Rep Muxlow testifies in support of Logans Law on Humane Lobby Day

first_img Legislation to protect animals, enforce stricter penalties for convicted abusersState Representative Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, provided testimony to the House Judiciary Committee today in support of legislation he recently introduced that would require animal control and protection shelters to conduct a criminal database search of convicted animal abusers prior to adoption of a pet in order to prevent the likelihood of animals falling prey to violent offenders. “Personally, I can no longer stand idly by and watch animals be subjected to horrific injustices and violent torture, so I named ‘Logan’s Law’ to honor the dog whose owner contacted my office and made us aware of a situation in which someone had thrown acid on Logan’s face,” Rep. Muxlow said. “This disgusting behavior is just one example of the countless crimes going unnoticed. I stand with the folks here today lobbying for a cause greater than their own, and that is to raise awareness of animal cruelty and promote the health and safety of our beloved animals, as they cannot do it themselves.” Rep. Muxlow’s House Bill 4355 would require shelters and protection agencies to search the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) prior to the adoption of a pet to prevent a convicted animal abuser from getting their hands on another victim.The Michigan State Police maintains ICHAT, an online database of felonies and serious misdemeanors reported by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts from all 83 Michigan counties.Humane Lobby Day in Michigan, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, provides opportunities to state residents to meet with their elected officials at the Capitol to discuss animal protection issues, programs raising awareness about animal cruelty and other efforts to help promote the well-being of sheltered animals and those without a home.“Today, folks from all over Michigan have come to the Capitol to lobby legislators on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves,” Rep. Muxlow said. “This isn’t a partisan issue, this is simply right and wrong, and it’s time we institute preemptive measures ensuring these violent abusers never get their hands on a defenseless animal again. Discarded pets living on the streets or animals housed in shelters are in desperate need of a loving owner, not a sick individual who will inflict pain and torture on them.”The House Judiciary Committee will decide whether to vote on HB 4355 in the next coming weeks.### Tags: #SB, animal crimes, animal cruelty 05May Rep. Muxlow testifies in support of Logan’s Law on Humane Lobby Day at Capitolcenter_img Categories: Featured news,Newslast_img