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Lawmakers push for law protecting animals left in vehicles

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Michigan lawmakers want to keep furry friends safe. They're looking at bigger fines and possible prison time for leaving a dog in the car.

Two Michigan lawmakers are making the push to change laws concerning pets left in the car to make it similar to laws surrounding unattended children.

"They definitely need to be punished and that for harming an animal of God's," said Kitty Blehm, Mid-Michigan resident.

Blehm doesn't think highly of anyone who hurts animals. She applauds a pair of bills that would make it a five year felony to leave a pet in an unattended car causing death.

The legislation was introduced to the state Senate. It's aimed at keeping animals safe.

"They can't talk to you and let you know that they're hurting or that they're hungry or whatever," Blehm said.

A state law is already in place when it comes to children left in cars. A tragic death would lead to a $10,000 fine and 15 years behind bars.

A far as Blehm is concerned, animals should be afforded the same protection.

"We put people in prison and that for harming a child and an animal is alive and it has feelings you know, just like a person does," Blehm said.

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