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.