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Treat animal abuse like human abuse 

Regarding the story on Misty Marie Lambert ("Woman accused of neglecting horses previously charged for endangering dog," July 27), her story is a perfect example of why we need an animal abuse registry. It should be set up like a sex offender registry so they could be subject to checks ensuring they are not keeping any animals. They should be banned from owning any animals without periodic inspections. If a registry was online, animal shelters could do a check before adopting out pets.

People selling on Craigslist and from private parties would be able to check on potential buyers as well.

There is just no excuse for neglecting or harming an animal. If you cannot care for a pet simply call animal control to come and get them, or drop them off in their drop box.

Heidi McElroy

Los Osos

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