Michigan may make leaving dogs in cars a felony

As someone who becomes outraged — like, shouty and furious — when I see dog owners walking their pets in New Orleans’ noonday sun, this is good news:

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.”

A first offense would be punishable by up to a $350 fine and/or up to 45 days in jail. A second violation would be punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail. If such confinement causes serious harm to an animal it’s punishable by up to a year in prison and/or up to a $1,000 fine. And if the incident results in the death of an animal the punishment could be up to a $5,000 fine or 5 years imprisonment.

 

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