Matt Pepper weighs in on controversial ruling

In January of 2016, five Detroit Police Officers and a Sargent entered a home as part of a drug raid. The two suspects who were squatting in the home had three dogs in the home with them. In executing the raid all three dogs were shot and killed. Police...

Making the case: Animals and law enforcement

MHS advocates for humans and animals through its law enforcement training program.  And when a court misinterprets Michigan law in a case involving animals and law enforcement, MHS advocates for a correct interpretation. In January 2015, MHS began developing a...

Matt Pepper’s Journal Entries from Houston (Part 2)

As Hurricane Harvey battered Southeast Texas, the Houston SPCA began reaching out to animal welfare organizations throughout the United States to the thousands of animals impacted by the deadly storm. On Monday, Sept. 4, the Michigan Humane Society answered the...

Matt Pepper’s Journal Entries from Houston (Part 1)

As Hurricane Harvey battered Southeast Texas, the Houston SPCA began reaching out to animal welfare organizations throughout the United States to the thousands of animals impacted by the deadly storm. On Monday, Sept. 4, the Michigan Humane Society answered the...

“No Kill” label divides shelters, diminishes impact

The term “no kill” is often thrown around by both animal welfare professionals and those who are passionate about saving pets. But what does it actually mean? Ask four different people and you will receive four different answers. The term “no kill” is inherently...

Responsible Pet Owners will Curb Dog Maulings

On June 17, a 10-year-old girl on Detroit’s east side was mauled by a pit bull while playing in the back yard of the home where the dog lived. She suffered horrific injuries. One can only imagine the fear and terror she felt as this happened and the scars, physically...

Crime Stoppers and Animal Cruelty

In June, the Michigan Humane Society and Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced a powerful and unique partnership that will result in a completely anonymous option for citizens to report animal cruelty. Now, animal cruelty calls received by Crime Stoppers will be...

MHS Loves Pit Bulls

This week, Montreal approved legislation banning pit bulls. Locally, the story of Diggy and the pit bull ban in Waterford Township made headlines. Michigan Humane Society’s position that such laws are ineffective and nearly impossible to enforce was bolstered when,...