NEVADA (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Senator Mark Manendo announced he will author legislation for the 2015 legislative session that would require people found guilty of animal abuse to be on an animal abuse registry for public viewing.
The recent Las Vegas incident involving a 22 year old man who stabbed his parent’s pet dog in the throat convinced Senator Manendo to move forward with a registry similar to the registry maintained for sex offenders. Individuals who end up on the registy, by law would not be allowed to own a pet again.
Senator Manendo says the registry will help prevent repeat animal abuse offenders. A similar bill was introduced during the 2011 legislative session, but failed. Manendo believes it failed because it would have required the Sheriff’s Department to maintain the
registry. Manendo’s bill would require non-profit groups such as the Nevada Humane Society to maintain the registry, something Manendo thinks will help get the bill passed.
The registry would provide current information about animal abusers and provide easy accessibility to the public. For example, those involved in the sale or adoption of animals could refer to the registry before allowing an individual to take ownership of an animal.