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Introduced Bills Would Create Mandatory Reporters For Animal Abuse In Michigan

Kristine Paulus

A lawmaker in Lansing wants to make it mandatory for people working in certain professions to report suspected animal abuse and neglect.  Cheyna Roth has more.

One newly introduced billwould make child and adult protective services workers mandatory reporters for suspected animal abuse and neglect.  If a worker has reason to suspect abuse, they have to report to law enforcement or animal control.  Otherwise, they face a misdemeanor. 

Republican Senator Peter Lucido is a bill sponsor.

“These things should have been on the books a long time ago. We knew there was a cross connection between abusing a pet and abusing a human. But yet, we didn’t do anything about it.”

Lucido’s other bill would require veterinarians report suspected abuse or neglect.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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