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Leaving Pets in a Hot Car Could Soon Lead to Felony Charges in Michigan

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Two Michigan lawmakers have introduced bills that would make it a felony to leave your pet in a hot car causing death.

Sen. Rick Jones and Sen. Curtis Hertel recently introduced the bills.

Under the bill, offenders wouldn’t be charged immediately with a felony if their pet survives being trapped inside of a hot car.

If you leave a pet in a car and it is suffering, it could lead to a $350 fine and a misdemeanor charge, if the pet is severely injured it would be a $1,000 fine and a misdemeanor, if the pet dies the charge rises to a felony.

Further discussion on the bills is expected to happen later this month.

Click here to view Senate Bill 0930 and click here to view Senate Bill 0931.

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