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I would like to know if there is a Michigan law imposing responsibility on a land / property owner for the care of an animal that belongs to someone else. That person owns the animals and has the responsibililty for caring for the horses. As far as I found under Michigan People v. Henderson the owner has the sole responsibility. I am the property owner and am being charges as if I were the owner.
I did give some assistance to her in feeding the animals, but that is where my "responsibilities" end.
Unfortunately, the law is quite broad. It allows charges to be brought against the owner, the person in charge of the animals, OR the possessor. Because the horses were on your land, the statute allows a construction that you were the possessor of the animals. As such, you can unfortunately also be charged with neglect.
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