West Virginia Bill Would Require Law Enforcement to Notify Residents of the Presence of Registered Animal Abusers

West Virginia House Bill 4681 would establish a state animal abuser registry, requiring all individuals who are in West Virginia for at least ten days to register as an animal abuser if they have a felony cruelty conviction in any state. The bill would require the registry be publicly available and require local law enforcement to proactively notify residents, schools, animal shelters, and businesses about the presence of registered animal abusers in their neighborhood. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.