FAQs About the Registry

How do I set up my in-person Animal Abuser Registry appointment?

Following your release from incarceration or, if not incarcerated, from the date of the judgment of conviction, you will have 10 business days to set up your in-person appointment. You can set up your in-person appointment by calling (813) 272-5670 or by emailing RegistryManager@HCFLGov.net.

What do I need to bring to my in-person Animal Abuser Registry appointment?

  • A Driver’s License or State-issued Photo ID
  • Copy of Judgment(s), expungement, or appeal orders

If I’ve already been sentenced to 10 years on the Animal Abuser Registry in accordance with the Ordinance, will my conviction be extended an additional ten years for additional charges, or will I be penalized for 10 years max?

The expiration date of the subsequent conviction(s) will be calculated from the disposition date of the most recent conviction date, and will not exceed 10 years on any given conviction.

How can I report a violation to the Animal Abuser Registry?

Call Hillsborough County Code Enforcement at (813) 274-6600.

How can I report an Animal Emergency or Cruelty?

To report urgent animal emergencies or a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement agency.

Report Animal Abuse or call Hillsborough County Pet Resources at (813) 744-5660.

What's the difference between the Animal Abuser Registry and the Enjoined List?

The Animal Abuser Registry is a BOCC adopted, online database containing specific identifying information of certain individuals living in the County who have been convicted of one or more of the applicable animal abuse criminal offenses on or after November 1, 2016, as ascertained by the County Clerk's Office. Per the ordinance, these individuals shall remain listed on the registry for particular time periods depending on their offense classification and/or the amount of times the person has been convicted of the offense. Additionally, while on the registry, registrants are not allowed to own, possess, or live in the same home or on the same property as certain animals or work with a companion animal. A person found in violation of self-registering or of the prohibition on contact with certain animals provision of the ordinance will be penalized pursuant to the enforcement options available under the ordinance.

The Enjoined List is a list of individuals (and specific case information) currently compiled and maintained by the Pet Resource Center for internal tracking and enforcement purposes. Persons appearing on the list have been prosecuted civilly and ordered by a Judge to, among other things, refrain from contact, ownership, or possession of an animal(s) subject of the case or such other animals and for a certain period of time, as deemed appropriate by the Court. A person found in violation of the enjoinment order will be subject to the Court's penalties.