Several counties across Florida have either established, or are in the process of establishing, animal abuse registries. These registries operate similar to those for sex offenders and would allow shelters and breeders to quickly, if not instantly, determine whether an individual should be allowed to adopt. Hillsborough County has a fully established registry in place. Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties seek to follow suit. These registries will not only protect animals from potential abuse, but may also streamline the adoption process, says Laura Braun from the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers. Others hope that this registry becomes a national program so that, as with sex offenders, abusers must register whenever they move.
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