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Leaving a Dog in a Car Could Soon Be a Felony in Michigan

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If a pair of Senate bills proposed this week are passed, Michigan residents will soon face felony charges for leaving dogs in cars under conditions, like heat or cold, that could potentially endanger the health and life of the animal.

The proposed bill recommends that a person cannot “leave or confine an animal in an unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of the animal, including, but not limited to, heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death of the animal.”

A first-time offender would face up to a $350 fine and up to 45 days in jail, a second violation would be punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. If the act causes serious harm to an animal, the offender could face up to a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine. And, if it results in the death of an animal the punishment could be up to a $5,000 fine or 5 years imprisonment.

While 16 other states have similar laws in place, most offenses are only classified as misdemeanors.

The bills, SB 930 and SB 931, have been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review and consideration.

Would you support these laws and their proposed sentences? Are they too strict or not strict enough? Weigh in with a comment below!

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Avatar Of April Flowers

    April Flowers

    says:

    I also support this and think it should be in all states. I also think we should be able to rescue the animal (break a car window) without any consequences.

  2. Avatar Of Mk

    MK

    says:

    I often leave my dog in the car while I go in a restaurant as I travel to my cottage in northern Michigan. I have remote start and keep the car running for heat or air conditioning. I sit in the restaurant so I can see the car if it is possible. I do not believe I am abusing my dog.

    • Avatar Of Cattywoman2515

      Cattywoman2515

      says:

      I don’t think you’re the offender this law is about. There are plenty of idiots that don’t do as you do. They’re the problem.

  3. Avatar Of Teri Stowe

    Teri Stowe

    says:

    I absolutely support this and think it should be law in all states.

  4. Avatar Of Gage

    Gage

    says:

    Finally, some sense in this problem!

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