On Monday, a Bipartisan Group of State Lawmakers filed legislation designed to protect animals from individuals that have been previously convicted of animal abuse.
State Representatives Jared Moskowitz (D-Coral Springs), David Richardson (D-Miami Beach), and Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) filed HB 871 which prevents animals from being sold to or adopted by individuals with a criminal history of animal abuse and creates publicly accessible animal abuse registry listing those convicted of felony crimes relating to animal cruelty.
“Today, Representative Moskowitz, Representative Richardson, and I are pleased to file HB 871 in an effort to reduce the sales of pets to individuals who have been convicted of animal abuse,” said Representative Blaise Ingoglia. “The creation of an animal abuse registry will work similar to the sexual offender registry in that it will empower pet dealers and adoption agencies in knowing their customer.”
Under the bill Pet dealers, animal shelters, and humane organizations may not sell or allow animals to be adopted until they have verified that the person acquiring the animal is not on the animal abuse offender list.
The legislation also demonstrates bipartisanship in the State House in the interest of protecting animals in an environment where abuse isn’t often detected until it’s too late.
“People who have been convicted of animal abuse shouldn’t be sold more animals,” stated Representative Jared Moskowitz. “Making this data available as a resource to pet dealers is a commonsense and transparent solution that ensures the safety of Florida’s animals.”