Marion County Board of County Commissioners has established an animal abuser registry, otherwise known as Molly’s Law. Molly’s Law requires any offender convicted of an animal abuse crime as defined in Marion County Code, Chapter 4, Section 4-15 to be placed on the animal abuser registry. This database will allow citizens, pet sellers, and rescues to verify that they are not placing and animal with an animal abuser.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a “Proclamation”

The dog “Molly” of Molly’s Law, Ambassador to the Marion County Animal Abuser Registry, is going to have a Proclamation made on her behalf in the Marion County Commissioners Meeting, next Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9 a.m.. As a result, the month of January 2019 will be designated as “Marion County Animal Abuser Registry Awareness Month” in Marion County, Florida. The purpose of this proclamation is to establish awareness of the law and to educate the public about the details and penalties if the law is violated. There are other cities and counties that have in place or are considering a similar law. (Example: Hillsborough County has a registry in place and Volusia County is considering a law called “Ponce’s Law” that also includes an animal abuse registry.)

The Marion County Board of Commissioners will make this proclamation in the McPherson Governmental Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, Florida on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call Lilly Baron, President, SPCA of Ocala at 352-843-5897. Or get more information on Molly’s Law at www.marioncountyfl.org/aar

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