NC LAWMAKERS TO VOTE ON A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY


AN ACT CREATING THE NORTH CAROLINA ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY AND RELATING TO FORFEITING OWNERSHIP OF AN ANIMAL TREATED CRUELLY, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON CONVICTED OF A REPEAT VIOLATION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS FROM OWNING AN ANIMAL FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED FIVE YEARS


Beginning January 1, 2022, the Department shall post a publicly accessible list on its internet website of any person convicted of an animal abuse offense on and after that date. The list shall include a photograph taken of the convicted animal abuser as part of the booking process, the animal abuser's full legal name, and other identifying data as the Department determines is necessary to properly identify the animal abuser and to exclude innocent persons. The list shall not include the abuser's social security number, drivers license number, or any other State or federal identification number.


(b) The clerks of court shall forward a copy of the judgment and date of birth of all persons convicted of an animal abuse offense to the Department within 60 calendar days of the date of judgment.


(c)Upon a person's first conviction for an animal abuse offense, the Department shall maintain the person's name and other identifying information, described in subsection

(a) of this section, for two years following the date of conviction, after which time the Department shall remove the person's name and identifying information from the list; provided, that the person is not convicted of another animal abuse offense during that two-year period.


(d)Upon a person's subsequent conviction for an animal abuse offense, the Department shall maintain the person's name and other identifying information, described in subsection (a) of this section, for five years following the date of the most recent conviction, after which time the Department shall remove the person's name and identifying information from the list; provided, that the person is not convicted of another animal abuse offense during that five-year period.


(e) The Department shall remove a person's name and identifying information from the registry list if the sole offense for which the person is required to be subject to the mandates of the registry is expunged


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ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY
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