February 18, 2016, Introduced by Rep. Kosowski and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


     A bill to prohibit leaving animals unattended in vehicles


under certain circumstances; to prescribe civil sanctions; to


authorize individuals to take certain actions to prevent harm to


animals; and to provide protection from civil liability for those






     Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the


"humane care for animals act".


     Sec. 2. As used in this act:


     (a) "Extreme heat" means an extremely high temperature, inside


or outside of a motor vehicle, that could endanger an animal's


health or well-being.


     (b) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation,


association, governmental entity, or other legal entity.


     (c) "Unattended vehicle" means a vehicle that is out of the


sight of the owner or operator.


     (d) "Vehicle" means that term as defined in section 79 of the


Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.79.


     Sec. 3. (1) An individual who is the owner or operator of a


vehicle shall not confine a dog or cat in an unattended vehicle in


extreme heat, endangering the health and well-being of the dog or




     (2) An individual who violates this section is responsible for


a state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of


not more than $100.00.


     Sec. 4. An individual who witnesses an act prohibited under


section 3 may contact a police officer, volunteer or professional


firefighter, animal control officer, security guard, or other first


responder. An individual contacted under this section may take any


action to safeguard the dog or cat, including, but not limited to,


breaking into the vehicle to remove the dog or cat from the vehicle


after a reasonable effort to search for the owner or operator of


the vehicle.


     Sec. 5. An individual who removes a dog or cat from a vehicle


under section 4 shall do both of the following:


     (a) Leave a note in the vehicle or in a conspicuous location


stating the individual's name and contact information and the


address where the dog or cat can be located.


     (b) Take the dog or cat to a veterinary hospital or animal


clinic for treatment and health screening.


     Sec. 6. A police officer, volunteer or professional


firefighter, animal control officer, security guard, or other first


responder and the person that employs the individual or for which


the individual is a volunteer are not liable for any damage to


property that results from action taken under this act.


     Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the


date it is enacted into law.