Hamilton County man becomes first listed on Animal Abuse Registry

Michael Henley (source: TBI)

SODDY DAISY (WATE) – A Hamilton County man has become the first person to be listed on Tennessee’s Animal Abuse Registry.

Michael Henley, 33, was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals on January 14. The Chattanoogan reports Henley was charged in October with beating his dog to death with a shoe.

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Henley said his dog ignored a command and when he reached down to put the dog inside, it bit him on the right hand. He said he didn’t want to feed and care for a dog that did not obey and didn’t know a better way to put the dog down.

Henley’s listing will expire from the registry in 2018.

The Animal Abuse Registry launched at the beginning of the year. It was created after Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act into law on May 8, 2015. State Senator Richard Briggs of Knoxville co-sponsored the bill.

The list will include people convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, animal fighting or a criminal offense against an animal. Offenders will spend two years on the registry for first time offenses and five years on the registry for second offenses.

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