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Logan's Law

Brittny K. Harris, Esq.

The Michigan Legislature recently passed "Logan's Law," which ensures that animal abusers would be prohibited from adopting pets from a shelter for 5 years after their conviction. Logan's Law was inspired by Logan, an 11-year-old husky who was attacked with acid in the middle of the night. The perpetrator was never found, and Logan sustained serious injuries that resulted in his untimely death a few days later.

As a result, animal lovers banded together in support of this legislation, which requires people convicted of animal abuse to sign up with the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) database, a state-wide registry. ICHAT is already used for general criminal backgrounds, and is easily accessed by both criminal justice personnel and the public. In addition, animal shelters and animal control organizations would be required to check ICHAT before finalizing an adoption, and if a person was convicted of an animal abuse offense within the past five years, they would be barred from adopting a pet.

Privatized Veterans Nursing Home Abuse

Dan Williams, Esq.

Even our Veterans, for whom we should have the most care and concern regarding long term care, are not free from the specter of mistreatment and neglect. The State's plan to privatize a Veterans Home in Grand Rapids in an attempt to save money appears to have backfired, as an audit demonstrated there was severe understaffing, and that many issues, including abuse, were not properly reported to required authorities. Sadly, these issues are true of many long term care facilities, but, there are ways to get compensation for a loved one who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or long term care facility.
Dan Williams of Fausone Bohn, LLP focuses on elder abuse issues. If you feel that you or your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, give us a call at (248) 380-0000.

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