Good news – HB 4332 & 4333 have passed the Michigan House of Representatives with broad support, and they are moving on to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please encourage the Chair of the committee, Representative Jim Runestad, to address these bills in committee as soon as possible and to support these bills.
These bills will:
  • Criminalize torturing or killing an animal with the intent to cause mental distress or exert control over a person
  • Increase maximum prison terms for offenses, and some will be up to 10 years
  • Clarify that breeders and pet store owners can be liable for mistreatment of animals