Unlicensed dogs get new leash on life in Michigan


By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Michigan residents — and their dogs — soon will benefit from actions taken in response to news stories and oversight of school officials and laws in the state.

A 95-year-old dog law that required sheriffs to kill unlicensed dogs finally is being repealed, and the secretary of state’s office said taxpayers in Traverse City are due a refund on an illegal mailing the school district sent out in 2012. Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the dog law story and brought statewide exposure to the school bond mailing issue.

The Michigan House and Senate unanimously voted to put an end to the 1919 dog law. The law required county sheriffs to kill unlicensed canines and was originally written to deal with widespread problems with rabies.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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