Big Changes in Tennessee Animal Law
Animal Law Changes
January 1, 2016, was a big day in Tennessee. It was the first day that the animal abuse registry went into effect. Now in Tennessee, if an individual is convicted of animal abuse, his or her name will be added to the animal abuse registry. Local shelters and rescues will be able to check the registry before adopting out a pet. Although past violators will not be added, any convictions after January 1, 2016 should appear. Seeing the correlation between animal abuse and child abuse, legislators took a big step in preventing both.