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ASPCA Places More than 150 Dogs Rescued from Michigan Puppy Mill

Rescue groups throughout Midwest, Northeast open their doors to help give dogs a second chance at life
May 30, 2013

Prudenville, Mich.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that dogs removed from JRT John's Jack Russell and Shiba Inu Kennel in Lake City, Mich. are being placed with animal welfare groups throughout the Midwest, as well as the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. More than 150 dogs were recovered last Thursday by the ASPCA and Roscommon County Animal Shelter, at the request of the Missaukee County Sherriff’s Office from what the ASPCA believes to be a substandard, large-scale breeding facility.

Since the removal of the dogs last week, ASPCA responders have cared for and provided the dogs with medical treatment at the Roscommon County Animal Shelter in Prudenville, Mich. Each dog was carefully evaluated by the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior team prior to being transferred to the rescue groups.

The following groups will continue to work with each dog, with the hope of eventually adopting each of them to loving homes: Roscommon County Animal Shelter (Prudenville, Mich.); Medina County SPCA (Medina, Ohio); Animal Humane Society (Golden Valley, Minn.); Kent County Animal Control (Grand Rapids, Mich.); Humane Society of West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Mich.); Michigan Humane Society (Rochester Hills, Mich.); and HANDDS (Traverse City, Mich.). Some of the more fearful and unsocialized dogs have been transferred to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J., where they will receive treatment to better their chances of adoption.

“Thanks to our accommodating partner shelters, we were able to find placement for all of these dogs in just one week,” said Kathryn Destreza, ASPCA director of investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations & Response team. “These dogs have been living in miserable conditions their entire lives. We are excited to see them move on to shelters so quickly, and soon, to loving homes.”

The removal of the animals was a result of a civil action, prompted by violation of Michigan’s Dog Law, led by the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter. The dogs—mainly Jack Russell terriers and Shiba Inus—were discovered living in outdoor enclosures with little protection from the elements. Many dogs had no access to clean drinking water or proper shelter, with plastic carriers being their only refuge from rain, snow or sun. Responders on the scene found the dogs were unsocialized and fearful when handled by humans. The ASPCA believes the facility to be a puppy mill, a large-scale breeding operation, where profit is given priority over the well-being of the animals.