Virginia crime panel to discuss registries for animal, domestic abusers

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia State Crime Commission will hear reports on the feasibility of notifying people if animal abusers or domestic abusers move into their neighborhood.

The issue is one of several on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in Richmond. The commission will hear from a staff policy analyst who has studied legislation that was tabled last winter to create animal abuse and domestic abuse registries.

The legislation would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty or domestic abuse to register on a state database, and the local sheriff would have 10 days to notify everyone living within a half-mile of the abuser.

Among other issues on the commission’s agenda is a report on the prevalence of synthetic marijuana in Virginia.

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