Mi-PACA: Michigan's Political Action Committee for Animals

Mi-PACA: Michigan's Political Action Committee for Animals Michigan's Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA) creates dynamic voting blocs of animal welfare advocates dedicated to electing representatives.

Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals welcomes all Michigan residents qualified to vote. Our work focuses on a singular objective — creating a dynamic, growing voting bloc of animal welfare advocates to elect those who support animal protection. Mi-PACA's goal is to make significant changes for companion animals in each Michigan municipality and to bring real change to every corner of our state. How? By organizing Michigan voters into voting blocs by county. The PAC then keeps those blocs informed as to how their elected officials vote on animal welfare issues of real interest to them. Mi-PACA will contact voting bloc members: 1. with endorsements of elected officials prior to the primaries and the general election 2. when there is a hot animal issue taking place in their community and their voice is needed 3. when calls or letters are needed to show support or opposition for pending animal welfare legislation at the federal, state, county or local levels CONTACT US: 29193 Northwestern Highway #764 Southfield, MI 48034 DONATE TO Mi-PACA: http://www.oaklandpetadvocates.org/#!donate/ctzx BE HEARD: Support Mi-PACA by completing a brief survey: http://bit.ly/130Iqv3

Mission: To improve the lives of animals in the state of Michigan by endorsing elected officials who support shelter reform and animal protection legislation.

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MICHIGAN: Urge your senator to keep House Bill 4035 moving forwardTime is running out to help Michigan dogs! House Bill ...
11/12/2020

MICHIGAN: Urge your senator to keep House Bill 4035 moving forward

Time is running out to help Michigan dogs! House Bill 4035, which would end breed discrimination in municipalities across the state, has passed the House, but still needs to be heard in the Senate before the current legislative session comes to a close at the end of the year.

If you believe responsible owners that follow the right safety rules should be allowed to own any breed of dog they choose, tell your senator you support House Bill 4035. Twenty-two U.S. states have taken similar steps to end breed discrimination; with your help, Michigan will be next!

UPDATE: Julie Alexander’s office is stating that they have not heard from Michigan residents regarding these concerns. P...
10/19/2020
State Representative Julie Alexander

UPDATE: Julie Alexander’s office is stating that they have not heard from Michigan residents regarding these concerns. Perhaps we all need to call daily since they aren’t getting the messages.

MICHIGAN: your voice is needed now! State Representative Julie Alexander, who is up for re-election, is holding hostage ALL animal welfare bills, refusing to call them for hearings so that they can get a vote and move on.

These are critical animal protection bills that would ban declawing, devocalization, debarking, tail docking, ear cropping, pet leasing, private ownership of primates, painful experimentation on dogs and funding for dog experimentation, as well as bills that support TNR and community cat programs, adoption of dogs used in laboratories and amends when dogs can be outside in extreme weather.

Please contact her office ASAP. Urge her to please do her job and call the following bills: 4496, 4594, 4593/4641/6009, 4596, 5090, 5273, 5508 and 5577.

State Representative Julie Alexander must STOP using animals as a political tool. They deserve better. Be their voice and speak for them. If you don't, who will?

Phone: (517) 373-1795

Email: [email protected]

Voters in the City of Jackson, Concord, Hanover, Napoleon, Parma, Pulaski, Sandstone, Summit and Spring Arbor Townships should vote for ​Dr. Sandra Hofman-Kingston (@HofmanKingston) this November. You and your animals deserve real representation in Lansing. Right now, you're getting zero.

State Representative for Jackson County, Michigan

09/29/2020

MICHIGAN RESCUE GROUPS: Sen. Lucido tries to pass SB 419, regulating animal rescues without animal welfare expert input, while he thinks no one is paying attention.

SB 419 is Senator Peter Lucido’s bill. He will try to push it through during the lame duck session. Lucido represents the 8th district, which includes Mt. Clemens, St. Clair Shores, Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Bruce Twp., Chesterfield Twp., Harrison Twp., Lenox Twp., Ray Twp., Shelby Twp., Washington Twp., New Haven, and Romeo in Macomb County.

If you live in one of these areas, your voice has even greater impact. Please immediately contact Lucido's office at [email protected] or by phone at (855) 347-8008 and tell them you oppose SB 419 as it stands. Please urge his office to work with animal welfare organizations, such as Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, to remedy the bill so that it protects animals without unfairly persecuting those who rescue them.

Read the full text of SB 419 at https://files.constantcontact.com/f45baf9f001/6267fe4a-a9dd-42c8-a6b4-4a6983380477.pdf.

Be their voice. Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Tell your Senator and Representative along with Senator Lucido that you are concerned, that you oppose the current bill and want to see it amended.

ST CLAIR COUNTY: Congratulations on hiring a seasoned animal welfare professional as the new director of St. Clair Count...
08/30/2020

ST CLAIR COUNTY: Congratulations on hiring a seasoned animal welfare professional as the new director of St. Clair County animal care and control. The community welcomes and fully supports Director Miller and her mission to instill best practices and compassionate, humane policies for world-class animal care in St. Clair County.

Please join us in welcoming Melissa Miller to the position of Director - St. Clair County Animal Care and Control.

Prior to this position, Director Miller served as the very first transformational, humane animal care director of Detroit Animal Control, as well as Shelter Operations Manager for The Humane Society of the United States where she set up and managed emergency shelters in challenging circumstances, such as natural disasters and large-scale cruelty situations, including hoarding, puppy mill and dog fighting seizures. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and speaks nationally on animal behavior and sheltering best practices.

Director Miller co-founded and served as Director of Operations for Dog Aide, a community outreach non-profit organization that coordinates support and resources for dogs and their owners in need. Director Miller brings to this role a passion and commitment to community engagement and education, as well as animal welfare and humane care standards. We are extremely excited for SCC under Director Miller's leadership.

02/16/2020
Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

YPSILANTI: Animal Cruelty Investigators from the Humane Society of Huron Valley seize animals from Pet City Pets in Ypsilanti Township. Michigan hasn't had a pet store seizure since Greenwood Pets & Plants (2013) and Pet Station (2012). Only 13 more puppy stores to go!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dead and Sick Puppies Seized from Ypsilanti Pet Store

February 14, 2020 (Ann Arbor, MI) – Animal Cruelty Investigators from the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) seized seven puppies, over 40 reptiles, and dozens of small mammals from Pet City Pets in Ypsilanti Township. Unfortunately, two of the seven puppies were deceased by the time investigators arrived. The animals were taken on a search warrant based on an anonymous tip alleging there were sick puppies being hidden on the premises who were not receiving veterinary care. Some of the other animals were seized based on alleged poor condition.

HSHV has confirmed Parvovirus in the sick and recently deceased puppies. Parvovirus is a serious, painful infectious gastrointestinal disease that can be fatal -- particularly without proper treatment. Other puppies may have contracted the virus but are not yet showing symptoms. Testing cannot detect illness until dogs are symptomatic. All of the puppies are currently quarantined at HSHV and are being provided with needed medical treatment and care. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

“There have been many complaints about Pet City Pets over the years. This is a terribly sad situation for all of the animals. Puppies are at risk for Parvovirus. That’s a fact. The concern here is what kind of veterinary care the puppies received, what was done to stop the spread of disease to other puppies, and what standard of care the rest of the animals were receiving,” said HSHV’s COO, Matt Schaecher.

“Pet City Pets is one of just a few pet stores still existing in Michigan. Pet stores have fallen out of favor because they nearly always source their puppies from puppy mills, and it is well known that puppy mills commit routine and systemic cruelty. Generally speaking, pretty much anytime you mix pure profit motive with animals, the result is needless animal suffering. Of course, we prefer that folks adopt and help save an innocent life, rather than buy puppies. But if you can’t find what you are looking for at a shelter, we advise going to a responsible breeder and, as always, doing your homework beforehand. Seeing where and how the puppies and their parents are cared for helps avoid inadvertently supporting cruelty,” added Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO.

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Welch,
HSHV Communications Director 734.661.3527,
cell: 626.318.5055
[email protected]

UPDATE: Way to go, Michiganders! You knocked it out of the park and the anti-declaw bill now has 21 co-sponsors! We will...
02/12/2020

UPDATE: Way to go, Michiganders! You knocked it out of the park and the anti-declaw bill now has 21 co-sponsors! We will let you know when your voice is needed next to move this bill through and to the governor's desk!

MICHIGAN: Your voice is needed now. A week from today on Wednesday, Feb. 19, State Representative Nate Shannon will introduce a bill to ban declawing surgery in Michigan. We need your help to get this critically important bill introduced and passed!

Please contact your Michigan state representative TODAY and ask him or her to please sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. Representatives must sign-up as a co-sponsor by Wednesday the 19th. Without co-sponsors, especially Republicans, this bill will not move.

Please call and email your Representative today and tomorrow morning and ask them to sign on to Rep. Shannon's bill to make Michigan a safer place for cats!

You can find your state representative at this link:
https://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindaRep.aspx

STRONGLY SUPPORT:  HB 5090, which bans the use of dogs in cruel experiments at publicly funded institutions.HB 5090 addr...
11/12/2019

STRONGLY SUPPORT: HB 5090, which bans the use of dogs in cruel experiments at publicly funded institutions.

HB 5090 addresses painful and useless experiments on dogs, like those done at Wayne State University since 1991. Records show that many of the dogs either die during the experiments or are later killed.

The research, subjecting the dogs to multiple, invasive surgeries, has cost $11 million to date. Meanwhile, no progress on the results of such experiments has been provided.

HB 5090 would prohibit public institutions from using dogs in cruel and invasive experiments and would help ensure that tax dollars are used for human-relevant research.

We know today that research on animals for human medicine is not only inhumane, but unreliable, and that effective, ethical alternatives now exist. Please contact your Michigan State Representative today and urge them to support HB 5090.

Find your representative here: https://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindaRep.aspx

MICHIGAN LOCALS MOVING IN WRONG DIRECTION: the City of Southfield and the Township of Bloomfield this week chose to sign...
11/08/2019

MICHIGAN LOCALS MOVING IN WRONG DIRECTION: the City of Southfield and the Township of Bloomfield this week chose to sign contracts with the notorious Oakland County Animal Control instead of accepting no-cost privatization proposals from non-profit animal welfare organizations.

In both cases, the municipalities received no-cost proposals from non-profit animal rescues in Michigan to take over care and services of their defunct animal control operations. Instead, both municipalities chose to contract with Oakland County, infamous for its kill policies on community cats and its open discrimination of dogs who they identify as being of certain breeds, such as American bulldogs, rottweilers, shepherds, pit bull-type dogs and the list goes on and on. Both municipalities have a history of their own discrimination and bias of specific dogs and breeds, so the poor decision-making by the administrative officials is not terribly surprising.

To the residents of these municipalities: if your pet is lost, you have VERY little time to reclaim them from Oakland County before they are potentially killed or held in a cage for a year or more due to breed label. Double check your fences. Make sure your pets are wearing ID tags. Verify that your contact information is current on all microchips. Know that you and your pets have lost all animal care programs and services in your community.

10/30/2019

OPPOSE SB 419: on Thursday, October 31, the Michigan Senate Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on SB 419, which requires rescue organizations to hand over the names and private, personal home addresses of all foster care homes to the state, which will then hand over the names and addresses to local animal control officers.

We see this overreach as an invasion of privacy that will negatively impact legitimate animal rescue organizations and will do nothing to curb the behavior by bad actors, those who claim to be a rescue when they are not.

Please contact Senator Peter Lucido at (517) 373-7670 and also email [email protected] and professionally and courteously ask him to remove the portion of the bill that requires personal foster care home addresses to be provided to the state and to local animal control. If that requirement is removed, the animal welfare community in Michigan can support SB 419.

10/30/19 UPDATE: Senate Bill 419, a bill to regulate animal rescues and their foster care homes, has a hearing tomorrow....
10/29/2019

10/30/19 UPDATE: Senate Bill 419, a bill to regulate animal rescues and their foster care homes, has a hearing tomorrow. In it's current form, we OPPOSE this bill as being detrimental to the continued operation of legitimate animal rescues.

Here are the significant changes from the original version:

1. Michigan rescues must register with the state and provide the names and addresses of all foster care homes to the state. The state will then share those names and addresses with your local animal control. Mandatory inspections of foster care homes have been removed.

2. Requirement to have a contract with animal control to pick up a stray has been removed.

OPPOSE SB 419: on Thursday, October 31, the Michigan Senate Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on SB 419, which requires rescue organizations to hand over the names and private, personal home addresses of all foster care homes to the state, which will then hand over the names and addresses to local animal control officers.

We see this overreach as an invasion of privacy that will negatively impact legitimate animal rescue organizations and will do nothing to curb the behavior by bad actors, those who claim to be a rescue when they are not.

Please contact Senator Peter Lucido at (517) 373-7670 and also email [email protected] and professionally and courteously ask him to remove the portion of the bill that requires personal foster care home addresses to be provided to the state and to local animal control. If that requirement is removed, the animal welfare community in Michigan can support SB 419.

You may also voice your concerns to the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee:
Kevin Daley (R) Chair
Roger Victory (R) Vice Chair
Dan Lauwers (R)
Jim Ananich (D) Minority Vice Chair
Dayna Polehanki (D)

Committee Clerk | 517-373-1721

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10/30/19 UPDATE: Senate Bill 419 has a hearing tomorrow. The committee is looking for feedback on whether or not you support or oppose the Bill. Here are the significant changes from the original version:

1. Michigan rescues must register with the state and provide the names and addresses of all foster care homes to the state. The state will then share those names and addresses with your local animal control. Mandatory inspections of foster care homes have been removed.

2. Requirement to have a contract with animal control to pick up a stray has been removed.

MICHIGAN RESCUERS: today Senator Peter J. Lucido YOUR State Legislator introduced SB 419, which will require all individuals and organizations that rescue animals and provide foster care to homeless animals to be registered and inspected by the state. The bill was written by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD and Michigan Humane Society.

Note that backyard breeders and shelter foster care homes are exempt.

ACTION REQUIRED:
1. Contact your Michigan state senator and ask that should the bill come before him or her to please vote No. Right now the bill has been referred to the Michigan Senate Committee on Agriculture, so if your senator sits on that committee, he or she will have first crack at changes. Find your state senator: https://senate.michigan.gov/

2. Contact Senator Lucido's office and ask that they please work with and meet with the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) to incorporate critical changes that must be adopted prior to passage. Note that MPFA is the ONLY third-party, non-profit organization in Michigan that works directly with animal rescues.

Justin Carpenter, Legislative Aide, 517-373-7670
Office of the Majority Whip, Senator Peter Lucido
[email protected] and [email protected]
Representing the 8th Senate District of Mt. Clemens, St. Clair Shores, Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Bruce Twp., Chesterfield Twp., Harrison Twp., Lenox Twp., Ray Twp., Shelby Twp., Washington Twp., New Haven, and Romeo in Macomb County

HIGHLIGHTS OF SB 419:
The bill defines an "ANIMAL RESCUE" as a person that acquires an animal through purchase, adoption, owner, surrender, or any other means for the purpose of finding the animal a new home and that maintains the animal in a foster care home.

The bill defines a "Person" as an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental entity, or other legal entity.

The bill defines a "Foster Care Provider" as a person that provides care or rehabilitation to an animal in a foster home through an affiliation with an animal rescue.

The bill defines a "Foster Home" as a private residential dwelling and its surrounding grounds, or a facility and its surrounding grounds, at which care or rehabilitation is provided to an animal through an affiliation with an animal rescue.

We want to know what you think. Will this legislation help get to the heart of the problem in the rescue world? Shutting down hoarders and vigilantes who steal pets? Will it help raise the standards of operation and care?

Read the bill and weigh in.

You can read the bill here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2019-SIB-0419.htm

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This shelter needs to be stopped. A heathly cat killed the moment she was left at the shelter https://m.facebook.com/groups/811729542496198?view=permalink&id=946314685704349
Here's another issue in Ann Arbor MI: The City Council contracted with a company to perform hysterectomies on female deer, "in the field." I don't know if the does are even given anesthesia. They say they are doing this because just shooting the deer does not reduce the population permanently. I had a hysterectomy and even with good medical care it took a long time to recover - and I did it voluntarily. How can they justify just capturing these animals and removing their wombs?
Can you post who you support in Oakland County?
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Hi everyone! This is Louis, Jimmy Burbar and I’s 11 month old maltese/sh*tzu baby. On momday we took him into Petsmart Grooming in Northville on 6 mile and hagerty road. He usually takes about 2 hours to get groomed, so when he wasnt ready within two and a half hours, we called the grooming salon to see when he would be ready for pickup. They told us that he was almost finished but he had gotten stressed out with the clippers by his face so they had to give him time to rest before cutting him again. We took him home and two days later we received a call from Petsmart management that there was an incident involving a dog in the store and they believe the dog involved was Louis. They said that a customer had posted on social media acusing the groomer of abusing out dog Louis. We later learned that the groomer was yelling and screaming at our dog, that she had smacked him and he spun around the table. She then yanked Louis off the table and stormed off to the back room where she threw Louis in a cage and slammed the door behind him. He could be heard yelping and crying in the back room. We asked to see video of the incident but it was not available because Petsmart does not have cameras in their grooming facilities. They told us that the groomer claimed our dog had bit her. After days of “investigation” internally the manage for southeast michigan told us that there was no evidence of wrongdoing, even though all the employees witnessed the beating and agrees with the witness’s story. We dont know what to do. Our energetic, licky Louis is a different dog. Hes shaky and scared and growls at us when hes feeling defensive. We trusted Petsmart with our baby and they abused him. Please do not take your dogs to Petsmart. We now know they do not care at all about the wellbeing of dogs. Without cameras, we can never know what is happening there when we drop off our fur babies for haircuts. We love Louis so much and he is such a sweetie and loves every person he meets. He did not deserve to be abused! Dont tAke your pets to Petsmart! Please share to prevent other dogs from having the same experience!
I live in Taylor, the city has "booted" it's volunteer group TASKK from the shelter. The mayor can't seem to find a reason. First it was because of a disagreement, now it's accounting issues. The group raised $33000.00 and another 8000.00 plus in bottle returns. People are outraged. Many people attended the Feb. 6th council meeting, very few people got to speak. Many more wanted too, but they closed the discussion down. They, the city and shelter are asking people to share posts. Yet some are being reported to Facebook for copyright infringement. It seems to be a money issue. They pick and choose what part of the charter to follow. The charter needs to be changed. All monetary donations go to city general fund. TASKK has been there since 2016 and has greatly improved conditions there. They have saved countless animals that the city would have disposed of. The budget for the shelter from the city is $18000.00. This doesn't cover the cost of food. The mayor said it could be ammened. The volunteers had to ask the public for food and litter. The ACO's are also ordinance officers, they are out writing citations. Who is taking care of the animals? They are rude to most people who come in. They auction off animals to the highest bidder. The shelter recently adopted a dog to a woman from Canada. She actually went to different shelters and left the country with 5 dogs. A different adopter told someone at the shelter that the dog was for breeding. You sign a contract with them to spay/neuter. No one follows up on this. So adopted animals are not being fixed. I believe that the city is interested in the money, and not concerned about the animals. Two people at the shelter will decide what animal will get treatment. TASKK spent the money raised and donated to vet animals that required extensive care. We believe adorable animals will be pts for medical reasons. There is reason to believe that the shelter has kennel cough and "auctioned" off sick puppies recently. The volunteers truly cared, the workers don't. I don't know if you can help make a change, but the 13k followers of TASKK want one. How do we go about getting the change we want? Can you please help us? Thank you for reading my post.
Blendena, Thank you for reaching out to my office in opposition to HR 154 and for your advocacy on this important issue. Please know I am against this resolution and plan to oppose it should it come before me for a vote in the House. Best, Tom Tom Cochran State Representative Michigan House District
Some great news for community cats across the country today.
Do you have your copy yet? These 77 page booklets are free from your state rep. He or she will paste her contact information on the bottom right. This is a great resource for figuring out who is who and what is what in Lansing.
HELP: We know an animal caucus within either party would be great. I talked to Jim Ellison, our Royal Oak rep in Lansing, and he promised to talk to Brandon Dillon, the Democratic Party chair. But we need to show an interest. Ellison is a dog lover who opposed a pitt bull ban in Royal Oak, but neither Ellison or Dillion will work for an animal caucus unless they know interest is there. "State Rep. Jim Ellison" and Toll Free: (866) 585-2471 Brandon Dillon: (517) 371-5410 [email protected]
Does anyone know if an animal caucus in the Michigan Democratic party is still possible. I just found this article..