Cook County is a step closer to requiring registration of convicted animal abusers and banning them from owning pets for at least 15 years after a legislative panel on Tuesday approved those steps.
The Cook County Board Law Enforcement Committee approved the plan despite objections from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, which contends it’s not fair to ask pet store employees to turn away registered offenders.
“While no one wants people who’ve been convicted of abusing animals to cause harm to other animals, we also don’t want our store associates to be placed in a position where they confront a potential convicted abuser,” said Tanya Triche, an attorney for the retail association. “The data is clear that people who abuse animals have violent tendencies toward people as well.
“Business owners should be protected from overregulation, and we ask that you keep their employees in mind who would have to deal with the consequences of an angry convicted animal abuser,” Triche added.