Animal Shelters, Homeless Pets Get Boost from MDARD Grants

In the end of December, The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Animal Welfare Fund grants. This year, MDARD will distribute $80,000 to 16 registered animal shelters throughout the state to support the spaying and neutering of shelter dogs and cats to help them be more adoptable. Grants also help support many anti-cruelty and proper care programs and training around the state. Registered shelters can also receive assistance through the grant program for the unrecovered costs of care for animals involved in legal investigations. Click here for the rest of the story.


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.

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.

Grand Traverse Co. Animal Control Investigating Neglected Puppy Case

Grand Traverse County Animal Control is looking into a neglected puppy case. Traverse City police say they helped animal control with a search warrant in the 600 block of South Garfield for a neglected puppy. We are told the black lab mix was left in its crate with its own urine and feces for up to 10 hours at a time. Click here for the rest of the story.

Farm Bill Included Major Victories for Animal Welfare

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the House-Senate conference committee for rejecting provisions that would have been harmful to animals in the final version of the Farm Bill, which was released last night, while retaining measures that will benefit animals.

“AWI thanks the Farm Bill conference committee for working diligently to produce a bill free of riders that would have seriously undermined animal welfare,” said AWI President Cathy Liss. “We consistently sought a bipartisan bill that would provide better protections for animals and we’re happy with the results.”

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Two Dogs Saved from Fully Engulfed House Fire by First Responders

EMMET COUNTY — Two dogs were saved from a house fire Thursday afternoon in Emmet County. Michigan State Police Troopers got to the home on Pickerel Lake Road in Springvale Township around 3 p.m. and the home was fully engulfed in flames. Everyone that lived in the home got out safely but troopers were told two dogs were still inside. Click here for the rest of the story.

Your Help is Urgently Needed to Defeat Michigan Puppy Mill Bills

From Attorneys for Animals and Humane Society of US

Photo from Puppy Mill Awareness-Michigan Facebook Page

The Michigan House just passed a bill that would prevent local regulation of pet stores selling “puppy mill” puppies. Its companion bill, HB 5916, cynically claims to regulate pet stores, but in fact provides unenforceable, meaningless standards. The real aim of the legislation is to prevent your city, township or county from regulating pet stores in accordance with community standards. Continue reading

Man Hospitalized After Buying Sick Puppy from Pet Store in Novi

A Northville man was hospitalized after buying a sick puppy from the Petland store at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, according to Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is an organization working to end commercial breeding puppy mills and protect families from puppy peddlers, pet stores and bad breeders. Click here for the rest of the story.

Sheltie Brothers Adopted!

UPDATE: These sweet brothers were adopted today – November 13, 2018

Six-year-old Sheltie brothers, Teddy and Skippy, are looking for a new home after their owner passed away recently. Ronda, who owns Shampoochies Pet Grooming and Boarding in Cadillac was asked to find a home for these two dogs where they can stay together – that was the owner’s dying wish. They are very sweet dogs and were very attached to their owner. They are used to a quiet home and would do best in a calm environment. They are recently groomed, walk well on a leash and are housebroken. Teddy is a bit smaller and more shy. It is recommended that they have a fenced in yard. Please call Ronda with more information about the dogs at 231-775-7700.

Photo from Wexford County Shelter Shares

MDARD Director Gordon Wenk Selects Dr. Nora Wineland as New State Veterinarian Starting November 5th

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gordon Wenk today announced the selection of Dr. Nora Wineland as the department’s new state veterinarian, effective Monday, November 5, 2018. Wineland replaces Dr. James Averill who is now MDARD’s Deputy Director. “MDARD is excited to welcome Dr. Wineland back home. As a native Michigander, not only does Dr. Wineland bring with her a commitment to protecting animal health, but also a deep understanding of federal regulations which is important to Michigan’s farmers and ranchers,” said Wenk. Click here for the rest of the story.

Shop in Downtown Traverse City and Help Animal Organizations at the Same Time!

Every year, Traverse City residents get the opportunity to participate in “Shop Your Community” Day. This year, the shopping opportunity occurs on Saturday, November 10th (which is coincidentally the same day as the AC PAW craft show!) When you shop in downtown Traverse City at participating stores, 15% of each sale goes to the non-profit of your choice.

Animal-related non-profits that are able to receive these proceeds include: AC PAW, Cherryland Humane Society, For Animals, PEACE Ranch, Silver Muzzle Cottage Rescue & Hospice. Continue reading

New DNR Rule Forcing Leelanau Wildlife Care to Shut Down Fawn Rescue

David and Donna Prevo have been wildlife rehabilitators rescuing fawns for more than 10 years. Their licensed and certified wildlife rehabilitation center, Leelanau Wildlife Care has saved and rehabilitated more than 100 fawns over those years on their 132 acres of woodland in Leelanau county. Their all volunteer organization has a licensed veterinarian who is on-call to assist them with injured animals, with their organization specializing in white tail fawns and other small mammals.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has become a problem in southern Michigan. It is a fatal nervous system disease found in deer, moose and elk. It attacks the brain of infected animals, creating small lesions in the brain, which results in death. There is no cure. The first CWD deer was found in Michigan in 2015. The Michigan DNR has created new rules for hunters and the moving of deer carcasses for their management zone which includes the counties of Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hilsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Shiawassee. Although CWD hasn’t been found in the Upper Peninsula, it was discovered about 16 miles from the western Upper Peninsula border in Wisconsin. The transferability to other members of the deer family, other wildlife or pets is not known and ongoing research is being conducted. Continue reading

At Least One Coyote Spotted in Traverse Heights Area

Two sources have confirmed one or more coyotes running around the Traverse Heights area. One coyote was seen near the intersection of Bates and Centre Street for the past two weeks.

Traverse Heights area

The video here is provided by Maxwell Wolf of a coyote running down his street in the Traverse Heights area and going in neighboring yards. Wolf says that the coyote is “very brazen and doesn’t seem to have such fear of people. Although their main diet is mice, rabbits, squirrels and trash, these animals will eat small dogs, cats. and chickens.”

Wolf continues, “I just watched a documentary about coyotes that says they have even been known to attack little dogs while people are walking them on leash. They also attacked some kids in Vancouver and there’s a video of one attacking a full grown man. Please spread the word about this and take care with your pets and small kids. Take a cane or stick with you when you go walking especially if you have a little dog or baby with you. If you see it in your yard bang some pots and throw things at it. Don’t let it linger around. Don’t let your little dogs out alone unless you have a tall wooden fence. Check the fence for evidence of tunneling under. Note that this coyote is not sticking to nighttime hours. It’s running around in full daylight middle of the day. So far it’s just been running around but we are all concerned about what it might be up to.”


Joseph Plowman Sentenced to Three Months in Jail

For the last 92 days, Heidi Yates and her staff at the Cherryland Humane Society have taken dogs shaking and paralyzed with fear into their arms and carried them outside just to go to the bathroom. Those 92 days — and the days, weeks and possibly months ahead — have been an attempt to rehabilitate the dogs and cats found living in what 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer described as “hell” at Joseph Plowman’s sentencing hearing Monday.

Plowman, 39, was given the maximum sentence of three months in a county jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of animal abandonment or cruelty. Elsenheimer firmly told Plowman that he is not allowed to own an animal during those five years and could face “serious prison time” if he violates those terms.

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Northern Lower Michigan Prepares for Dog Flu

A recent meeting in Northern Lower Michigan of veterinarians, groomers and boarding kennels is a sign that our local professionals who deal with dogs are taking the Dog Flu seriously as it spreads across the state. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a viral respiratory disease which can cause secondary infections like pneumonia can be fatal.

On August 3, 2018, there was 49 reported cases of CIV and as of September 23, 2018, it jumped to 154 cases reported. The counties reporting the disease include Allegan, Barry, Genesee, Huron, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. You can keep updated on the counties reporting by clicking here.  

There is a vaccine for the influenza which is done in two stages – the initial vaccine and then a booster 2-4 weeks later. The vaccine is not effective until 10-14 days after the booster (second vaccine).  Annual re-vaccination with one dose is recommended. Although the vaccine may not prevent infection, trials have shown that it significantly reduces the severity and duration of the illness, including the damage to the lungs. Ask your veterinarian if they have the bivalent vaccine which is for both CIV strains. Continue reading

Sir Alexander, Kingsley Hoarding Case Dog at Cherryland Humane Society, Making Progress and Up for Adoption

Sir Alexander is one of the many Royalty dogs (Kingsley hoarding case) that are having an extremely hard time adjusting to their new lives. Alexander would quake, shake, move himself in a corner, tuck his face away, and hide however he could whenever anyone would look at or approach him.
There are a handful of Royalty dogs still exhibiting these behaviors and are being worked with daily. These behaviors stem from not being socialized with people. They are frightened of the unknown. They don’t know what affection or care feels like. Many of these dogs are being exposed to attention and affection for the first time.

Alexander was one of the most fearful Royalty dogs. He needed some serious tender love and care.
That’s when Alexander became Tia’s office buddy. Click here for more of Sir Alexander’s story.


Michigan Dept. of Ag Finishes Investigation at Ingham County Animal Control

The Ingham County Animal Control was investigated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture after a report was made public alleging that they neglected the pit bulls in their care that they were supposed to be taking care of for a court case involving dogfighting.

Further investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture found that they violated three acts under the Pet Shops, Dog Pounds and Animal Shelter Act which regulates Michigan animal shelters. The shelter was fined $2500 for not properly registering with the state, failing to sanitize primary enclosures for dogs to prevent disease and failing to provide enough employees for proper care of the animals. The shelter has not disputed these allegations. Continue reading

Grand Rapids ArtPrize Offers Dog, Cat and Horse Entries

Voting for the Grand Rapids ArtPrize has started and will continue through October 7th. ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days. More than $500,000 in prizes are awarded every year including a $200,000 grand prize which is decided by pubic vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids at museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels and more. This year, 1260+ works created by 1400+ artists from 41 states and 40 countries will be exhibited in 165+ venues. ArtPrize is free and open to the public.

Online voting for ArtPrize has started. The following entries were found to have subjects that are dogs, cats, horses or a combination of different pets. Click on the title of the art to vote. Continue reading

Michigan Barn Cat Program Matching Farmers with Feral Cats

Got mice? The Michigan Barn Cat Program has a solution. The organization is looking for barns in St. Clair County that are in need of natural, toxin-free rodent control. The program, which is part of a broader effort to solve the area’s exploding population of feral cats, is designed to serve cats, farmers and the community by placing vaccinated and spayed or neutered cats with residents looking for outdoor cats to keep mice and other rodents out of barns and sheds. Click here for the rest of the story.

Silver Muzzle Cottage in the Running for Eagle Rare Life Award

60 Second Dogs, an organization that produces documentaries, has nominated Silver Muzzle Cottage for an Eagle Rare Life award.

Stories are submitted in six categories including courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. The top five finalists to receive the most votes in each category will be considered for a category prize of $5,000. A panel of judges will then evaluate the top ten nominees across all categories to determine the winner of the Eagle Rare Life Award the winner will receive a $50,000 Grand Prize which will be donated to the charity or cause of the winner’s choice.

Kim Skaritt, founder of Silver Muzzle Cottage is excited and proud that her non-profit organization was nominated to be in the running for these awards. Silver Muzzle Cottage is based out of Rapid city and is a rescue and hospice for senior dogs. To date, they have rescued 138 dogs. If Silver Muzzle was able to win the grand prize, Skaritt says that the money could be used to offer more proactive assistance to help those who wish to keep their senior dogs and more dogs could be rescued by making improvements to the facility. She asks that you vote every day and share the link here.

30-Year-Old Michigan Cat Dies After Being Shot With BB Gun

The owners of a 30-year-old cat in Michigan had to put their beloved pet down this month after he was shot outside of his home with a BB gun. The incident happened over Labor Day Weekend and has shocked the community on the west side of the state. East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold shared the story on her Facebook, reminding her residents that BB guns are not toys and shooting any kind of gun in the city is not allowed. Click here for the rest of the story.

Cherryland Humane Society Needs Your Help to Bring in Animals Affected by Florence

With Hurricane Florence hitting down south, the Cherryland Humane Society wants to help rescue the animals affected. But after an animal hording situation in Kingsley back in July, the shelter is still full. Animal Control and Cherryland rescued 36 dogs and cats and while many are now in their forever homes, some still need some help. Click here for more info.