The animal abuse problem
Over 350 dogs were recently rescued from a puppy mill in Allegan County, Michigan. The couple that ran it had been shut down in a different county several years previously.
That’s just one example. Animal hoarding and dog fighting are believed to be on the increase. Detroit and Flint have become known for dog fighting, and we’ve been hearing about it more right here in Kalamazoo.
The bill to stop repeat animal abuse offenders
With an animal abuse registry in Michigan, the couple in Allegan County and other repeat offenders could have been prevented from harming even more animals. In February 2012, this bill was created:
A bill to require individuals convicted of animal abuse offenses to register; to provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities; to impose fees; to prescribe penalties and provide remedies; and to require the promulgation of rules.
So far, five Michigan state representatives have signed it. More support is needed to get more state representatives to co-sponsor it.
Desiree` Jones of Flint, Michigan, has created a petition for this purpose. When you sign this petition, you let our state representatives know that you care about this concern. We need many more signatures for this bill to move forward.
You can read how it would work here: Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Abuser Registry Model Law.
How you can help
First, sign the petition. It asks for your name, address, and email address. You can choose whether to make your signature public. If it is public, only your name, city and state, and optional comment appear.
Second, share the concern and the call to action. Post about it on your Facebook page. Tell other animal lovers. Invite them to sign the petition too.
We can all be a part of stopping repeat animal abusers.