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      Detroit legislator introduces animal abuser registry bill

      Similar to the sex offender registry in Michigan, animal abusers may soon have to publicy recognize their locations as well.

      Detroit congressman Harvey Santana has introduced a bill to create an animal abuser registry in Michigan.

      Under the proposal, those convicted of animal abuse would have to register, pay a $50 fee and notify police of address changes.

      According to the Michigan ACLU, they are opposed to the registry because it is ineffective, costly and a hindrance to rehabilitation.

      The Michigan State Police has not yet decided their position on the registry.

      No state has approved such a registry yet, however Suffolk County, N.Y., has had one for the past two years and five other states has pending legislation on the matter.

      Related Links:

      Detroit Free Press - Legislator from Detroit introduces bill to create an animal abuser registry

      Huffington Post - Suffolk County, NY Creating Nation's First Public Database Tracking Animal Cruelty Offenders