Animal rescues

New bill requires animal rescues to register with the state

LANSING, Michigan (WXYZ) – A new state bill requires animal rescues to register with the state.

State Sen. Pete Lucido introduces the legislation he says is aimed at weeding out hoarders and animal abusers who pretend to be rescue groups. Lucido works with animal organizations to protect pets.

He also sponsors two other bills to protect pets from abuse and neglect.

“Today I took a stand, my four-legged friends are going to have a voice.”

Who better to give them one than Lucido?

He is loud, outspoken, and passionate about many things, including animals.

“You have too many people here saying ‘I’m a rescue.’ And they’re stealing dogs and they’re selling dogs and they’re breeding dogs. They’re not a rescue.

One of the examples he talks about is the story earlier this year where dozens of dogs were found in a garage in Roseville Cemetery. The woman told police she was leading a rescue.

Lucido also hopes this bill could stop hoarders, like the one in Shelby Township last year.

Lucido worked with animal organizations, including the Detroit Pit Crew and the Michigan Humane Society, to iron out the details of this bill.

Theresa Sumpter is the founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.

“We want to make sure everyone is doing the right thing,” she said.

The Michigan Humane Society sent us this statement:

MHS continues to work with Senator Lucido to finalize this important bill to register rescue groups in the state of Michigan. MHS strongly supports his efforts and SB 419 and looks forward to its adoption.

Lucido also introduces two other bills intended to protect animals. One will require child protective services and adult protective services to report animal abuse to the proper authorities if they discover it in their case. Another bill will require veterinarians to report signs of animal abuse.

The measure will include immunity without legal exposure.

Lucido explained, “We need to put rules in place so we can go against perpetrators who kill, abuse and harm our animals.”

Lucido wants to introduce these bills in the coming weeks. He is working with animal organizations to iron out some details before creating a final version of the bill regulating animal rescues.

Lucido says if the bill passes, relief groups have six months to register with the state.

Detroit Pit Crew wanted clarification on whether foster family volunteers would also need to register with the state. But Lucido says rescue groups can still use nurturing volunteers as long as they retain their information for at least two years.