Senate Bills 285-86 would prohibit breeders and pet shop operators from abusing or neglecting animals.
The cat, nicknamed “Hope,” was found two weeks ago alongside a dumpster in Inkster with burns over half of her body.
A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry akin to one that shames and identifies sex offenders has been dropped by lawmakers.
People who abuse animals would face tougher penalties under legislation headed to the Senate floor.
The legislation would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph and social security number to local law enforcement.
A 56-year-old Michigan woman has received a 150-day jail sentence for killing three kittens.
Investigators with the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Animal Control officers have seized 10 horses from a warehouse on the city’s west side.
A Cohoctah Township woman with a history of animal-neglect complaints is again facing charges she neglected her horses.
A dog that authorities say was found frozen to the ground in Lansing in 2011 with its legs bound with heavy-duty electrical tape is getting a new home.
Authorities in southwestern Michigan say they’ve confiscated a pair of emaciated dogs found chained up outside an apparently vacant home.