1/7/09: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound
This issue comes up for a vote at the commissioners meeting, 1/12/09
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LT PHOTO: She was a sweet, shy yellow Lab named Liz… By all accounts, Liz
should have been adopted quickly, but for whatever reason her time ran out
at the Montcalm County animal shelter in Stanton, Michigan last week… READ
MORE ABOUT LIZ AND OTHER ANIMALS FOR SALE TO RESEARCH LABS:
Michigan Deals with the Devil, http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/964
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Many alerts currently circulating the Internet about Montcalm County’s pound
seizure practice ask activists to CALL and/or SNAIL-MAIL comments, rather
than email them: “Please…write a good old-fashioned letter and copy it 9
times. Often when email is sent for something like this the commissioners
will simply hit DELETE.”
STREET ADDRESS FOR ALL COMMISSIONERS:
Montcalm County Commissioners
Administrative Building, 3rd Floor
211 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
Commissioner Marcia Walker
home: 616-754-8236; email: email@example.com
Commissioner Tom Lindeman
home: 616-754-4918; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Ron Retzloff
home: 989-235-6827; email: email@example.com
Commissioner John Johansen
home: 616-754-5375; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Carl Paepke
home: 616-636-5692; email: email@example.com
Commissioner Ron Baker
home: 231-937-5465; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Pat Carr
home: 989-352-8129; NO EMAIL
Commissioner Roger Caris
home: 989-268-5875; email: email@example.com
Commissioner John McCrackin
home: 989-584-3713; NO EMAIL
Montcalm County Animal Control
154 W. Quarterline St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
ph: 989-831-7355; fax: 989-831-7410
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SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
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Dear Montcalm County Officials:
Please do not send companion animals to research laboratories. I implore you
to cancel the county’s contract with R & R Research, Inc. and never again
engage a Class B dealer to dispose of homeless animals.
Behind a lab’s closed doors, animals undergo invasive surgeries, toxic
dosing, food/water deprivation, and prolonged pain. Still, your taxpayers
subsidize pound seizure whether they like it or not. They indirectly fund
animal tests that delay medical progress with misleading results.
It is particularly irresponsible to support animal research when strides in
in-vitro technology, computer automation, and many more animal-free methods
now uncover data relevant to human health and safety.
Clearly, there is no altruism in dealing cats and dogs for research. There
is only profit. In 2006, USDA records reveal R & R Research of Howard City,
Michigan grossed $196,723 from the sale of 621 dogs and cats. Moreover, R &
R flaunts an unethical history. A 2006 USDA citation shows R & R illegally
transported dogs chained to a livestock trailer. In 2005, R & R was cited
for procuring dogs and cats from Howard City, where there is no pound.
Apparently officials sold their strays to R & R.
Before that, the Michigan Attorney General ordered R & R to pull its “animal
shelter” listing in the yellow pages. In the 1990s, a WOOD TV investigative
video portrayed R & R owners gassing animals in a corroded “CO2 barrel.”
At the very least, Montcalm officials ought to be embarrassed by their
relationship with a Class B dealer. I strongly encourage you to terminate
your contract with R & R and permanently stop pound seizure — a shady
practice abandoned by most counties nationwide.
This issue has generated worldwide publicity via the Internet. I look
forward to your feedback.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Michigan deals with the devil
Montcalm County Animal “Shelter” Cruelty Exposed
Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Michigan Animal Shelter Ships Animals to Class B Research Dealer
R&R Research; 19256 W. Kendaville Rd.; Howard City, MI 49329; 231-937-5680
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