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Published:May 9th, 2016 12:34 EST

Leaving Your Dog in Your Car Could Soon be a Felony in Michigan

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Michigan lawmakers are considering joining 16 other states with similar laws by passing legislation that would make it illegal to keep an animal in a car in conditions that might endanger its health or well-being. Michigan`s law, though, would impose among the strictest penalties for endangering an animal`s life.

If an animal dies inside a vehicle, the person who left the dog or cat there could go to jail for up to five years or be fined as much as $5,000, according to MLive.

Otherwise, first offenders could get a $350 fine or a month and a half in jail. Second-timers could get three months in prison or fined $500."


I enjoy taking my pooch, Mandy, with me when I drive my Jeep. If I have to make a quick stop at a convenience store, or the post office, I leave her in the vehicle with the windows rolled all the way down. Mandy is my most valuable possession, and I wouldn`t do anything to put her life in danger.

Only a thoughtless bastard would leave his pooch inside his car, with the windows rolled up on a hot summer day, however stores should allow shoppers to bring their pets inside on hot days.

I hope Michigan`s pending legislation becomes law, it should be a felony to leave your faithful companion in a car in conditions that might endanger its health.

People, please be kind and considerate to your dog.

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