animal rights http://michiganradio.org en The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem http://michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-understaffed-its-stray-animal-problem <p>The question of how many stray animals are in Detroit has been talked about ever since Bloomberg News put out this piece with the typical "Detroit is a hellhole" headline:</p><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/abandoned-dogs-roam-detroit-in-packs-as-humans-dwindle.html" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle</strong></em></a></p><p>Chris Christoff&nbsp;reported that the city had "as many as 50,000 stray dogs."</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-nowhere-close-50000-stray-dogs-detroit">Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported</a> that other groups said there's no question that the number has been "wildly inflated."</p><p>Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society estimated there were between 1,000 to 3,000 stray dogs in the city.</p><p>Now, yet another estimate has been published.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:59:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16283 at http://michiganradio.org The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-animal-abuser-registry-dropped-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry has been dropped by lawmakers over concerns about cost and other issues.<br><br>Instead, the state could soon require that criminal background checks be done on every would-be pet adopter at Michigan animal shelters. The $10 fee for each check could be waived for shelters.<br><br>Judges would have to order defendants convicted of crimes against animals not to own animals for at least five years.<br> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:40:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13818 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan Michigan lawmakers propose animal abuse registry http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-propose-animal-abuse-registry <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - People convicted of animal abuse would be required to register with local law enforcement and prohibited from adopting animals under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House.<br><br>Republican Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit introduced legislation last week that would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph and social security number to local law enforcement.<br><br>People would remain on the registry for five years and would be required to pay an annual fee of $250.<br> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12133 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers propose animal abuse registry The Wonder Years http://michiganradio.org/post/wonder-years-story-about-being-kind-animals <p>April is prevention of cruelty to animals month. Michigan based writer, Wade Rouse shares a story about why it&rsquo;s a month of note for him.</p><p>Over the last year,&nbsp; Rouse has been sharing stories about his life, the holidays and other days of significance on the calendar.</p><p>You can find his stories in his book titled, <em>It&rsquo;s All Relative &ndash; Two families, three dogs, 34 holidays, and 50 boxes of wine&hellip;a memoir<strong>. </strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:39:41 +0000 Wade Rouse 7042 at http://michiganradio.org The Wonder Years Tiger cub exhibit called off at West Michigan mall http://michiganradio.org/post/tiger-cub-exhibit-called-west-michigan-mall <p>A newspaper reports a tiger cub exhibit has closed at a Grand Rapids mall after public complaints and a planned protest. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/12/threat_of_protest_closes_tiger.html">The Grand Rapids Press reported Friday</a> that mall officials canceled the touring display that allows shoppers to play with and be photographed with the cubs for a price.</p><p>Sarah Hale tells the newspaper she had planned a protest for Saturday against the exhibit but called it off.</p> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:29:06 +0000 The Associated Press 5456 at http://michiganradio.org Tiger cub exhibit called off at West Michigan mall Michigan Humane Society's kill rate questioned http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-humane-societys-kill-rate-questioned <p>Two board members of the Michigan Humane Society have resigned over questions about the number of animals the agency euthanizes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110608/METRO/106080351/1409/METRO/Michigan-Humane-Society-board-members-resign-over-euthanasia-rate">Detroit News</a> reports that Cheryl Phillips of Northville and Lee Lein of Ann Arbor resigned Monday questioning whether the Michigan Humane Society is doing enough to prevent stray animals from being euthanized.</p><p>From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>The society&#39;s kill rate was about 70 percent in 2010... with locations in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland, the Michigan Humane Society is among the largest in the nation. It operates with a $12 million<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>budget and took in more than 29,000 animals last year, Vice President Mike Robbins said, with about 51 percent of the animals coming from Detroit.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>The News reports that Phillips said the society wasn&#39;t clearly revealing how many animals were being killed, and she wanted a third party to review the agency&#39;s practices, but her proposal was rejected.</p><p>At Monday&#39;s board meeting she resigned and released a statement that read, in part:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I doubt that our funders would be happy with a &#39;100 percent healthy adoption rate&#39; if they knew that behind the scenes, fewer than 7,000 of the 24,000 total intakes were actually adopted, and more than 17,000 animals were &#39;classified&#39; as untreatable by MHS management &hellip; and were killed,&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Humane Society&#39;s director of operations and its chief veterinarian defended the agency&#39;s kill rate. From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106080355">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>C.J. Bentley, director of operations, said the numbers are high because the facility accepts animals regardless of origin or condition. Dr. Robert Fisher, the humane society&#39;s chief veterinarian, said animals with terminal or major medical issues are often not adoptable and that &quot;what the public is willing to accept in their homes&quot; helps determine an animal&#39;s fate.</p></blockquote><p>The Freep reports that in 2010 the Michigan Humane Society took in 13,725 cats and kittens - 70% were euthanized. And in 2010 the agency took in 11,191 dogs and puppies - 68% were euthanized.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Brush 2801 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Humane Society's kill rate questioned