first_imgBrann’s legislation was supported by added testimony from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan Humane Society.Brann’s two bills advance to the House for its consideration. Categories: Brann News,News 30May Committee approves Rep. Brann bills to improve pet protectionscenter_img The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation to improve protections for companion pets, sponsored by state Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming.Under House Bill 4332, it would be a crime to knowingly torture, mutilate or kill an animal with the intent to cause mental distress to or exert control over a person. The legislation would create first-, second- and third-degree offenses, partnering with HB 4333 to update sentencing guidelines of up to 10 years imprisonment.“Justice should include family pets because they could be used for manipulation or harm just like our loved ones on two legs,” Brann said. “As a pet lover myself, it pains me that animal abuse continues to be a growing a problem in Michigan and we absolutely need to address it. I anticipate that this legislation will be a solution to address this awful problem.”last_img