Michigan Legislation Would Allow Courts to Order Defendants to Pay Restitution in Cases of Offenses Against Animals

Michigan House Bill 4703 proposes to allow courts in a case involving an offense against an animal victim to order the defendant to pay restitution for the costs of the investigation of the offense; costs of the prosecution; and costs of the seizure, care, housing, veterinary medical care, and disposition of the animal. The bill would also prohibit returning confiscated animal victims to defendants unless they are found not guilty and add several requirements related to animal seizure, forfeiture, and payment of security bonds.