Mississippi Bill Would Establish Public Animal Abuser Registry

Mississippi Senate Bill 2328, the “Mississippi Companion Animal Abuser Registry Act,” would require the Mississippi Criminal Information Center (MCIC) to post a publicly-available list and photos of certain animal abuse offenders who are convicted on or after January 1, 2023. Offender names would be maintained on the registry for a decade following conviction or until the offense is expunged from the offender’s criminal record. Offenders who are convicted of a second offense would remain on the registry permanently. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and would take effect January 1, 2023.