- Jun 2014
- Cleveland, Ohio
Cuyahoga County animal abuse registry goes live in Cleveland - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OHCuyahoga county says its animal abuser registry has gone live. It's an online public service tool that lists individuals convicted of felony animal abuse within the county that includes Cleveland and prohibits them from buying, adopting or harboring a companion animal inside county limits.
The searchable registry is designed to help organizations and individuals offering pets for adoption find them safe and caring homes. It's on the county sheriff's website. Users could include animal shelters, humane societies, dog kennels, animal rescue agencies and pet stores.
The effort comes amid growing attention to animal cruelty.
The FBI singled out animal cruelty offenses in national crime statistics for the first time last year in an effort to begin to quantify the problem. Ohio made bestiality a crime effective in April.
There is only one person now listed on the registry, which obviously limits its value. But it appears not to be searchable as a map, the way a sex offender registry would be. I'm not sure if it is a crime not to register a new address, for an animal abuser. And why is it limited to the county, when it tracks state crimes?
It's a good idea that needs more to serve any legitimate function. Nonetheless, a lot of misery could be avoided in this country if we dealt appropriately with serious animal abuse.