Jones On Board With Animal Registry
Rep. Harvey SANTANA (D-Detroit) has picked up some key support for his proposed animal abuser registry patterned after the state's sex offender registry.
Count the Senate Judiciary Chair Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge) as a yes vote.
"The sick, perverted people that torture dogs and cats should be on a list," the former Eaton County Sheriff told MIRS.
Both he and Santana point to the list of mass murderers who began their criminal ways by mutilating animals and moving on to humans.
Jones recalls the local case of Donald MILLER, who not only killed his fiancé in a famous case in Lansing during the late 1970s but also went on to murder three more victims and was caught trying to kill a fifth victim when he was arrested by authorities.
"I worked on that case, and reportedly he abused animals" before he became a mass killer," Jones said.
Santana uses the Jeffrey DAHMER case as his example of how animal abuse can be a launching pad for murderers. Dahmer killed, and in some cases consumed, the human remains of 17 men and boys he lured to his home. It was shown that prior to that crime spree he dismembered small animals in the woods behind his house as a young man.
Santana, appearing on Off the Record, draws a line from animal abuse to spousal abuse as well.
"There's a study out there that says a woman is subject to sexual abuse if she marries a man who was guilty of animal abuse," Santana said.
Santana said he's been told by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee that the proposal has merit, but Rep. John WALSH (R-Livonia) said he has other issues at the head of the line before he can tackle this.