An initiative that started in Suffolk County, New York has now moved to several other states.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty of Animals was the first in the country to actually set up such a registry, similar to what sex offenders have to do.
Convicted animal abusers must provide a photo and their current address for ten years and pay a $50 per year fee.
Other states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland and New York) are catching on to the idea.
People's pets can be like children to them, and it's nice to know if there's a sex offender living in your neighborhood when you have kids, so wouldn't it be equally good to know if there's a heartless animal abuser living near you and your pets?
A Senator from Maryland said: