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Fifty dogs seized from puppy mill in Mio


Dogs will receive urgent medical care at emergency shelter

N-Puppy-mill2-webMio, Mich.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Field Investigations and Response team is assisting the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Department and Oscoda County Animal Control with the seizure of more than 50 dogs from a large, substandard, unlicensed breeding facility in Mio, Mich. The dogs were seized from the property Monday afternoon after warrants were served, and criminal charges are expected to follow. This investigation began after authorities received complaints of abuse and neglect at the facility.

N-Puppy-mill3-webThe dogs—ranging from English Bull Dogs to Schnauzers—were discovered living in small wire cages stacked in a crowded, filthy basement and in ramshackle outdoor pens. Most dogs had no access to food or water, and responders on the scene found many of the dogs to be unsocialized and fearful when handled by humans. The ASPCA believes the facility to be a puppy mill—a large-scale breeding operation designed to generate profits at the cost of the animals’ health and well-being.

“These dogs were living a very sad existence,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “While the puppies at breeding facilities are sold for profit, their parents are often kept there for years, subjected to incessant breeding and typically lacking routine veterinary care and basic socialization, resulting in a very poor quality of life. Our goal is to remove these dogs, help them become healthy, and find them homes once custody is determined by the court.”

“We hope this investigation will emphasize that cruelty will not be tolerated in Oscoda County or the surrounding counties,” said Andrew Thompson, Oscoda County Animal Control Officer. “We encourage the public to report any suspected cruelty to law enforcement or animal control.”

The dogs are being transported to a temporary shelter established by the ASPCA in an undisclosed location, where they will receive medical exams and veterinary care. ASPCA responders will care for the dogs at the temporary shelter until their custody is determined by the court. Additionally, the ASPCA is collecting forensic evidence and providing legal support to strengthen the case.

Other organizations assisting with the sheltering operation include Roscommon County Animal Shelter (Prudenville, Mich.), Quincy Humane Society (Quincy, Ill.), Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, Neb.) and Animal Rescue Foundation (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Michigan is among a minority of states without any regulation of puppy mills. The ASPCA urges state lawmakers to pass H.4898, a bill that would require large-scale dog breeders to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and to follow guidelines that would help ensure the humane treatment of dogs in these facilities. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade at www.aspca.org.

In 2013, the ASPCA seized more than 150 dogs from a puppy mill in Lake City, Mich. at the request of the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Over the past six years, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued thousands of dogs from puppy mills across the nation. Furthermore, the ASPCA’s Government Relations department has been active in promoting legislation at both the state and federal levels to strengthen regulations and raise minimum standards of care for dogs in puppy mills.


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Animal shelter selected for ASPCA challenge

What if the click of a mouse could save animals in Kent County? Recently, the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) submitted an application to compete in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge and their application was accepted! But they need your help to win the challenge.

In order for them to compete, they need members of the community to vote for them online. Out of more than one hundred shelters that applied, only the top 50 with the most votes will be allowed to compete. Voting runs from April 5- April 16th. Votes can be submitted at www.votetosavelives.org. Encourage your friends and family members to voice their support for KCAS so that we can save more animals! Voting takes less than a minute and you can submit a new vote every day.

The first time you vote, you need to check your email for a confirmation from the website that validates the email address and you have to reply to it. Once this is done the first time, you do not need to repeat for subsequent votes. Also, the same party voting from separate email addresses will not get credit for an extra vote.

The Kent County Animal Shelter says they will be challenged to come up with innovative ways to save at least 300 more dogs and cats within a three-month period (August 1 through October 31) than were saved during the same three months in 2011. A “save” is quantified as an adoption, a transfer, a reclaim, or when an Animal Control Officer returns a stray dog in the field. Prizes range between $5,000 and $125,000.



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