animal adoptions

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hope to pass bills by the end of the year meant to crack down on animal cruelty. Michigan is in the minority of states that do not have laws on the books limiting so-called “puppy mills” – and it’s the only one in the Midwest.

Now legislators want to provide Michigan’s online background check system, I-CHAT, to animal shelters for free to offset costs of doing background checks on potential animal adopters.