Rep. Cole’s dog collar bill heads to governor

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Legislation prohibits the removal of collars from hunting dogs

The Michigan Senate approved yesterday state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to prohibit the removal of collars from hunting dogs.

“I am proud to sponsor House Bill 5215 with support from both chambers in the Legislature that will outlaw the removal of collars from hunting dogs,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona. “Certain organizations have used extreme measures to disrupt legal hound hunting and this bill will help protect hunting dogs and give their owners peace-of-mind during hunting season.”HB 5215 would make it a civil infraction with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for an individual other than the owner who removes the collar from the hunting dog.

“Taking the collar off of a hunting dog puts the animal at risk and lowers the chances for the owner finding the dog if the animal wonders off,” said Rep. Cole. “This legislation will aid in the assurance of safety for the dog and the owner, which is win-win all around.”

The Michigan House of Representatives approved HB 5215 with a concurrence vote and the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for approval.