The New Animal Abuse Registry in Orange County
Breaking news: Orange County is handling animal abuse with a registry not unlike sex offenders:
Under the law, anyone convicted of animal abuse in Orange County must register with the Sheriff’s Office within five days of being convicted or released from incarceration, or be subject to a misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
The registry will include names and photos of abusers, who will stay on the registry for 15 years, but will be reinstated for life if convicted a second time of abusing an animal. Abusers cannot own an animal while on the registry. Anyone selling or giving an animal to an individual on the registry will face a maximum fine of $5,000.
Rocky’s Law will aggressively weed out animal abusers by raising public awareness, providing clear-cut consequences for mistreatment and abuse, and will make breeders and those seeking to give away their pets accountable for where their animals end up. This is a certainly a big win for animal lovers in Orange County.
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Original article & image source: http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150609619