Northville Township recently amended its own “dog at large” ordinance to reduce the offense from a 90-day-arrestable misdemeanor to a civil infraction for a first offense. Other places you’re not so lucky. Have you checked your local dog rules? Under Michigan law, the owner of any dog found to be “running at large” can be arrested and charged with a State misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail! An uncertain standard easily suspect to abuse of discretion. These seemingly “minor infractions” can carry tough unexpected penalties including a criminal conviction on your public record.