In Arkansas, the law does not protect animals from getting adopted from recurring animal abusers. That is why an animal registry should be created protecting animals from getting adopted from people that have had recent animal cruelty charges. In the Arkansas statue A.C.A 5-62-103 states that a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals is he/she knowingly:
- Subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment;
- Kills or injures any animal owned by another person without legal privilege or consent of the owner;
- Abandons an animal at a location without providing for the animal’s continued care;
- Fails to supply an animal in his/her custody with a sufficient quantity of wholesome food and water;
- Fails to provide an animal in his/her custody with adequate shelter that is consistent with the breed, species, and type of animal; or
- Carries or causes to be carried in or upon any motorized vehicle or boat an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner
Having this state-wide registry would allow pet stores, animal shelter, and even breeders to look on the Arkansas website of the current people who have had charges with animal cruelty. This registry would be added right next to the sex offender registry and child abuse registry and the people on it would not be there permanently but they will be there for some time as long as they do not commit another offense. The animal cruelty registry has been implemented on several states throughout the nation and we should be next!