Wil­lie Gray “Bay” Tate

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

Mrs. Wil­lie Gray “Bay” Tate, 65, of Starkville, MS died Fe­bru­ary 19, 2018 in Colum­bus, MS.

Visi­ta­tion was held Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ West Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, Starkville, MS.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm at First John Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church , Starkville, MS.

In­ter­ment will fol­low at Boyd Ceme­tery, Starkville, MS.

West Me­mo­rial is in charge of the ar­range­ments.

AL­BANY, N.Y. (AP) — Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, Jef­frey Dah­mer and the Columbine High School shoot­ers are among the in­fa­mous crim­i­nals who had a his­tory of hurt­ing an­i­mals be­fore they went on to tar­get hu­mans, a ten­dency that's part of what's be­hind a move­ment to cre­ate pub­lic on­line reg­istries of known an­i­mal abusers.

New York is among 11 states with an­i­mal abuse registry bills pend­ing in their leg­is­la­tures, fol­low­ing Ten­nessee, which started its in 2016 along with a grow­ing num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in re­cent years, in­clud­ing New York City, and the coun­ties that in­clude Chicago and Tampa, Florida.

"An­i­mal abuse is a bridge crime," said the spon­sor of New York's bill, Repub­li­can state Sen. Jim Tedisco, who noted that Niko­las Cruz, ac­cused of killing 17 peo­ple in the Park­land, Florida, high school shoot­ing on Feb. 14, re­port­edly also had a his­tory of shoot­ing small an­i­mals.

While the main goal of col­lect­ing names of con­victed an­i­mal abusers is to pre­vent them from be­ing able to adopt or pur­chase other an­i­mals, registry back­ers say such lists could also be a way to raise red flags about peo­ple who may com­mit other vi­o­lent crimes rang­ing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to mass shoot­ings. But some an­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cates, mostly no­tably the ASPCA, ques­tion how ef­fec­tive they can re­ally be.

Un­der registry laws, peo­ple con­victed of felony an­i­mal cru­elty are re­quired to sub­mit in­for­ma­tion to the registry and pay a main­te­nance fee. Fail­ing to do so brings fines and jail time. Shel­ters and pet deal­ers in a county with a registry are re­quired to check it and risk stiff fines for pro­vid­ing an an­i­mal to any­one listed. It's not dif­fi­cult, since most reg­istries have only a hand­ful of names and mug shots of cru­elty crimes rang­ing from dog fight­ing to beat­ing or starv­ing a pet to death.

A high-pro­file an­i­mal cru­elty case is of­ten the im­pe­tus for pass­ing a registry law. In Nas­sau County on New York's Long Is­land, it was the case of Miss Harper, a fawn­col­ored 7-month-old pit bull left ear­less and badly in­fected af­ter the cou­ple who bred her paid a friend to per­form surgery he wasn't li­censed to do.

The cou­ple had pre­vi­ously been charged with cru­elty for putting bleach on an­other puppy. Since their con­vic­tions pre­dated the registry, they're free to buy and breed more dogs. An­other loop­hole is the cur­rent scat­ter­shot na­ture of such reg­istries. While neigh­bor­ing Suf­folk County on Long Is­land has a registry, along with 11 coun­ties in up­state New York, many do not.

"There re­ally needs to be a statewide law," said Gary Rogers of the Nas­sau County Hu­mane So­ci­ety, which man­ages that county's registry es­tab­lished in 2014. "Other­wise, some­one on our registry can just go to an­other county to get an an­i­mal."

Tedisco, who pushed through New York's felony an­i­mal cru­elty law in 1999, said the Miss Harper case un­der­scores the need for pas­sage of his statewide registry law, which would also re­quire con­victed of­fend­ers to get

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