LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Peter J. Lucido on Tuesday said he has prepared legislation to help protect pets in Michigan by requiring employees of Child Protective Services to report suspected animal abuse during investigations of child abuse.
“Animal abuse and child abuse often go hand in hand, and this bill would help protect our pets like the beloved family members that they are,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I believe all life has value and we should do what we can to protect it.”
The proposed bill would require employees who discover or suspect animal abuse to report it to law enforcement or animal control within 72 hours.
On Monday, Lucido was named as a member of the newly-formed animal abuse task force, called P.A.W.S., or Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety, which is the first multijurisdictional animal abuse prevention task force in the state. The task force will collaborate to address current instances of animal abuse, and to be proactive in preventing future abuses through education, training, and legislative efforts.
The bill, which Lucido intends to formally introduce this month, is similar to one he introduced in 2017 while a member of the House of Representatives.