In the article Challenge animal abuse and support Logan’s Law readers were asked to recognize the abject cruelty in all of its forms and to shrug off the numbness you feel for the violence that repeats itself and to actively call out animal abusers. Support for legislation such as Logan’s Law is just the beginning. Stamping out those that seek power through the abuse of animals is not done by law alone.
“By not saying a word and not reporting you are confirming the chaos. You are indirectly contributing to how that person lives, grows and learns today. If that person is not called out for their neglect and bears the consequences personally, they will glow with power each time they escape notice or repercussion” - Deb Monroe, CPDT-KA, Detroit Dog Examiner
Looking up images to reference common types of animal abuse was a difficult task. On one hand I aimed to move you to action, but at the same time images available for some topics of abuse are so alarming and disgusting I could not bear to repeat them here.
Read Michigan’s Animal Cruelty Laws
- THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931 Section 750.49
Animal; definition; fighting, baiting, or shooting; prohibited conduct; violation as felony; costs; dog trained or used for fighting or offspring of dog trained or used for fighting; prohibited conduct; exceptions; confiscation of dog; award of dog to animal welfare agency; euthanasia; expenses; forfeiture of animals, equipment, devices, and money; disposition of money seized; additional exceptions.
- THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931 Section 750.50
Definitions; charge or custody of animal; prohibited conduct; forfeiture of animal; violation as misdemeanor or felony; penalty; psychiatric or psychological counseling; other violation of law arising out of same transaction; consecutive terms; order to pay costs; order prohibiting owning or possessing animal for certain period of time; violation of subsection (9); revocation of probation; certain conduct not prohibited by section.
Know what the signs of neglect are. Pets that are subject to extremes in hot or cold weather, dogs chained up and left outside, pets left in vehicles, lack of food and water, signs of malnourishment, collars that are embedded, cruel methods of training and behavior modification, pets with coats that have scars, fleas or appearance of disease, living conditions that are dangerous to the animals such as living among trash and debris, kennels without sufficient space for movement and exercise or cases of animal hording should all be reported immediately to authorities.
- The Michigan Humane Society investigates cruelty complaints in the service area of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. To report suspected animal cruelty in these cities, call their Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or leave a detailed message any time. Be sure to leave all the information requested on the voice mail message, including the complaint street address and major cross streets. You can remain anonymous but please include your phone number if possible in case additional information is needed.
- In other cities, please contact your local animal control/police department which has the authority and responsibility to enforce our state's animal cruelty laws, and any local ordinances, in your area. Search for your local police department phone number.