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November 12, 2015

Tennessee soon to become first state with animal abuser registry

As reported in this local article, headlined "TBI will soon post animal abuse offenders," the Volunteer State is soon to have animal abuse offenders subject to required on-line registration. Here are the details:

Come January 1, Tennessee will post online a list of animals abusers near you. It will be similar to a sex offender registry, and Tennessee will be the first to have a statewide site.

"Her hind legs were put into a pot of water. Boiling water," said Cindy Marx-Sanders as she held Molly the chihuahua. Molly was rescued from an abusive home. "She is exactly why we need an animal abuser registry," Marx-Sanders said.

Marx-Sanders was one of the lobbyists who helped make an animal abuser registry a reality. By January, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will have the statewide website up and running. It will be a registry open to the public with pictures of people convicted of felony animal cruelty.

A person convicted of hurting an animal would have their picture up for two years, but if convicted again, their picture would be up for five years.

State Rep. Darren Jernigan of Nashville was a sponsor. "We want to put it in one spot so someone in Memphis can't drive to Knoxville and get an animal if they're going to abuse it. It's going to be statewide," he said.

Angela Klein, with the Bartlett Animal Shelter, has seen her fair share of animal abuse. "Sometimes it can be pretty heart-breaking," she said Monday. She's glad to now have another resource to help combat abuse. "We can go online now and check to see if people are on that registry, and it will give us one more tool to help place animals into better homes," Klein said....

Marx-Sanders said it's a great start, but there's more that needs to be done. "It does need to be expanded to include state-level misdemeanors, which are just a little bit lower on the cruelty scale than the felony level, but is still neglect and cruelty."

November 12, 2015 at 09:47 AM | Permalink


Bit of a typo in the heading. "Aminal."

Posted by: Andrew Fleischman | Nov 12, 2015 10:29:23 AM

"An aminal or aminoacetal is a functional group or type of chemical compound that has two amine groups attached to the same carbon atom: -C(NR2)(NR2)-. (As is customary in organic chemistry, R can represent hydrogen or an alkyl group.)"

Why would you need a registry for that? Oh. Animal. Never Mind.

I'm all for protecting animals but no thanks. Does the state have a felony registry?

Posted by: Joe | Nov 12, 2015 10:32:29 AM

Aminal, hey, it's TN, what do you expect.

Posted by: kat | Nov 12, 2015 2:44:04 PM

I have proposed a registry for people proposing registries. If your name is on it, you should get a proper ass kicking from everyone who loves his country.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 12, 2015 9:04:52 PM

It is poor form to point out typos in an open forum. You may do so privately.

If you do it in public, you look stupid, petty, and rude.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 12, 2015 11:28:32 PM

I appreciate folks helping me find typos in any fora, and I especially like that I can always do a belated fix in this setting (which I have now done). Thanks to you all, and please ignore the amusing suggest by SC that others are being rude in this space.

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 13, 2015 10:39:08 AM

SC asking us to be polite is precious though.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 13, 2015 1:36:36 PM

For review.


Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 13, 2015 11:35:43 PM

Well, that helps me, since I am a typo machine.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 14, 2015 11:06:15 AM

Most of my typos are caused by the auto-correct function on my tablet.

I am a consultant, not a leader, so I take no responsibility for my mistakes, whatsoever.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 14, 2015 9:19:41 PM

Joe. You may not have been here for this oft repeated declaration. I am not rude to the lawyer. I love the lawyer.

There is no greater love than the love great enough to correct.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 15, 2015 2:27:14 PM

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