While we were all happy to hear yesterday hat the tests on Beagles at the Charles River Lab by Corteva Agriscience (a division of DowDuPont) has been halted, their statement on what will happen to the Beagles is quite vague. Their statement says they will “make every effort to rehome the animals that were part of the study.” What does that mean? They’ll call two people about adopting them? They’ll put an ad on Craigslist?
The dogs need to be released to HSUS, a reputable animal rescue organization or better yet, a Beagle specific rescue association who has dealt with rehabilitating puppy mill or lab tested Beagles in the past such as the Rescue + Freedom Project.
The HSUS issued a statement about the Beagles that infers that the company holding the Beagles in captivity have not made arrangements with them to release the Beagles. The HSUS has has said, “We applaud Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) for making the right decision by ending the one-year pesticide test on 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of The United States. “This is a significant step that is critical to the welfare of the dogs. We now urge Corteva to work with us to get the dogs out of the laboratory and to our shelter and rescue partners so that they can be adopted into loving homes.”
To appeal to Corteva to release the dogs to an animal welfare organization, you can visit their Facebook page here or email them through this contact form here. Be respectful but firm.
photo credit: HSUS
Reports on the internet surfaced recently from HSUS documenting that animal testing is being done on Beagles at the Charles River Lab in Mattawan, Michigan by force-feeding the dogs pesticides. Undercover video claiming to be shot at this lab last year show experiments being done for three companies including Dow Chemical which is out of Midland. The full investigative report from HSUS can be downloaded here: Investigation-Report. The dogs are involved in the testing of a fungicide called Adavelt. Although at one time the EPA required dogs to be force-fed pesticides for a full year for their tests, they eliminated that requirement ten years ago because it was shown to not add valuable scientific information. However, Dow Chemical is proceeding with their one-year test even though 90 day testing period is acceptable to the US Government. Continue reading
Benzie County has settled a lawsuit brought by Sheila Dinger for illegally taking her eight pets in December 2017. Dinger was suing for the violation of her civil rights with an illegal search and seizure. The county wrote a check for $42,500 to settle the case. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, which means that the lawsuit was dismissed permanently and can’t be brought back into court. It releases all the parties – Benzie County; Benzie County Animal Control; Jaime Croel and Kyle Mauer from any future lawsuits regarding this matter. The settlement documentation says that Dinger’s account in the lawsuit is disputed by the county and that the settlement is not to be construed as an admission of liability. It also states that the settlement was entered to avoid trial and corresponding time, cost and uncertainty.
When asked to comment about what happened and the settlement, this was Dinger’s response: “What they did to my family has been unimaginably cruel. You know how hard it is when you lose one animal to a death but having nine wrongfully taken at one time was beyond heartbreaking. Once they knew they took these animals wrongly they didn’t even try to get them back for us. I still don’t know where five of them are and they killed my one horse I had had for 22 years. I have cried everyday not knowing where they are. I feel I have failed them.Their monetary settlement is not enough and never will be. I didn’t want money – I wanted my animals back that were wrongfully taken. My anger boils when I see an Animal Control Truck go by…Every posting on their site for an animal needing a new home, I wonder if the animal was taken wrongfully or if it does really need a new home? If you knew you had a stolen animal wouldn’t you give it back? I still want my animals back. They are not yours, they are mine.”
The search is on for Merrell’s first ever dog ambassador. Merrell, a Michigan company, sells durable footwear and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts and as a way to encourage people to get outside with their dogs, they are having a contest to find a human-dog ambassador team. Traverse City resident, Taylor Feathersone, and her dog, Darwin, are hoping to be in the top ten for a shot at winning the contest. The photo of Darwin above that was entered in the contest was taken at the Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Darwin is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and almost three years old. Featherstone has had him for 2-1/2 years and is currently an only dog in the household although Featherstone looks forward to a houseful of four dogs in her future.
You can vote for them at the link here. To cast your vote, click on the hear icon beside your favorite dog photo. Right now, Darwin is near the top among the most liked but the votes are adding up for the others as well but many votes are needed every day to keep that spot. Please vote today – and every day until the end of the contest, March 16th. Continue reading
Celine and Chanel
Five-year-old Siberian Husky, Celine, and her five-month-old daughter and Husky mix, Chanel, took their first steps in Michigan snow recently after being saved by a Beulah dog rescue and sanctuary Tina’s Bed and Biscuit. Tina’s is a sanctuary and facility for rehabbing and caring for adoptable and unadoptable dogs, specifically northern breeds. The rescue group is currently in need of donations in order to continue to rescue adoptable dogs and find them new homes. They have been required to make thousands of dollars of upgrades to their facility by the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture who oversees animal shelters in Michigan.
Tina Wilkins, who founded Tina’s Bed and Biscuit, first heard about Celine about two years ago when Celine’s one surviving puppy was surrendered to EMAR (East Mississippi Animal Rescue). A post was put out to Husky groups looking for a place for her. Wilkins offered to take the puppy and also the mom – or pay to get her spayed, which the owner refused. After two years and two more litters later, Celine and two of her puppies were surrendered to EMAR who contacted Wilkins to see if she was still willing to take in Celine. Wilkins said yes but Celine was heartworm positive so she needed treatment before coming to Michigan. One of the pups was adopted out by EMAR but the the other pup, Chanel, had not been adopted yet so Wilkins agreed to take her too. It took a week to fill up the 14-leg journey with volunteers to bring the dogs from Mississippi to Michigan, going through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and having an overnight stay in Indiana. Continue reading
A Grand Traverse County man faces charges after several dead animals were found on his property. Investigators were called to the property on Clous Road in Kingsley around 12:30 p.m. on February 7 to assist Grand Traverse County Animal Control with an animal neglect call. Click here for the rest of the story.
Lawanda Alford was angry with her boyfriend, so she took it out on his pets. By the time her attack on the animals was done, the Detroit woman had cut her beau’s six geckos in half and stabbed the man’s pit bull to death. Her punishment? A 60-day jail sentence, three years of probation and a no-contact order with her boyfriend. New state laws that take effect next month would have given a judge the ability to give Alford a stiffer sentence. Police and prosecutors in Michigan are starting to pay more attention to crimes against animals, and legislation signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder late last year increases the maximum penalty for killing or torturing an animal from four years to 10 years in prison. The two-bill package also allows judges to sentence offenders who harm or kill animals with the aim of causing emotional distress to another person to as much as 10 years. For the rest of the story, click here.
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 on March 5, 2019. (The trial was delayed while an appeal made its way through the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.) FOr more on the story click here.
A West-Michigan organization called K9 Camo Companions is taking dogs out of local animal shelters and pairing them with veterans who are dealing with combat related issues like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Giving the veterans a new furry friend as a companion and confidant. “I don’t know what his past is but our paths seem to join up and we work well together,” says Air Force Vet, Christopher Timmer about his dog Chance. Some vets have a hard time re-adjusting to life after service but the routine of having a pet in your care is keeping them right on track. For the rest of the story and to learn about how your help is needed in Northern Michigan, please click the link here.