I couldn’t be more proud to be a Midwesterner! The mitten state (aka Michigan) is moving a bill through its legislature that would mandate hooman background checks before animal adoption is permitted. Under the bill, animal shelters would be required to check an individual’s criminal background, and could accordingly deny adoptions to anyone convicted of animal abuse.
An animal abuse conviction in the past five years would receive an automatic “no,” while a person convicted more than five years ago could still be denied adopting. Abuse includes, but is not limited to, animal neglect or cruelty or using them for fighting.
A House committee approved the bills nearly unanimously on Tuesday, and now they move on up the legislature for hopeful approval.
Paws crossed Michiganders can soon keep all pups completely out of harm’s way!