Monthly Archives: January 2019

Veterinarian Bruce Langlois Trial to Proceed: Michigan Supreme Court Decision Paves Way For Felony Trial

Bruce Langlois, a registered sex offender and former Lowell, Michigan veterinarian who lost his license in 2015 for negligence, incompetence and “lack of good moral character,’’will finally face a criminal trial in Huron County Circuit Court stemming from charges filed nearly two years ago by then-Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Langlois was charged on March 1, 2017 with three felony counts of Unauthorized Practice of Veterinary Medicine for allegedly presenting himself as a licensed veterinarian and practicing veterinary medicine with a suspended veterinary license.  Each charge is punishable by up to five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000. Langlois was also charged as a habitual offender -3rd Offense. Click here for the rest of the story.

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Former Governor Snyder Vetoed Puppy Mill Bills on Way Out of Office

A local lawmaker’s legislation concerning the regulation of pet shops has been vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. House Bills 5916 and 5917 were proposed by Handy Township Republican State Representative Hank Vaupel, a retired veterinarian.

He believed the bills would prevent Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, or so-called “puppy mills”. Vaupel said the legislation would also prohibit pet shops from buying puppies from large-scale breeders that are not licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  However controversy arose in regards to a provision that would prevent municipalities from banning pet shops. Both local and state-level Humane Society officials testified earlier this month against that portion, saying it would create a myriad of problems as local officials are on the front line of inspecting pet shops and enforcing animal cruelty laws. Click here for the rest of the story.