A New Michigan Law Protects Animals From Being Adopted By Convicted Animal Abusers
'Logan's Law' was signed recently and it will help stop convicted animal abusers from adopting a pet from Michigan shelters.
A new law was passed called "Logan's Law" in honor of a Siberian husky who was attacked in own backyard. Back in 2012, the owner went out to Logan's kennel in the morning, and found that someone had poured battery acid on the dog, later the beloved pet passed away.
Since the attack Logan's owners have worked to protect animals from abuse. WWMT.com reported details about the law...
"The law authorizes animal shelters and animal control organizations to conduct a criminal background check from a database by Michigan State Police to find out if anyone interested in adopting a pet has been convicted of animal abuse or neglect."
One of the really great things about the law is that...
"Access to the database will be at no cost to animal shelters and non-profits."
The one group of animals that are not protected by Logan's Law are those who are sold or given away for free on craigslist.
Petfinder.com defines animal abuse as...
- Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care.
- Neglect may be due to ignorance on the animal owner’s part and is usually handled by requiring the owner to correct the situation. If the problem is not corrected, the animal may be removed from the neglectful person by law enforcement authorities.
- Intentional cruelty is often more shocking than neglect and is frequently an indicator of a serious human behavior problem.
- Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal. (The ASPCA and other organizations with cruelty investigation authority have arrested individuals who have deliberately maimed, tortured or even killed animals.)
- Although many individuals are arrested for intentional cruelty, people who commit even the most heinous crimes against animals are often not prosecuted to the full extent of the law. In states where animal cruelty is considered a misdemeanor, individuals who commit intentional cruelty crimes against animals can receive, at most, one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Often, perpetrators receive no more than probation.
- Someone who is violent towards animals may be violent towards family members or others.