Wouldn’t you want to know if a violent or repeat animal abuser were living next door to you and your family? Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.
Convicted animal abusers pose a real, ongoing
threat to your pets, your family, and your community. The Animal Legal
Defense Fund’s proposed abuser registry legislation would require
mandatory registration and community notification for convicted animal
abusers. These laws would make a dramatic difference in keeping
offenders away from potential new victims by allowing animal shelters
and humane societies to more thoroughly screen potential adopters—and by
alerting the public to their whereabouts.
In 2004, the then 29-year-old Robert Rydzewski shot his neighbor’s dog
Mollie in the face twice, claiming she was going after him and his
rabbits. The upstate New Yorker was charged with torturing and injuring
an animal. Two months later, he killed another neighbor’s Welsh Corgi,
named Sis, with an ax, resulting in yet another charge of torturing and
killing a domestic animal.
Rydzewski pled guilty, and the judge
sentenced him to 90 days in jail and one year of probation, and also
granted both dog owners permanent orders of protection. His plea
bargain included the dismissal of other charges including reckless
endangerment for allegedly pointing a rifle toward someone during the
shooting incident. He has since been arrested for assaulting people and
resisting arrest, and his whereabouts are unknown.
Click HERE to sign a petition supporting an animal abuse registry in your area. Source: exposeanimalabusers.org.
Often times, animal abuse is just the tip of the iceberg. People who care about their friends, family and communities have the right to know if there are people with a propensity towards violence among them.
Expose animal abusers ~ Demand an animal abuse registry in your state NOW!
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