Michigan: Strengthen pet store and animal cruelty laws

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Michigan: Strengthen pet store and animal cruelty laws

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Two bills are on the House floor that would increase penalties for chronic violations of Michigan’s law governing the treatment of animals in pet stores.

In 2012, more than a hundred animals -- including dogs, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, frogs, snakes, lizards, chinchillas, and mice -- were seized from deplorable conditions in a Dearborn Heights pet store, but our state’s “Pet Shops, Dog Pounds, and Animal Shelters” law has only misdemeanor penalties for such neglect and does not address repeat offenders. This legislation increases jail time and fines for those who have been convicted for five or more violations of the pet store law. The bills also increase penalties for deliberate cruelty to companion animals, for the neglect of large numbers of animals, and for domestic violence crimes that cause serious psychological injury to the owner of a companion animal.

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