HB 4478: PASSED!
Allow victims of domestic violence to include their animals in personal protection orders (PPOs)
May 3, 2016
We are thrilled to report that House Bill 4478 has passed the House and Senate and was approved by the Governor on May 3, 2016. This new law allows victims of domestic violence to include their animals in personal protection orders (PPOs), which will protect both humans and the animals they love from domestic violence.
This new law is critically important to protect people and animals in Michigan, and the Michigan Humane Society consistently testified in support of the bill as it made its way through the legislature. We are grateful to Rep. Kosowski for introducing it and to the overwhelming majority of Representatives and Senators who voted in support of it.
And we also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who helped spread the word and contacted your elected officials in Lansing and encouraged them to vote in support of this bill!
As a result of these efforts, Michigan now joins the growing number of states that allow animals to be included in PPOs. This is a tremendous win for people and animals in our state!
Whether or not you contacted your elected officials previously in regard to HB 4478, please consider taking a moment to thank them for passing this important legislation. To find your elected officials, please visit http://www.michiganhumane.org/get-involved/advocate-animal-legislation/michigan-legislators.html.
Thank you again!