If You’re Cold They’re Cold: Michigan City Bans Treating Dogs Like Garbage

If you live in Eastpointe, Michigan and treat your dog like garbage, watch out—because new ordinances were recently passed focusing on keeping dogs safe. The ordinances, which are being called “some of the most progressive” in Michigan, address a range of issues related to animal protection and welfare, including a dog curfew and hobby breeding ban.

“These ordinances will not only improve the quality of life for the animals that call Eastpointe home, but also result in a more humane community overall,” vice president of field services for the Michigan Humane Society Andy Seltz said. “We’re very excited to see if the momentum of these ordinances passing will carry over into other communities in Michigan and help all of us create a safe haven for the animals we share our lives with.”

Around 4:40pm, ACO Pylar was dispatched to Toepfer Dr. and Virginia Ave. for a dog running at large. After a lengthy...

Posted by Eastpointe Police Animal Control Division on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Some of the key aspects of the new ordinance include:

  • It’s unlawful to leave or house a dog outside when the Michigan Weather Advisory predicts temperatures to drop below 43 degrees or rise above 82.
  • Housing a dog inside a garage or shed is banned.
  • Tethering a dog with a chain is unlawful.
  • Hobby breeding is banned.
  • No one may have more than one non-spayed female and one non-neutered male.

Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County’s chief animal control officer, said it’s important to discuss weather and shelter and ways to become more proactive, not reactive.

Eastpointe’s Chief Animal Control Officer Brian Pylar said he began working on the new and updated ordinance last year after researching and reviewing the calls he’s had since taking on the position in November 2018. Those calls included dogs being bred “like crazy” with puppies being found in bad shape and dogs being kept in garages. Pylar, who previously worked for Macomb County’s animal control, said while the state says a properly insulated garage or shed is adequate “a dog shouldn’t live in a garage. They’re companion animals.”

“I want to help prevent future cases,” Pyler emphasized, “act on things we couldn’t act on before.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi