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Company That Force-Fed Pesticides to Beagles Issues Vague Statement on Fate of the Dogs

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. 


Michigan Laboratory is Force-Feeding Beagles Pesticides According to Undercover HSUS Investigation


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 Settles Lawsuit with Pet Owner Who Sued Them for Illegally Taking Pets

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.”

Traverse City Dog Needs Votes to Win Contest to be a Dog Ambassador

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

Animal Cruelty Charge Issued for Grand Traverse County Man After Dead Chickens, Rabbits Found on Property

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.

New Michigan Laws Take Aim at Animal Abusers

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 Criminal Trial Set for March 5th – If Convicted, Langlois Facing up to Five Years in Jail

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 Furry Companion for Michigan Veterans

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.


Dogs Rescued from South Korea Headed for Michigan Shelter

Hundreds of dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm have been rescued by the U.S Humane Society and Humane Society International. Now a group of them are headed for Michigan. The Midland County Humane society is expecting to receive five to ten of the canines late Tuesday night. Click here for the rest of the story.

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.

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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