INDIANAPOLIS – Last week, State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) filed a bill to create a statewide animal abuse registry. Senate Bill 432 would establish an electronic animal abuse registry containing information about persons convicted of animal-related offenses. Sen. Ford had the following remarks regarding his bill:

“Creating a comprehensive animal abuse registry is something I believe all Hoosiers could get behind. Such a registry would help animal shelters and breeders keep animals out of the hands of convicted abusers, which continues to be a priority for animal advocates across the country. My bill is another step in our efforts to protect our animal populations.

“Not only do we need to take animal cruelty seriously, but keeping an animal abuse registry would also help illuminate the link between animal abuse and violence towards humans. Intentional animal cruelty can be a sign of psychological distress and many times will identify individuals who are predisposed to committing acts of domestic violence.”

The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting a hearing.