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Could animal abuse registries predict violent crimes against people? Some say yes.

Illinois has bills in both the House and Senate to have an animal abuser registry, a move that some nationwide say may be a way to raise awareness of people who may go on to commit violent crimes against people.

"Animal abuse is a bridge crime," said Sen. Jim Tedisco, sponsor of a bill in the New York Senate. He went on to tell the Associated Press that Nickolas Cruz, accused in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, is said to have hurt animals.

Infamous criminals such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Columbine High School shooters, had a history of hurting animals before targeting humans, according to the Associated Press.

Both Illinois bills are adjourned for an indefinite time, according to the Illinois General Assembly's website. Both versions would require those who meet certain offenses to register with the Department of Agriculture and pay an annual fee to the registry.

States also considering registries are Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington. Some counties, including Cook County in Illinois, have a registry that requires pet shops, shelters and rescues to check before selling to anyone, according to The Daily Line.

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