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Bill to Keep Abusers Away from Animals
The effort to make it easier to protect adoptive animals from animal abusers is now before the Michigan House. The bills allow animal shelters free use of the state's registry, to check for a history of animal abuse among those seeking to adopt animals. The package also prohibits anyone convicted of an animal abuse crime from adopting an animal for five years from the conviction. The general public can use the Department of State Police Internet Criminal History Access Tool for a ten-dollar fee. Under the proposal, that fee is waived for animal shelters. State house Democrat Harvey Santana of Detroit, the lead sponsor of the package, also says the bills allow the State Police to collect statistics on animal abuse crimes, something that's not done in other states right now. The measure was approved by a House commitee last week.