abuser registry and just make the crime have more of a deterrent , let’s say 10 years mandatory in prison sounds good to me