MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A State Senate committee today may vote on a measure allowing animal adoption centers and shelters in the state to have free use of the Michigan State Police’s criminal history database to check on people who have a history of abusing animals.
Specifically the bill allows non-profit humane societies to have free unlimited access to the internet based registry to run background checks on those seeking to adopt animals. Currently, searches cost 10-dollars per name.
Also under the measure, shelters would be required to deny adoption to those convicted of animal abuse.
If successful, Michigan will be the first state in the country to enact an animal protection law.
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