Introduced Bills Would Create Mandatory Reporters For Animal Abuse In Michigan

Aug 26, 2019

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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 bill would 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 at 734.487.3363 or email us at