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Anti-Cruelty Laws in Michigan and Personal Injury


Anti-Cruelty Laws in Michigan are some of the most strict laws in the world. When it comes to protecting the animals we love, we should always be 100% ready to protect them. In this article, let us look at the provisions against animal cruelty and let us start the conversation.

dog in the snow

Main Basis

Michigan Compiled Laws apply in the case, to wit:

MCLA 750.50b – Intentional Infliction of Pain and Suffering Provision – This statute makes it an automatic felony punishable by a prison term of up to four years for the malicious and intentional torturing, maiming, poisoning or unjustified killing of any animal not excluded by statute.

Acts Not Allowed

Based on the provision, the following are the acts that are not allowed when dealing with animals:

  • Abandon
  • Allow suffering neglect, torture, or pain through negligence
  • Beat
  • Cruelly overwork
  • Kill
  • Mutilate
  • Maim
  • Not providing enough food, water, shelter, sanitary conditions, veterinary care
  • Participating in, planning, or being present at any animal fight
  • Intentionally poison any animal, with a few exceptions outside city limits
  • Leave poison where someone else’s pet may get to it
  • Tether with a rope or chain that’s too short
  • Torture

Dog Bites

Animal cruelty becomes a subject of personal injury lawsuits especially when a dog bite is involved. Liability or responsibility is on the person controlling the action of the animal. Let us look at the provision again.

750.66. Bites by a dog or wolf-dog crosses; providing information to victims; penalties and fines; police dog exception

Sec. 66. (1) If a person 18 years of age or older is responsible for controlling the actions of a dog or wolf-dog cross and the person knows or has reason to know that the dog or wolf-dog cross has bitten another person, the person shall immediately provide the person who was bitten with all of the following information:

(a) His or her name and address and, if that person does not own the dog or wolf-dog cross, the name, and address of the dog’s or wolf-dog cross’s owner.

(b) Information, if known by that person, as to whether the dog or wolf-dog cross is current on all legally required vaccinations.

(2) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.

(3) This section does not apply if the person is bitten by a police dog. As used in this subsection, “police dog” means that term as defined in section 50c. [FN1]

(4) As used in this section, “dog” and “wolf-dog cross” mean those terms as defined in section 2 of the wolf-dog cross act, 2000 PA 246, MCL 287.1002.

In the next part of the series, let us look at animal cruelty and personal injury even further.

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