The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez recently proposed legislation that would require California law enforcement to begin formally registering people convicted of animal cruelty or abuse.
Anyone convicted of a felony involving animal cruelty would be required to provide detailed personal information and a photograph to be posted online, according to The Monterey County Herald .
The funding for the proposed program is to come from a 2-3 cent tax on petfood, according to KFSN-TV .
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.