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Michigan House Introducing Bills To Increase Reports Of Animal Abuse And Child Abuse

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Michigan may join a handful of other states with increased reporting requirements for child abuse and animal abuse.  

Twelve other states have co-reporting laws similar to the ones recently introduced in the state House.  The bipartisan bills would require animal control officers to report suspected child abuse and require Child Protective Services to report suspected animal abuse.  

Democratic Representative Robert Kosowski is a bill sponsor.  

“It’s just a very simple mechanism to get out there and make sure that we’re taking care of our Michigan families.”

Several studies have shown that there is often a relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

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