Resources for Law Enforcement Officials:
Emergency Assistance: 734-476-2552 (law enforcement officials only)
The Michigan Legislature has designated primary provisions related to cruelty to animals: intentional infliction of pain and suffering and duty to provide care. The intentional infliction of pain and suffering provision carries the most severe penalties for animal cruelty and a violation is automatically a felony. A violation of the duty to provide care provision is initially a misdemeanor, which becomes a felony for a second or subsequent violation.
See provisions in detail at MSU’s Animal Legal & Historical Center.
- MDA Licensed Shelter Facilities – Michigan – Listed by County
- Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart
- Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart – video
- Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart – printable
- Michigan Animal Laws
- 750.50 – Michigan’s standard animal cruelty statute, which includes horses:http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(z3ae2r55dkdehhj4ll530445))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-750-50.pdf
- 750.50b — the felony torture statute, which makes it an automatic felony to knowingly kill, torture, mutilate, maim, or disfigure an animal:http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(z3ae2r55dkdehhj4ll530445))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-750-50b.pdf
Resources for Horse Owners:
Rehoming A Horse – Don’t List ‘For Free’
Below is a list of sites to list a horse in need of a new home. A couple of the sites offer free ads to those looking to place a horse, but this does not mean you need to list your horse “for free,” and the MHWC very much advises against doing so. There are numerous active “kill buyers” throughout the state who have no problem lying to desperate owners in order to acquire free horses. Kill buyers make a profit by selling horses to other kill buyers or directly at auctions. These horses almost always end up in the slaughter pipeline.
If you are looking to adopt, please also visit our RESCUE page for links to Michigan rescue organizations.
- Dream Horse
- Equine Now
- Equine Hits
- Horse Topia
- New Horse
- MHWC Home2Home Emergency Equine Rescue Page (facebook)
Educational Links & Guides
If you witness suspected cruelty/neglect to animals, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1 if you’re unfamiliar with local organizations. Please see links below for contact info for each county. If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate.
If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also contact us.
Be sure to document the case as well as you can with dates, times, specific details and, if possible, footage and photographs from a cell phone. All of these things can help appropriate agencies during any investigation.
It might also be helpful to know the laws in Michigan pertaining to cruelty/neglect. Please click on the “Michigan Animal Laws” links above under Resources for Law Enforcement. In a nutshell, Michigan law requires that equines be provided “sufficient food, water, shelter, sanitary conditions, exercise, and veterinary medical attention in order to maintain an animal in a state of good health.” – mcl 750.50
MDA Licensed Shelter Facilities and Animal Control Offices – Michigan – Listed by County
Michigan Sheriff Offices – Listed by County
Other info: HSUS Report Cruelty Tips
National Horse Advocacy Organizations
- Habitat for Horses
- Homes for Horses Coalition
- HSUS Horse Resource Center
- Unwanted Horse Coalition
- ASPCA– Horses