New Law Will Increase Penalties for Animal Abuse, Fighting - Northern Michigan's News Leader

New Law Will Increase Penalties for Animal Abuse, Fighting

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Governor Snyder signed into law today a measure to curb animal abuse, by increasing penalties for animal fighting or cruelty.

He says it will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to put a stop to animal abuse.

Animal cruelty is something animal control and local rescues have been seeing more of lately.

A group known as H.A.N.D.D.S rescues animals, in the Traverse City area.

They say they deal with several animal cruelty cases, each year.

Patti Goudey, the co-founder of the group says,

     "We do take in quite a few that are found running in the woods, cause people just dumped them, or people turned them in as inappropriate owners---being chained up outside to a tree with a two foot chain, no food, no water, no shelter."

Both groups say they are hoping that with the increase in penalties, they will see a significant decrease in the number of cases of cruelty.