A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, Margaret Ann Dimond pursued a degree in sociology and history before earning three graduate degrees, eventually receiving a doctorate from Michigan State University, where she serves as a graduate-level instructor. Apart from her work life, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the Michigan Humane Society.
The Michigan Humane Society recently urged supporters to call upon the state legislature to bolster laws governing animal cruelty and neglect. The laws on the books carry the ability for prosecutors to charge offenders with a felony, but the Humane Society says that, in some cases, even stronger punishments are appropriate, and courts should have the flexibility to implement them.
The organization also wants breeders, shop owners, and those who hoard animals to be held more accountable in terms of neglect. These situations present the possibility of significant animal populations being subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. With these things in mind, the Humane Society urges members to contact the Michigan House Law & Justice Committee to support HB 4332, which addresses these issues.
Margaret Ann Dimond teaches at Michigan State University, where she serves as an assistant professor and provides instruction in areas such as organizational and nonprofit administration. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the efforts of the Michigan Humane Society.
During the winter months, it is usually not good for pets to be left outside for extended time periods. While some animals can stay outside in near-zero temperatures, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all pet owners bring their pets inside for the winter. Under state law, pets that are left outside, even during non-winter months, must have access to necessities such as shelter, water, and food.
During the winter months, cats that typically roam around neighborhoods often seek warm places to hide. One popular spot for felines is in car engines, so be sure to check there before starting the car to make sure a cat hasn’t settled in there to stay warm. For family pets that stay outside, make sure their water supply remains unfrozen and check ears as well as paws regularly. If these body parts are pale, the animal may have frostbite and needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.