Reporting Animal Cruelty - We Are Their Voice

Cheryl Phillips

Each state has its laws against animal cruelty. While two lawmakers have proposed the PACT Act, a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony, it has not yet passed. As a result, it is important to know your states’ laws so that you can be an advocate for animals locally.

Michigan law defines animal cruelty as any of the following:

  • Failure to provide an animal with adequate food, water, shelter or medical treatment
  • Improperly tethering (or chaining) an animal
  • Abandoning or causing abandonment of an animal without providing for the animal’s adequate care
  • Cruelly beating, torturing, maiming or killing an animal
  • Willfully or negligently allowing an animal to suffer unnecessarily
  • Transporting an animal in a vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner
  • Either poisoning or exposing an animal to poison
  • The cropping of a dog’s ears or the docking of a dog’s tails, unless a registered veterinary surgeon performs such cropping while the dog is under anesthetic

View Michigan Animal Cruelty Laws here.

If you see any mistreatment or neglect of an animal; say something and do something. Contact your local animal control and the police department.  We are their voice!

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