Animal lovers across the country, rejoice. A new law is growing in popularity that puts abusers of our furry friends on blast.
A number of cities across the States are currently implementing registries which will publicly reveal the names of known animal abusers.
In January of 2016, Tennessee became the first to have an animal offenders registry throughout the entire state. Other cities such as New York, Cook County, Illinois and Hillsborough County, Florida have introduced programs at a local level as well.
In 2010, Suffolk County, New York, became the first in the country to develop an animal offenders registry which could have longstanding effects that help not only animals stay safe, but people as well. Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill's sponsor, told CBS News:
"We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people."
Within the registry, abusers are responsible for supplying their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date and expiration date.
Depending on local laws, first time animal abusers will be registered for anywhere from two to five years with additional punishments for subsequent offenses and jail time if they decide not to comply.
Here's another reason to be kind to our furry companions or just enjoy the blistering wrath of a good ol' public reprimanding.