HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL - A Florida county has adopted an Abuse Registry Ordinance that goes into effect today.
It requires offenders to sign up for a registry and denies them the right to adopt.
The county passed the measure in a 6-1 vote last September.
Individuals on the registry won't be able to adopt or work with animals, and retailers and shelters will be required to check the registry when someone wants to adopt.
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