By CAROL HOPKINS
Animal Care Network volunteers found starved dogs lying dead at the end of chains in Pontiac during the winter.
“There are so many repeat offenders who let animals starve in their backyard,” said Pam Porteous, the organization’s manager. “There should be a database of these people.”
- We should have an online registry for all criminals, not just some.
Lawmakers have revamped bills that would establish a registry — similar to a sex offender registry — that would track animal abusers, and they are urging people to write to their legislators.
House Bill 4534 (PDF) is sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Muxlow, from the 83rd District. The district includes Sanilac County and Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron. House Bill 4535 (PDF) is sponsored by Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Northwest Detroit. A third bill in the works would make it illegal for a person on the abuser registry to purchase an animal.
The grouping of bills is referred to as Logan’s Law, a reference to a beloved pet husky from Goodells, Mich., that was attacked by a stranger with acid and died.
- So we've went from naming laws using the HB-xxxx or SB-xxxx form, to naming them after dead children, and now dead dogs. So who will have a law named after them next?
Both legislators introduced similar measures last year.
Together, the bills would establish a statewide registry to protect animals from abuse and neglect.
- That may be the intent, but we all know it won't prevent abuse and I'm sure people who don't belong on the registry will also be swept up into it, but only time will tell.
Any person convicted of a crime against an animal would have to register for a five-year period. All citizens would have access to the registry and could make sure that no pet they are selling or offering for adoption would go to a convicted animal abuser.
- Why not register for life?
Animal shelters would be mandated to use the registry before allowing their animals to be adopted. Offenders’ names would remain on the registry five years after they serve their sentence.
The registry would be paid for by the fees attached to the penalties for those convicted of animal abuse or neglect.
- (08/01/2013) Animal abuser registry legislation tweaked