Flint police recently started an investigation after a picture of a dog with its mouth taped shut went viral on social media. The photo showed a brown and white dog with tape around its mouth. Below the picture was a caption that implied the dog’s mouth had been taped shut as a punishment for chewing shoes. Police updated concerned citizens on the Flint Police Department Facebook page explaining that the police had located the dog. Police assured citizens that the dog was safe and that the Genesee County Animal Control had been contacted to investigate the dog’s safety. This incident sparked concern among animal lovers, and in this case it turned out to be simple to investigate and resolve. However, there are serious consequence for animal cruelty and abuse under Michigan law. If you are an animal lover or you suspect someone is abusing their pets, this article will help you understand Michigan’s animal cruelty law.
Michigan law prohibits pet owners from mistreating and abusing their animals. A pet owner must provide adequate care to any animal in their custody. Additionally, owners of livestock are not allowed to cruelly work, drive or beat an animal. Owners also may not allow others to cruelly work, drive or beat animals. Michigan law regulates how animals are transported, forbidding owners from tying an animal’s legs or feet during transportation. In fact, the law requires animals to be transported in a cage or secure vehicle.
Animal cruelty charges carry serious consequences. The exact penalty will depend depend on the number of animals involved and the extent of the abuse. The penalties for animal cruelty include:
A court may also order the accused to pay for psychiatric or psychological counseling after their conviction. After multiple convictions, a courts will also order the convicted permanently give up ownership of their animals.
An accusation of animal cruelty could result in civil litigation, criminal prosecution and steep fines. If you have been accused of animal cruelty then you should contact the criminal defense attorneys at Nickola Law. We understand the nuances of Michigan animal cruelty laws and can provide you with the best defense possible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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