Target: Michigan Representative Paul Muxlow
Goal: Create a statewide animal abuser registry in Michigan
Michigan Representative Paul Muxlow recently sponsored a bill that would create an animal abuser registry in Michigan if passed into law. The registry would be similar to those for sex offenders and accessible to animal shelters as well as the general public. Michigan is yet another state considering a registry in recent months and passing this law would get the United States one step closer to a national database for animal abusers.
If passed, the legislation will be given the nickname Logan’s Law. Earlier this year Michigan Resident Matthew Falk’s dog Logan passed away three months after an unknown attacker poured battery acid on his muzzle. Since then, Logan has become the face of the proposed law that would provide a database for the public and animal shelters. Under the law, shelters would not be able to adopt animals to those on the registry for five years. What makes Logan’s Law slightly different than other proposals for animal abuser registries is that shelters can also receive penalties for adopting dogs to abusers. Any shelter official who adopts an animal to someone listed in the registry would be subject to a $1,000 fine or up to one year in prison.
The registry would be funded by abusers, who would be required to pay a minimum of $250 in annual fees. The Animal Defense Legal Fund in California offered to donate $10,000 to help with startup costs and several other animal welfare groups across the country have also offered their assistance. The only step remaining in ensuring the registry’s success is a vote. Michigan Representative Kevin Cotter made a statement in support of the law saying, “We pass laws knowing they won’t eliminate all crimes. We’re not going to throw a Hail Mary pass. But if we can advance the ball a few yards down the line, shouldn’t we do that?”
Please take a moment and sign the petition below to show your support for this bill, which will be up for a vote later this year. Logan’s Law would get the United States another step closer to a national animal abuser registry.
Dear Representative Muxlow,
You recently proposed a bill that would create an animal abuser registry in Michigan known as Logan’s Law. Several other states have also proposed similar legislation during the last year but so far none have had success. An animal abuser registry is crucial to not only reducing cruelty and neglect, but also keeping more animals from ending up in shelters.
You have my full support. Shelters should be able to ensure that they aren’t sending an animal to a potentially violent home and the general public should be able to know who in their neighborhood could be a threat to their four-legged family members. Please do everything you can to see that this bill passes into law and hopefully other states will take notice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mark R. Rummel via Times Herald