CT lawmaker introduces bill for animal abuse registry - WFSB 3 Connecticut

CT lawmaker introduces bill for animal abuse registry

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A state lawmaker introduced a proposal for an animal abuse registry that would apply to anyone convicted of hurting an animal.

State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57th) said the registry would feature the person's name and what they were charged with.

"Animal abuse is widespread not only across the country, but here in Connecticut," Davis said. "It was demonstrated recently with the case of Puppy Doe in Massachusetts."

A pit bull mix puppy known as Puppy Doe was found starving to death on a playground in Quincy, MA, in October.

Puppy Doe was burned, stabbed, starved to the point where she weighed half of what she should have and beaten to the point where she could barely walk.

The animal was abused so badly that the dog had to be euthanized.

Radoslaw Czerkaswski, 32, was arrested in New Britain on Oct. 23 and was extradited to Massachusetts where he was charged with 11 animal cruelty charges.

Davis said a registry would warn anyone looking to buy or sell an animal and pet owners.

"It's important for everyone, who has a pet, to recognize that individuals are out there that could harm them," Davis said. "It would make it much easier, if there was a centralized list that every rescue could access."

The registry would also help pet adoption at the animal shelter in Bloomfield, and the idea is getting support. 

Davis said feedback has been supportive. He added most people consider their animals family, so its just another way to protect family.

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