Help Bring an End to Pound Seizure!
Soup was an English setter that was surrendered to Montcalm County
Animal Control by her owner after she was hit by a car. Her foot was
injured and her owner could not afford to have it fixed. A rescue group
was aware of the dog and had arranged transport to the vet and also to
her new foster home. The shelter was aware of rescues intent to come
get the dog. Sadly, Soup was taken by the Class B dealer before rescue
was allowed to take Soup. One must question why this happened.
Michigan law allows shelters to sell or give shelter cats and dogs to
USDA Class B dealers. The dealers then sell these homeless, abused and
abandoned pets to companies and laboratories for a profit. This is
known as POUND SEIZURE. Seventeen states have banned pound seizure.
Currently only Gratiot and Mecosta County Animal Control Shelters
practice pound seizure. As a result of this profit-driven business,
every pet in Michigan is at risk of pound seizure regardless of their
location. Should your pet ever end up lost and arrive at a shelter that
sells to dealers, it could be sold for a wide range of lab experiments
in as little as 5 days. Beware that Michigan is also home to THREE of
the 10 remaining Class B dealers in the country.
Representatives Espinoza, Huckleberry, Mayes and Terry Brown
introduced HB 4663 (Koda’s Law) which will prohibit the sales of
shelter animals to Class B dealers in the state of Michigan. Passage of
HB 4663 will not prohibit legitimate medical research. This bill simply
stops shelter dogs and cats
from being used as test subjects in lab experiments.
What is pound seizure? Pound seizure is the practice of releasing,
selling or giving shelter animals to USDA Class B Dealers (animal
brokers) and research facilities for purposes of research and/or
experimentation. As of November 2009, there are still 2 Michigan
counties that participate in pound seizure.... Gratiot County &
Why this is wrong... Pound seizure is not only a betrayal of trust to
our pet companions, but a betrayal of trust to the community. Pets
depend on humans for their survival. The public depends on their local
animal shelter to protect and serve their community. When pound seizure
is present at your local animal shelter, do you trust your shelter to
make the right decision for your pet if they end up there lost?
THERE IS A BILL TO BAN POUND SEIZURE IN MICHIGAN
THIS BILL IS HB 4663
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! YOU ARE THE VOICE FOR THESE ANIMALS. PLEASE
SPEAK UP ON THEIR BEHALF! SUPPORT HB 4663 TO PROTECT OUR PETS!
Contact State Representative Mike Simpson (Democrat, 65th District)
Agriculture Committee Chair
Politely ask him to hold a hearing for HB 4663
Phone: (517) 373-1775 Fax: (517) 373-5242
Sign the online petition here:
Distribute this flyer with the story of Soup:
Learn more here:
OTHER STATES AND POUND SEIZURE, CLASS B DEALERS, ETC>>>
Class B Dealers~ some names to watch (all states listed)~ Note from Saving Furry Friends
SHELTER DOGS from OH,KY,VA BEING USED IN DEADLY EXPERIMENTS ~ Note from Donna Durbin
Dying to Learn...
“Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply and Use of Dogs and Cats in Higher
Education” documents the hidden practices of colleges and universities
in which unscrupulous Class B dealers, who obtain animals from
shelters, sell former pets to education facilities, where these animals
are used, and often killed, for dissection and live surgeries in
Take Action: http://www.dyingtolearn.org/takeaction.html
USDA-Licensed Class B Random Source Animal Dealers
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