LANSING, Mich. -

A proposed bill in the state Senate would require animal shelters to run criminal background checks on people wanting to adopt animals -- to make sure they haven't been convicted of any animal abuse charges.

The package of bills would also prohibit someone convicted of animal abuse from adopting an animal for at least five years. Breeders would not be required to do background checks.

READ: Senate Bill No. 378

One of the bills started out requiring the development of an animal abuse registry, but that ended up being too costly.