74
      Saturday
      82 / 67
      Sunday
      85 / 70
      Monday
      79 / 60

      Do you think animal abusers should register with police?

      People convicted of animal abuse would be required to register with local law enforcement under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House.

      People convicted of animal abuse would be required to register with local law enforcement and prohibited from adopting animals under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House.

      Republican Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit introduced legislation last week that would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph and social security number to local law enforcement.

      House Bills 4534 and 4535 would require people to remain on the registry for five years and would be required to pay an annual fee of $250.

      An accompanying bill would prohibit animal control shelters from allowing people listed on the registry to adopt animals.

      The proposed bill says these offenders would submit their address, photograph, and social security number to the local sheriff's department. In a recent UpNorthLive online poll, we asked if people found guilty of abusing animals should face tougher penalties. Out of the 926 responses, 85-percent of people voting said "Yes, sentencing needs to be tougher." 15-percent of people voting said "No, current penalties are strict enough."

      UpNorthLive asked Facebook fans if they think animal abusers have to register with local law enforcement. Here's what a few people had to say: wrote: " Considering how many animal abusers get no punishment or very little, I doubt the list will be very long. We need to work on prosecuting & convicting the abusers first." left this comment: "Y es! Today's animal abuser....tomorrow's killer." : wrote: "I agree with more punishment for the abusers, but what is next, federal background check when you go to Petsmart and buy a goldfish? Come on, people just need to be held accountable!!"Do you think convicted animal abusers should have to register with local law enforcement? Vote in the poll below and leave your comments. You can also get in on the debate by going to UpNorthLive's Facebook fan page .