Florida Senator Mike Fasano is trying to get support for SB 618, Dexter's Law. Dexter is a kitten who was beaten to death and survived the beating.
From the Hernando Today:
Last summer, Dexter the kitten became a celebrity after initially surviving the vicious beating.
According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, 24-year-old Wilana Joenel Frazier was charged with animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after witnesses told deputies they saw her repeatedly strike two kittens with an aluminum bat at a Brooksville park while making comments about shooting people and killing.
Frazier, along with two small children, also kicked the kittens repeatedly. One boy threw one of the kittens against a tree and attempted to cut the other kitten's neck with a stick, the report showed.
Once a black kitten appeared to have died, the body was thrown in a trash receptacle while one of the children poured water over it.
Other children at the park were able to grab the remaining kitten and it later was taken in by Hernando County Animal Services before being given to PetLuv, where it was named Dexter. More than 3,000 Facebook fans cheered for the little guy's recovery.
Two months later, the kitten's condition worsened and he had to be euthanized.
If this bill passes, it will make it more difficult for previous animal abusers to own pets by having them register to a state animal abuser registry. If the person does not register or keep their registration updated, it can result in further misdemeanor charges.