New Legislation Would Create Animal Abuse Registry

By: News 10
By: News 10

It could soon be a lot harder for people convicted of animal abuse to adopt animals.

Representative Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and Representative Paul Muxlow (R-Sanilac County) have introduced legislation that would create an animal abuse registry, similar to the state's sex offender registry.

The bills would make it mandatory for animal shelters to ask for identification and make sure the potential adopter isn't on the abuse registry. Private citizens would also be able to access the registry for their own personal use.

The Animal League Defense Fund, a national non-profit organization, has agreed to pay for the start-up costs of the registry. It would be run by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Animal Control Division.

People convicted on animal abuse who end up on the registry would have to pay an annual fee of $100. People on the sex offender registry also pay a fee to keep the site running.

The legislation is House Bill 4534 & House Bill 4535.


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  • by DR Location: Clarkston on Apr 23, 2013 at 07:02 PM
    2 things. 1) Its called Logans Law after Logan that had battery acid thrown on him by someone. 2) Its important to find and tag these abusers. It is a known fact that many times those that abuse animals go on to abuse humans. http://www.incasa.org/PDF/2011/animal_human_violence.pdf
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 17, 2013 at 05:26 AM
    Rick, you are the idiot sir. We have registries for sex offenders and soon there will be one for people who abuse animals. By not creating a registry for child abusers are we saying that we will put more effort into protecting animals than children. This is what Michele is saying. Oh, and what "research" is she lacking in her comment. She was posing a question. Why don't you try thinking before you post and make yourself look like the moron.
  • by Rick Location: Jackson on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM
    Michelle, you are an idiot. Do some research before posting moronic comments.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM
    Actually, Michelle, the punishments for conviction in a child abuse case are quite stringent and strict compared to animal abuse cases in Michigan. Pets owned by someone are considered personal property and the courts consider them the same way one would think about a vase or a painting or TV or any other household object. If you destroy someone's pet, it's the same as destroying their personal property and the sentencing is extremely lax. There seems to be no consideration for the fact that the pet feels pain, experiences terror, and would otherwise be a loving, living, breathing creature without the abuse or neglect. So your comment about animals being given more protection than children is mistaken.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 at 08:35 AM
    I know of Animal Control officers charging people for having TWO piles, yes TWO piles of feces in a 1 acre lot. How is that abusive, and why should they be placed on a registry?
  • by Robin Location: Maryland on Apr 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM
    It doesn't matter what the name of the law is. It is another step in the government grab for civil rights. Sex offender registries are falling across the country under legal challenges, but nobody is smart enough to see that blacklisting people has been an underhanded practice in America since the 1930's. Now the politicians want to make it something good. And what good use would private citizens have for this? Next they will start putting people on a registry for not shoveling their walks. Mark my words.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2013 at 07:53 PM
    just wanted to take the time to let everyone know where this proposal came from. A wonderful couple named Matt and Nancy Falk had their beautiful husky burned with acid in his own backyard by a complete stranger. Logan (as he was called) died from his injuries. Matt and Nancy have started this bill and put in the hard work to get it to where it is today. With the help of the internet and a stream of faithful followers. If you would like to see the whole story or doubt my word, please go to Logan's Law on facebook. This bill is needed, this bill is wanted, but let's give credit where credit is due.
  • by Michele Location: Jackson on Apr 14, 2013 at 07:49 PM
    I would like to see something like this for people that abuse children..... We can protect out animals but not our children. Am I not getting something here?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM
    This is how it all starts no u on the list will have to pay for it and the goverment will get more money, soon a list for drunk drivers,shop lifters etc. lol lol what a joke
  • by Rae Location: Martin on Apr 14, 2013 at 07:51 AM
    ITS CALLED LOGANS LAW For more information on who got this going why etc... visit this link https://www.facebook.com/passloganslaw?ref=stream
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