Criminal justice experts know the line between animal abuse and violence against people is a thin - and oft-crossed - one.
A 1997 Northeaster University study found that 70 percent of violent criminals committed more than one violent crime and 40 percent of them had abused animals.
Now a California lawmaker thinks that's reason enough to create a Megan's Law for pets. Under the bill, the state would establish mandatory registration system and community notification for those convicted of felony animal abuse. It would be supported by a 3-cent levy on pet food.
According to the Merced Sun-Star, Washington State is considering a similar bill. As far as Philly Dawg knows, there is no such bill before the Pennsylvania General Assembly.