Full Statute Name:  Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated. Chapter 750. Michigan Penal Code. The Michigan Penal Code. Chapter IX. Animals. 750.53. Arrest of persons and seizure of animals

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Primary Citation:  M.C.L.A. 750.53 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2015 Alternate Citation:  MI ST 750.53 Date Adopted:  1931

This statute provides that a person violating any of the animal cruelty statutes may be arrested without warrant, similar to the arrest of those found disturbing the peace.  Further, the official making the arrest has a duty to seize the animals involved and place them in the custody of the jurisdiction.

Statute Text: 


Sec. 53. Persons found violating any of the provisions of the preceding sections of this chapter may be arrested and held without warrant, in like manner as in the case of persons found breaking the peace, and it shall be the duty of the person making the arrest to seize all animals and fowls found in the keeping or custody of the person arrested, and which are then being used, or held for use in violation of any of the provisions of the preceding sections of this chapter, and the person making such seizure shall cause such animals or fowls to be at once delivered to a poundmaster of the city, village or township in which the same may be, and it shall be the duty of such poundmaster to receive such animals or fowls, and to hold the same and proceed in regard to them in all respects as provided by law in other cases of animals impounded.


P.A.1931, No. 328, § 53, Eff. Sept. 18.
C.L.1948, § 750.53.
C.L.1970, § 750.53.


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