The District Attorney’s office prosecutes dozens of animal crime cases each year and now the state has a Public Animal Abuse Registry.
Tammy Meade, Assistant District Attorney in Davidson County stopped by News 2 at 11 a.m. She says the Animal Abuse Registry is making a difference, because when someone knows they’re going to be on a public database for at least 2 years that makes them think.
Some of the cruelty cases involve people who become hoarders. They love animals but the animals are suffering. They are left outside without appropriate food, water, and shelter, for example.
When cases come through the system we look at harm to the animal, and we ask if the person has a mental health issue
Dog fighting is a different kind of crime, especially when animals are dying.