With a new year comes new bills and laws including one that will protect pets here in Michigan.

A new bill in Michigan will now protect pets and inform shelters on animal abusers. The bill allows Michigan animal shelters to use the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (otherwise known as ICHAT) to determine if someone has a history of animal abuse before adopting.

The new bill passed in December with strong bipartisan support and although adopters aren't required to have a background check shelters can use the tool to help keep pets safe.

Source: Freep.com