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Sun May 8, 2016, 04:14 AM

Michigan: Leaving dogs in cars could escalate into a felony under Senate bills

LANSING, MI -- Leaving Fido in the car with unsafe conditions would be illegal under a pair of Senate bills introduced this week, and someone who causes an animal death that way could face five years in prison.

Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Lansing, said sixteen states already have similar laws surrounding dogs being left in cars.

"We just think in situations where there is obvious potential harm that we shouldn't be allowing that in Michigan," Hertel said.

So what would the rules be?

The bill language states that a person cannot "Leave or confine an animal in an unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of the animal, including, but not limited to, heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death of the animal."

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/leaving_dogs_in_cars_could_esc.html#incart_river_home_pop


MLive photographer Yffy Yossifor's dog in the car Wednesday, July 2. Pets left in cars in the summer are subject to various health risks and have prompted new legislation in the Senate. (Yfat Yossifor | The Bay City Times) (Yfat Yossifor)

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sun May 8, 2016, 11:07 PM

1. Wow, finally the MI legislature might actually pass something that doesn't screw

us?!? Unthinkable!!

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Wed May 11, 2016, 12:22 AM

2. Such good news. We all need that law everywhere. It's only right. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Wed May 11, 2016, 02:11 AM

3. We certainly do, hear about these avoidable tragedies every single year

I have to be careful with my dog since he has a short snout and tends to overheat very easily. I freeze in my car when he rides with me in warm weather...

My dog, Jack:


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