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The State of Michigan has made a concerted effort to protect seniors from exploitation, both physical and financial. As part of that protection, it is sometimes necessary to obtain a personal protection order (PPO) for an elderly person. A PPO can forbid someone from entering the senior's home or making threats of harm against them.

Recognizing that a family pet can be a great source of comfort and companionship for an elderly adult, the Michigan Legislature recently amended the PPO laws. Effective August 1, 2016, a PPO can now forbid a person from:

  • injuring or threatening to injure another person's animal
  • taking the animal from its owner's possession
  • retaining possession of the animal

This law makes it very easy to show that someone has "ownership" of an animal. All that is required is that the person keep the animal, care for the animal or allow the animal to remain on or about the place where the person lives.