December 29, 2015

Tennessee’s Animal Abuse Registry

Tennessee is the first state in the nation to establish a statewide animal abuse registry. Beginning January 1, 2016, Tennessee will launch its registry as required by a state law enacted this past spring (Senate Bill 1204, effective May 8, 2015). The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will maintain the publicly accessible registry, which will include convicted animal abusers’ names and photographs. Under the law, registrants will have been convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, felony animal fighting, or certain sex crimes involving animals. A registrant remains on the registry for two years following the date of a first conviction and five years following a subsequent conviction. For more information about the new law and registry, see TBI’s website. Also, click here to read an OLR report on the new law.