By Meisner Law Group Legal Beagles Joyleih and Sophia

Well, we were hoping for more, but in the end Michigan’s legislature took some good steps in the right direction at the end of last year when a bill was signed into law allowing animal shelters to access criminal records in order to determine if someone has an animal abuse conviction. The shelters can then choose to refuse an adoption if the applicant has a conviction within the last five years. (Only five years??)

Let’s hope that we will see future opportunities to advocate for an even stronger approach such as a registry system, like the bill first required before it was watered down. Some effective examples can be seen in Tennessee and New York City and are supported by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Please let your legislators know that animals deserve to be protected, and please continue to advocate for even stronger measures. If they have dogs, they will appreciate it even more!