michigan cat laws
People didn't get upset if a cat ate a bird or some such. Please keep your cat leashed. Learn About Michigan Elevator Codes, Laws, Regulations And Safety Standards. Dogs helped round up the cows or sheep. Michigan could follow New York and ban declawing cats, becoming the second U.S. state to do so.. House Bill No. It caused so much stress for one of our cats that he began to spray in our house, causing us woe, losing us money and making our cat miserable. United States before the arrival of Columbus and European settlers. Umm, Amazonwarrior, those giant poop piles you find in your backyard may be from raccoons or possums, rather than your neighbors' dogs. An indoor cats given enough stimulation should be just as happy as an outdoor cat. Under state law, if a cat does not have any identification and is put in to the care of an animal shelter, the shelter can post the cat for adoption after three days. I'm in, where do I sign up? Whether you care for community cats, conduct Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), or simply believe all cats deserve to be protected, educating yourself on the law is the number one way to become a powerful, effective advocate. Do we need laws to make that happen? IMHO, the author has an agenda against cats. You must understand the impact of that reference. When was the last time that you heard about a domestic cat mauling or killing a child? I don't think cats need to be licensed, or dogs for that matter. State of Michigan Vaccine Tracking System Opt-Out Information & Forms - Under Michigan law you have the option to exclude your/your child’s immunization information from the Michigan Immunization Information System at any time. My cats are strictly indoor cats. My kid was bit by the neighbors cat. As our laws have evolved, cats were often grouped with dog control efforts in the law. The laws are unequal? But I love cats and dogs both. We aren't dead yet! “Many cat owners don’t want to license their cats - they don’t see the purpose of it,” Reider said. Amy - FYI (last I knew) in Montreal, Quebec while there are no laws requiring licensing or collaring of cats, it is also legal to kill uncollared cats. But a loose cat causes more birds to die and certain populations to almost become extinct due to a negligent owner who lets their cat run free during the day. The Wolverine State follows New York, which is the only state to officially ban declawing. You ain't seen some of the cats I've seen! Under Michigan law and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities may bring their service animals to all "public accommodations," such as hotels, restaurants, stores, museums, and more. The stated purpose of the law is to provide protection to cats under law, equal to that dogs now enjoy. Aren't there more important issues to agonize over? They can free up the space that is wasted on cats and use it for ogs and other non free willed animals. So, I do agree with you in large part. People didn't treat their dogs and cats like children, buying them clothes and grooming them. One of our cats has been going outside ever since it was a kitten and it's now 10 years old. For example, if pet stores must provide documentation on where they obtain the kittens they sell, the state consumer agency would be given regulatory authority to establish rules on how the paperwork and inspections will be conducted. Where do you think stray cats come from? How about crime, aggressive driving, high taxes and huge dead oak limbs hanging over the roads ready to kill unsuspecting motorists? Your new ordinance might allow for TNR programs, but if the zoning requirements that do not allow more than three cats to be in one location, this is a serious conflict. People can be in partnership with cat but they can't be "trained" like a dog. We found our lost cat less then a block from our house (probably when it was hungry enough to venture out from hiding) and had to coax it with it's mother to get it back to us. The number of pets Frankenmuth residents are allowed to have is limited to two dogs and two cats under the city’s ordinance. I used to walk my dog off leash and never had a problem. I do not have a license for them and don't plan on it. Federal law has little impact on cats, state anti-cruelty laws provide basic care and criminalize abusive behavior and sometimes contain health requirements and/or a definition of cats that includes feral cats. Infected cats shed embryonic T. gondii, called oocysts, in their feces. There's a certain degree of responsibility that I think we expect of pet owners, whether they're dogs, cats or other animals. The article covered a range of concerns that you ignored. Does the community cat program authorize TNR but not in any area near wildlife? So would it be OK if take a big steamin' dump on you lawn as long a I "cover it up" ? Cat bites are extremely infectious. If anything it presents a better argument to let cats poop out in nature. Now, ever heard of a dog doing this? I can tell you from my experience at cat ownership, not all cats like collars and they lose them. That's a highly subjective opinion. When a dog urinates on a shrub or flowers, it kills them. I would worry more about the chemicals my neighbor may be using. Outdoor cats often pick fights with our indoor cats through our windows. In fact, the majority of cat bites send the victim to the ER. For instance, what is meant by owner, humane care, adequate shelter, cat, feral cat, torture, etc.? So this has what to do with cats roaming outside? All of these animals are wards of the State but the State is not required to control them. The parasites can cause more acute health problems in newborns and people with weak immune systems, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out. if you're too LAZY to take CARE of any pet, cat or dog, don't get one. Ann Arbor’s ordinance pertaining to cats require the animals to be vaccinated against rabies. Also many cats do not go outdoors. If you see or hear an animal that appears to be abused, mistreated, or neglected, contact your local animal control agency, law enforcement, or the humane society. It should have read Big cats should be kept indoors or on leashes. And he has never once killed a songbird just to watch it die. The attitudes toward domestic animals has changed significantly in the past 50 years. That's a highly subjective opinion. They are surrendered by their owners who consider their animals disposable.You might drop by the humane society sometime so you can check your facts. Antone that lets their cat roam or anyone that has had a cat sray their front door, anyone that has grabbed a handful of cat crap while weeding THEIR garden. Outdoors cats kill wildlife, they poop in people's yards, they are susceptible to dangerous infections like heart worms, FIV, rabies and distemper, and they are killed by cars and predators. And, if I know the owner, I simply contact them and we talk about it. There's NO reason for responsible pet owners to let their pets roam freely. Comparisons can be made, such as how much more cost-effective a good community cat program is versus the cost of having the shelter handle so many cats. An ESA letter is required by all airlines and most landlords to show proof from a mental health professional about your mental health condition and need for an emotional support animal. So you know "many people who have ended up in ER due to cat bites"? Whatever diseases and bad habits free-roaming cats bring home may present a problem for their owners and probably not for me. Other Michigan cities have taken a stricter approach. Especially places like school playgrounds and parks like Bird Hills. It is not that difficult to tell the difference. Lexis service can also provide the information for a fee. But seriously, there's a reason behind the expression "herding cats" and why it's impossible. There are all sorts of irresponsible pet owners - your argument only goes so far. Nearly all were in their teens with they died. Maybe hawks kill bats too. Bullying shouldn't be allowed for ANYONE, man nor beast! Can't come up with any meaningful legislation ideas. I also had a cat nearly choke to death - not because the collar got hung-up on something, rather because the cat kept scratching at it and the fibers kept getting pulled tighter and tighter until it was cutting into her neck. Effective Dates – Once passed, when does the law go into effect? "Now a scientific review published in Trends in Parasitology explores how substantial a public health threat the parasite poses in the United States. We offer a broad variety of heavy equipment rental options from Caterpillar ® and other trusted brands. Rabies kills about 3 people PER YEAR in the U.S., and folks are not getting rabies from their cats (source: The Humane Society). A law mandating the spaying or neutering of owned cats should be discussed. My toddler son and I have enjoyed watching him walk in our backyard, and it's been a good opportunity to talk about not running up and petting/grabbing animals we don't know. I tried walking my last cat on a leash and it did not work. It is an indicator of an. i think 80 lb cats should be treated like 80 lb dogs. The same level penalty can apply, or the penalties may increase upon a second or third violation. A cat with a nasty personality is likely to run away, whereas a dog is more likely to be aggressive. We have a friend who lives in a rural area with multiple cats that dwell outside and it seems every week they report another cat hit by a car. If the government will be required to spend funds, a level of spending must be authorized, i.e., permission to spend is given. There are three levels of U.S. law: federal, state, and local. That was within two weeks of putting the collar on her. All the cat toys, or attentive owners in the world don't hold a candle to the mysteries, opportunities, and yes, even the dangers of the backyard. Some did quite well, but it's not for all cats. They also are free roaming. Cats, on the other hand, seem to avoid people and so it doesn't bother me when they are off leash. Summary: The regulation of dogs and cats in Michigan implicates three major issues: licensing and registration of dogs; the regulation of animal control facilities and pet shops; and the ever-present concern of dog bites. If you cannot find it online, visit your local library to look at municipal code books or request the help of a librarian. Thanks neighbors! You argue that cats are smarter than people. Bats are the most predominant carrier of rabies in Michigan. Penalties – If no penalty is included, a law operates more as a guideline than a law. Who cares. Michigan penal code, Act No. and it's definitely dog poop or else we have giant mutant raccoons. While cats are different than dogs, cat owners cannot be completely negligent or ignorant. Check your facts. All things carry diseases....living, dead or even rusty nails. It isn't a matter of what is right or wrong but a matter of how we can respect each other and our differences and live as part of a community. We usually let them out for an hour or so an evening. They climb on cars and spray the hoods of cars. To the wildlife port-a-john? Two weeks into "Operation Get the Cat Poop Out of Jack's Yard" two unidentified felines have won all expenses paid unlimited stays at Uncle Denny's Dairy Farm and Cat Spa (mmm...fresh milk.). Seasonal weight restrictions lower axle-loading limits and reduce maximum travel speeds for certain vehicles. I believe our idea of equal and fair is getting just a wee bit out-of-hand :). It was never outside until my daughter visited when the cat was about 4 or 5 years old and she took it outside and let it run. “There was a problem more with loose dogs biting people and they wanted to make sure people were safe from a terrible disease,” Reider said. Also, laws can state that a separate violation occurs to each animal involved. In addition, groups like the American Bird Conservancy and the National Audubon Society publish controversial information in favor of killing cats in order to protect birds. Michigan Law Welcome to the Michigan Law section of FindLaw's State Law collection. PLease keep your cat indoors or in your yard. Dogs get hung too (my neighbor's dog, if fact, tried to jump over our adjoining fence and hung himself), but the potential for it to happen is greater for cats. Comparing the two is comparing apples to oranges. How about drag your cat down the street. So where do you think all the other critters - raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, cats, etc. I stopped gardening when my tilled plot became a fetid campylobacter culture. they will not do it. For example, a bill requiring cats to be sterilized could have a sunset provision that repeals it in five years when the population goal is achieved. Been there done that! They spray on doors. RI ST § 4-22-1 . Live trap. I love all our cats. Stop blaming cats and cat owners for your decision. The solution to me would be to create parks for "off leash" exercise that I could choose to avoid since I don't like to be around a dog off-leash unless it is one I know. 328 of the Public Acts of 1931, being section 750.321 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. Cats must be licensed as well. Ypsi TWP certainly does not enforce the current dog licensing law, so I don't think they would enforce cat licensing either. Our other three are a mother and two kittens (kittens are now 9 years old) that we rescued. 13K likes. Incredible the amount of energy complaining or defending this ridiculous article. I have helped rescue and foster feral and abandoned cats. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis. I had thought about getting a leash for my cat and walking around the neighborhood with him because after all, it was Ann Arbor and people wouldn't think of it as too weird. Cats spray *everywhere*. We have a cat and he is NEVER allowed outside, besides he doesn't want to go out. So you consider a cat that spends most of it's life indoors and only goes out for an hour or so a day an outdoor cat? Their kids can no longer safely play there. I based my decision to keep them indoors on fox sightings in our neighborhood and the fact that we live in a condo and it's pretty much parking lot all around us. If you care about cats and want to create change that saves their lives, it’s vital that you know and understand the laws that impact them. If its on someone else's property, an animal is considered a stray. One has no interest in going out. What do you think a bird would prefer....being in a cage all day....or being free to roam the house/world? “It’s been estimated that there are as many free roaming cats as there are owned pet cats,” Reider said. It's ridiculous that cats are allowed to run wild and roam into other people's yards! Campylobacter infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in humans and usually comes from cattle, pigs and birds. Michigan Elevator Code Authority Authorities having jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction). Point being, if a cat doesn't want to be found it won't be unless it's in really poor health or is hungry enough to risk being seen. Dogs may be leashed to keep them from getting into trouble. Big cats are dangerous to people. In the flower bed where I am trying to pull weeds! Perhaps they can release those cats on your front lawn? If cats are smarter than dogs or people why is it that regardless how many times one chases off a roaming cat, turns the hose on them, yells at them, throw things at them, sic the dogs on them, or shoot at them they keep coming back for more....? @TryingToBeObjective - How cats are treated in the sheltering system is another area of interest. You also must pay the applicable license fee if you are adopting a dog. When other people would come near my dog would look at me to see where she should go to sit. Cats kept the rodent problem under control in the house and in the barn, chicken coops, etc. The two cities are the only municipalities in the county to require pet owners to vaccinate their cats against rabies. These oocysts are easily transmitted to humans, and researchers have explored their possible link to various mental health problems, including schizophrenia. It was skin and bones when we got him back, but he has learned his lesson and comes back within minutes of being out. If you qualify, you will be prescribed an emotional support animal and be able to receive an ESA letter. Here is the link: YouTube has numerous videos which are helpful. hjocque- For the sake of full disclosure: I am a cat owner. While it's great that you rescued the surviving kitten, I want to remind city people (as we are), don't take your unwanted animals to the garages, porches, whatever of people in the country. GoNavy On farms, dogs and cats were working animals. Our big 10 year old Tom cat will usually stay out for an hour or so. How about using the cat licence fee to reduce crime, taxes etc ? In 1949 the Illinois legislature passed such a law but Governor Adlai Stevenson vetoed it with a message regarded as a literary masterpiece. But, I wonder if new laws would be enforced. As a last resort, ask an elected official to provide you with the information. I tend to view wandering cats as free-willed wild animals, and treat them as such. Sometimes those Canadians have some good ideas, eh? “There’s a mentality that cat’s aren’t happy unless they’re outside and I don’t think that’s true,” said Deb Kern, marketing director for HSHV. Michigan CAT. ; 6 states do not ban or regulate keeping big cats as pets: Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Delaware, and Oklahoma. It is unfortunate the amount ire and even violence/abuse that is directed towards cats who are doing their thing - being cats. “Our culture is different with cats than with dogs.”. Last time I checked cats cover up their "business" and rarely byte anyone. It may seem harsh that they never go outside, but they have plenty of windows and a daily dose of "The Chipmunk Show", "The Baby Bunny Show" and the "The Mourning Dove Family Show". And I reserve the right to keep cats off my property. However, putting a cat on a leash is like putting your wife or husband on a leash. There ere 3 kittens in a box with their mother frozen to death with them. However, I don't like my neighbor's dogs or cats coming into my yard to dig up my plants or relieve themselves or create havoc. TNR financial issues could involve how much it costs a community to allow “nuisance” animals to exist, how much it would cost to enforce any policy, etc. This seems like a simple thing to do and despite conflicting data from different sources on how effective it may be, it provides data about pet populations that allows a community to understand better the needs of owners and non-owners alike. Dogs have to adhere to tighter restrictions because of the Michigan Dog Law of 1919. Should a cat roam at large, the owner would be charged a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for a second offense and $250 for each offense after that. I have cat crap in my garden regularly, and they don't cover it up.BOTH dog and cat owners need to be responsible. When dogs are allowed to defecate on someone's yard, they can no longer safely walk on their grass in bare feet. "People need to stop projecting their anthropomorphic feelings on their pets. Laws § 750.49 (2019).) racked up by cats. Allowing your property to end up in somebody elses yard is trespassing, whether it's a cat or a piece of paper in a plastic bag. In the end, I couldn't get over how odd it would be to walk my cat, and made him stay in the apartment. Our cat seems to enjoy fresh air and so on via a screened window. She also was allowed in my unfenced yard and didn't leave. Who's voting this comment down??? Different animals are different and should be handled differently. Lexis service can also provide the information for a fee. It's a lousy way to do science, but it makes for good copy for the journalists. It evidently didn't know how to do it's business outdoors because it flew down to the basement and jumped into the cat litter box . All laws are public information. Definitions – Key points need to be defined to avoid ambiguities. @Dipstick- More recently, studies of school-age children show a correlation between testing positive for T. gondii and having difficulty in school. Compared to that kind of pollution, cats are a non problem. In fact, it seems more reasonable to propose that given that cat populations and human populations overlap, whatever predatory pressure cats exert on local wildlife is far outshadowed by the impact of humans on the local environment. I have no problem with licensing cats - however I do have an issue with forcing a cat to wear a collar to wear a tag. Regulatory Authority – If the law is accompanied by regulations to spell out the fine points, a state or local agency (i.e., Health Department) is directed to promulgate (write rules). Not that I mind dogs being around, love them, but a cat is much less intrusive so I don't see the issue. Kern said the Ann Arbor area community needs to have a conversation about the need to identify pet cats so they’re not observed as strays. Cats "scratch and run", they rarely bite. (2) If an animal that meets the definition of a dangerous animal in section 1(a) attacks a person and causes serious injury other than death, the owner of the animal is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for I gave up trying to keep collars on my cats - even though I'd like to. So if you're a cat lover, reconsider that you have your cat, or other cats', best interests in mind. Don't look outside at night. Step up and be responsible, it's as simple as that. Ypsilanti has a similar ordinance, in that dogs and cats must have rabies vaccines if they are in public places. Licenses could help track vaccines and could help match lost cats back to their owners quicker - thereby reducing shelter costs, Hilgendorf said. please please make it even. Never had my cats attack anyone, although I have had other cats attack me out of fear. While I'm generally more of a dog person than a cat person, I want the dog's owner around to control it. Funny, I never heard of a human getting rabies from a cat. They are estimated to kill "a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat." These deaths are caused by both free roaming pet cats, and the large feral populations across the USA. I have any number of large burned areas in my front lawn because of this, as well as severe damage to a dwarf Alberta spruce tree, which is next to my front porch, that is going to have to be replaced. Frankenmuth also has a strict cat ordinance. Not in my neighborhood! Most local laws are posted on the internet by the government entity that enacted it. An indoor cat given enough stimulation should be just as happy as an outdoor cat." Your first sentence is a reasonable proposition. The word Big was auto corrected out of the article. Yes, several animal protection groups such as Alley Cat Allies and Best Friends have extensive information on helpful animal ordinances and laws. Once spending is authorized, a separate step occurs to actually appropriate, or provide, the funds. Authorization/Appropriations/Fiscal Notes – Budget concerns almost always exist. Many more pet owners visit animal shelters to search for their lost dogs than their lost cats, Kern said. I love cats. was found to occur. Have you paid the phone bill? If they are free willed wild animals, please let the humane society know. Reider said cat licensing is difficult to enforce in municipalities that have passed such ordinances, as many cats wander from house to house and multiple people feed them, Reider said. NOT! The cat is also welcome to eat any rabbits that are destroying my garden. @Billy--I have a cat who's been an indoor cat since she was born. I.e., if someone abuses a colony of cats, each cat harmed counts as a separate offense. 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