Anyone in Nevada convicted of hurting an animal should be prevented from ever again owning a pet. That's the central idea of State Sen. Mark Manendo's possible future legislation.
Manendo said he is lobbying his fellow lawmakers to support legislation that would create an "animal cruelty registry." It would be similar to a sex offender registry that lists names of people convicted of sex crimes, he explained.
"Folks can easily look on this website that would be created, and see that his name is on there and then hopefully they wouldn't let that person adopt that pet," Manendo said.
The animal-cruelty registry would be funded privately and possibly operated by the Humane Society and other animal advocacy groups, he added, saying there seems to be strong support for the idea among state politicians and the public.
History shows that people who hurt animals can graduate their violence toward humans, he noted.
"The Jeffrey Dahmers of the world, they started out experimenting this type of torture, abuse and killing on animals," Manendo said.
Manendo's possible legislation will not be considered until Nevada's next legislative session in 2015. Audiofile.