Heidi, a seven-month-old golden retriever was found shot and killed in Middletown, Md.
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Updated: Monday, 30 Jan 2012, 11:16 PM EST
Published : Monday, 30 Jan 2012, 11:16 PM EST
By LAURA EVANS/myfoxdc
WASHINGTON - A golden retriever puppy was shot and killed earlier this month in Frederick County. Now a bill named after the dog is aimed at preventing animal abuse.
Maryland State Senator Ron Young introduced this bill last summer before the puppy was killed.
Heidi, a seven-month-old golden retriever was shot three times in the head and killed. It happened on January 4. The culprit still hasn't been caught.
The bill, now named "Heidi's Law", would establish a state registry of people convicted of animal abuse or neglect, providing a way for the public to keep track of them.
But there is potentially a bigger purpose. There is documented evidence that people who commit abuse against people have a history of abusing animals.
Heidi's owner Lynette Kaufmann says she hopes this type of legislation might stop someone from doing to another animal what Heidi's killer did to her.
“If it prevents or discourages [animals from being killed] … and you can find out what they’ve done, then I kind of feel like Heidi is living on,” said Kaufmann.
If this bill becomes law, humane societies and pet stores could check the registry and not sell a pet to a convicted abuser.
Maryland would also be the first state in the country to establish an animal abuse registry.
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