Local rescue groups rally behind bill that would keep animal abusers from adopting
Wilson and Violet were found with their mouths shut tight with rubber bands. Orion the cat was drug by a car, and the dog in the video, used to fight, shot and then dumped on the side of the road.
"It's very sad to think that anyone would do that anyone who lives here would do that,” said Wichita Resident Jodi Rosenberry.
These are just a few stories inspiring a bill that would keep convicted animal abusers from adopting again by creating an offender registry through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Rescue groups like the Wichita Animal Action League say it's a step in the right direction.
"It's encouraging to see this state being proactive about this and taking measures to correct a broken system,” said Sarah Coffman, Founder and Executive Director of WAAL.
WAAL Volunteer Susan Gamble added, “I'm very encouraged that lawmakers are starting to see the need for legislation to support our friends that don't speak."
In the bill, first-time offenders would stay on the list for two years, second-time offenders five.
It would also allow pet stores and breeders to check the list before selling an animal.
"Anything that we can do to protect them,” Gamble stated. “I'm 100 percent in favor of that."
WAAL says rescue groups in the area already keep a list of offenders and share it among each other, but say this bill will create a state-wide list, helping spread the word faster and keep offenders from slipping through the cracks.
"I think it also will hopefully give abusers and neglecters a little pause to know that it's no longer acceptable and that there are consequences for not falling in line with the standard of care we've set for the animals in our state,” said Coffman.
Read the bill below.