CT committee votes in favor of tougher laws for animal abusers

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Connecticut is a step closer to putting laws in place that would further crack down on animal abusers.

Connecticut's Judiciary Committee voted in favor of creating a police registry for animal abusers and making it more difficult for abuse defendants to ask for accelerated rehabilitation.

If an abuser is given accelerated rehabilitation, they can have their record wiped clean if they stay out of trouble after two years.

The vote comes after a Wilton man walked away with accelerated rehabilitation after he shot two bears with a bow and arrow and skinned them. 

Animal rights groups say that if an abuser's record is wiped clean, they are able to adopt another animal or pass background checks to work with kids or senior citizens.

Connecticut's full General Assembly will now have to approve both bills.

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