Support Animal Abuser Registry in Michigan

Target: Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana

Goal: Create an animal abuser database in Michigan

Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana recently proposed a bill that would create a statewide database for animal abusers. If the bill becomes law, Michigan would be the first state to establish a statewide animal abuser registry.

House Bill 4535 would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty to provide their names, addresses, and a photograph to a statewide animal abuser database within five days of their sentencing or their release from prison. Anyone convicted of animal cruelty in other states would be required to register the same information within 21 days of establishing residence in Michigan. Profiles will be kept in the database for five years providing there are no additional convictions. A $100 annual fee would also be required by abusers to pay for the registry. Failure to meet the above requirements would result in misdemeanor charges with penalties of up to a year in prison, fines up to $1,000, or both.

Similar laws have already been passed in counties in New York and Connecticut, but this would be the first statewide animal abuser registry and also the most thorough. The law would also prevent shelters and rescues from placing an animal with anyone who is registered in the database and make the database public for citizens to determine whether or not a potential neighbor has a history of mistreating animals.

If passed, HB 4535 would be an incredible start at stopping serial animal abuse across the country. Please sign the petition below to show your support for Harvey Santana and an animal abuser registry in Michigan.


Dear Representative Santana,

You recently proposed House Bill 4535, which, if passed into law, would provide the citizens of Michigan with a public registry of convicted animal abusers. Not only that, it would prevent shelters and rescues from placing animals with anyone in the database and also require those seeking residence in Michigan with prior convictions to register.

Thank you so much for your commitment to animal rights. The first statewide animal abuser registry would be a landmark law and a strong start to putting an end to serial animal abuse.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Leslie Sanford says:

    There is nothing so despicable as an animal abuser, although child molesters are right up there. And it seems now we have to worry about dog molesters, too. The level of torture and perverse actions against animals, some for no obvious reason except for fun (??), brings a new level of fright to those who own & love animals.
    I think it’s imperative to start an animal abusers registry – after all, what is the primary act among the triad of actions that predict a serial killer? It’s for the safety of our animals, stray animals, our children, and ourselves. A person who would burn a dog alive or skin a cat alive just for “kicks” must be considered an extremely dangerous person and be identified for the safety of man and beast.

  2. jaclyn bisanz says:

    This is an amazing idea that should be implemented across the USA. Not only would this be a step forward for animal safety, but it would also help Law Enforcement & other people of authority to track potential threats. You know, a lot of bad people start out abusing animals before they move on to abusing people. Help catch them before it gets that far!!

  3. Good initiative that the creation of such a registry to prevent other animals from suffering. However, I find that writing for a Michigan resident should be automatic as soon as the sentence is imposed by a court. Should then add the amount of the contribution for the register to the sentence.

  4. Passing a bill like this is soooo important, and I hope there is more to follow for every State…there is far too much horrific animal abuse going on, all the animals need protection!

  5. Megan Shellito-Porter says:

    Please Share and sign this petition. All 50 states need this law. We as people have a voice and rights. This is the time to change, support and protect all animals!

  6. Lets go even further & make it world wide ,as I’m from Scotland ,would love 2 see every sick scumbag named & shamed

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