An animal control official in western Michigan is objecting to a proposal that could require her staff to obtain a search warrant to investigate animal abuse.

Ionia County Animal Control Director Carly Quinn told commissioners that animals "are going to suffer" if a warrant is necessary to investigate what's happening on fenced properties. She says everything can't be seen from the road.

The Daily News says the topic became a hot issue at a county meeting Tuesday.

Commissioner Chris Bredice says an animal control officer should face the same rules as a police officer who needs a warrant to search a property. Another commissioner, Scott Wirtz, says the constitution is more important to him than animal rights. He says he doesn't want residents to suffer.

Copyright 2019 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.