Michigan passed a law to place convicted animal abusers on a statewide registry list.
On Dec. 15, Logan’s Law passed the House and Senate. The law will help to keep animals from getting adopted by convicted animal abusers. Advocates suggest registry laws also protect people, since there’s a link between violence toward animals and violence toward people.
Before adopting pets, shelters and rescues registered in Michigan may conduct a background check to determine if there’s any history of past animal abuse. Individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes will be logged into the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) database. ICHAT is a Michigan State Police website that allows public access to search for criminal offenders.
The bills also establish a regulatory program for large-scale dog breeder kennels.
The idea of having an animal abuser registry list started after an attack on a Siberian husky named Logan. The attack happened on March 12, 2012. A few states already have similar laws; my hope is that all 50 pass similar laws.
Here are the full details of Logan’s attack as written on the Facebook page dedicated to Logan’s Law:
“On the night of March 12 of 2012, My Siberian husky Logan was attacked in his own back yard, in his own kennel. The person that did this used acid as their weapon. I immediately rushed Logan to the emergency room of our veterinarian’s office. There he was immediately taken care of, but the damage had already been done. The acid burned slowly, First with just a small area on his muzzle. It quickly spread until it had burned most of the right side of his face & around his eye. Logan seemed to be recovering very nicely with constant care & medication. But sadly due to his age & the toxic nature of his injury Logan’s liver & kidneys began to fail. On July 9, 2012. Logan curled up at my feet & passed away quietly in his sleep as I worked here on the LOGAN’S LAW page….. He was laid to rest under an apple tree in our yard to cross the rainbow bridge to join his brothers & sisters that had gone before him.
“Now Logan is not just my dog he is every one’s dog !” —Matt Falk
Logan’s Law, an appropriate animal welfare bill, was passed only days after a Michigan Supreme Court rules that dogs that threaten law enforcement with barking or moving may be shot, a bill widely criticized by animal welfare advocates.