(Legislation was introduced last month) in the Michigan House of Representatives. The two bills, if passed, would create a registry of convicted animal abusers, making Michigan the first state to have such a database.
The bills, H.B. 4534 and H.B. 4535, were introduced by state Reps. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit, and Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City. The legislators said they hope to have the measures up for a vote before the Legislature's summer recess.
The bills would compel all convicted animal abusers 18 and older to register with the state within five days of sentencing or release from jail. Offenders with a conviction in another state would have to register within 21 days of moving into Michigan. This would apply to cases of dog fighting, animal cruelty, abandonment or neglect.
The names would remain on the registry for five years.
The law would require adoption agencies and shelters to check the registry before adopting out animals. The database would be open to the public, including breeders and pet shops, although those entities would not be required to check it.
--From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2T7DLTd7r
Details of the proposed legislation, named Logan's Law in honor of a husky who had acid thrown in his face, can be read/downloaded here: http://docs.housedems.com/district/0...se_Doc_Web.pdf
MICHIGAN RESIDENTS: Please contact your State Representative and State Senator to inform them that you support these bills and you want them to do the same.
State Reps and their contact information can be found at: www.house.mi.gov .
State Senators and their contact information can be found at: www.senate.mi.gov .
Please also send Reps. Santana and Muxlow e-mails or letters expressing your support for the bills.
Please spread the word to other people who you think will support this effort.
And if you can, please attend public events such as rallies and press conferences to publicize the bills. An outdoor rally is scheduled this Friday, May 17, 10:30am, at the Blue Water Humane Society in Port Huron. Saturday, May 18, 12 noon, there will be an indoor event at Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids.
LET'S MAKE MICHIGAN THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO ESTABLISH AN ANIMAL ABUSERS REGISTRY!