A bill was introduced in Maryland in memory of Heidi, a seven‐month‐old puppy who was shot four times while playing on her farm in Frederick County. “Heidi’s Law” was introduced by Sen. Ron Young as SB 301 so the public could keep track of anyone abusing or neglecting an animal in Maryland. Their picture and address would be posted on the registry for 10 years. Three counties in New York State have such registries, but no statewide registries have been enacted to date.
Colorado lawmakers voted down House Bill 1087 that would have created a statewide registry of animal cruelty offenders similar to “Megan’s Law” registries for sex offenders. The bill failed to make it out of committee after some legislators feared the stigma of being on such a registry might unfairly label abusers and stereotype them as being possible serial killers and rapists. The bill would have excluded livestock owners.