Tennessee has approved legislation creating a statewide registry aimed at preventing those convicted of animal abuse to be able to re-offend.
The registry will list hose convicted of aggravated animal assault, felony animal fighting, and bestiality offenses. It will list the offender's full name and photo for two years; if they are convicted again, they will remain on the website for five years.
Tennessee is the first to implement a statewide animal abuse registry. Other local governments have implemented similar registries, including three counties in New York.
The registry will be available beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
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