SF Considers Tracking Animal Abusers

It would be similar to a Megan's Law system.

By Erika Okano
|  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:26 AM PDT
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SF Considers Tracking Animal Abusers

Lake County Animal Control

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San Francisco is talking about forming what you might call a Megan's Law database for animal abusers according to the San Francisco Examiner's Under the Dome.

The Animal Care and Control Commission will meet Thursday to talk about creating a database of people who have been convicted of abusing or neglecting animals. The list would be used by city shelters and animal rescue groups to ensure people with a record cannot adopt a pet.

Thursday's commission meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Room 408. The commission will discuss whether to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve the plan.

San Francisco is not the only place to consider such a database. A similar bill has passed in the Texas state senate and is now being discussed in the house. It would place anyone convicted of felony animal cruelty into a database for 10 years. A similar database for sex offenders in Texas costs the state about $1.4 million a year.

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