Animal Support Backs New Michigan Law to Create Animal Abuse Registry

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Dr. Michael Omidi, Maria Abaca, and Julian Omidi, the co-founding trio of the charity Animal Support, have offered support to the creators of Logan’s Law, a bill that would require all animal abusers in Michigan to register with the state. The charity is also offering a reward to anyone who can provide a lead concerning the perpetrator of the attack on the bill's namesake.

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Logan’s Law, a Michigan initiative that requires all convicted animal abusers to be logged into a statewide registry, is endorsed by Animal Support and its co-founders, Dr. Michael Omidi, Maria Abaca, and Julian Omidi. The bill was created by Matt Faulk for his beloved Husky Logan that died following a cruel, unprovoked attack last year. In addition to supporting passage of the bill, Animal Support is also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of the person responsible for Logan’s attack and death.

Logan was killed in 2012 after an unidentified assailant threw a caustic chemical, likely battery acid, into the dog’s face. The proposed 'Logan's Law' bill stipulates fines and incarceration penalties for animal abuse convictions. Since Logan’s death, Falk and thousands of supporters have lobbied for this bill and generating more than 10,000 signatures in support of the proposed law. The bills were introduced to the state legislature and referred to the Judiciary committee on April 10, 2013.

Logan’s Law (http://www.loganslaw.com) requires that those convicted of a crime against animals pay a yearly fine to the registry, as well as update their current address. Proponents of connected bills HB4534 and HB4535 anticipate that the cost of maintaining the registry would be covered by the offenders’ yearly fines. While animal adoption centers would be required to check the registry before allowing animals to be adopted, animal retailers will be under no such legal obligation. Nonetheless, access to the registry would be open to everyone, and anyone privately selling animals is free to check the list before finalizing a sale. While the registry prevents animal abusers from adopting animals, it also levies a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail to any Humane Society official that allows the adoption of an animal to anyone on the registry.

Animal Support (http://www.animalsupport.org) is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi along with long-time friend Maria Abaca to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out Animal Support on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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