Eight of the 27 pit bulls seized from a Wisconsin breeding kennel suspected of having connections to dogfighting belonged to a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s not Michael Vick.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown is the owner of Eilis, and her seven puppies, all of whom were removed May 21 from a pit bull breeding kennel near Eau Claire, according to the Leader-Telegram.
Brown had sent Eilis to Northland Pits in February to be bred. After the pups were born, the kennel offered to whelp and wean the pups, and Brown sent them all to Wisconsin for that purpose, according to an affadivit in the case.
While they were there, the kennel was searched, and 27 dogs were seized by the Eau Claire County Humane Association. The owner of the kennel, Joseph A. Sudbrink, has been charged with mistreating animals and running a breeding kennel without a license.
The officer who removed the animals, BeKah Weitz, said the dogs at the kennel had contracted ringworm and possibly had other skin issues and were being kept in substandard conditions. She told the court she saw scarring on the dogs and believed the kennel operators were fighting the dogs. Prosecutors say they are continuing to investigate.
Both Brown and the kennel owner petitioned to get their dogs back, and on Friday a county judge ordered Eilis and her pups returned to Brown.
The 19 other dogs will remain in custody for at least five more days, under the judge’s ruling.
The kennel’s website says it is a breeder of “quality old family red nose pit bulls” and that no dogs are “bred, sold or used for any illegal activities.”
Brown, the running back, has no known connection to dogfighting. The Philadelphia Inquirer says he has friends who are pit bull breeders, and friends whose dogs engage in ”extreme” agility training. He posted the video above, showing him and another pit bull, on his Facebook page, but said “I go to the park with them to be supportive … It’s not really my thing.”
Sheila Kessler, an attorney who represented Brown and also serves on the Humane Society of Portage County board, picked up his dog and puppies from the shelter to return them to Brown.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 1st, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
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An Amish commercial kennel owner in New York rigged a hose up to a farm engine to euthanize 93 dogs that he had been ordered to have tested and treated for brucellosis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Depopulating” is how David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus, described the process to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector.
Yoder, according to a report on Philly Dawg, said he created an airtight chamber out of a wood whelping box (where nursing puppies are typically housed with their mothers) by fitting the opening with a metal door with a small hole for an exhaust pipe which was attached to a 3 horsepower farm engine.
He gassed “approximately” 78 adult dogs and 15 puppies in groups of five or six, then buried them, Yoder told a USDA inspector in July.
Yoder said he left the barn during the gassing because he had a headache from the carbon monoxide fumes.
“The manner of mass euthanasia caused potentially high levels of behavioral stress and unnecessary discomfort to all the dogs in the kennel,” said the USDA report, written by inspector Andrea D’Ambrosio after a July 15 visit to the kennel.
It is against federal law for a licensed kennel owner to perform their own euthanasia.
Mary Anne Kowalski, a board member of the Seneca County SPCA, told Philly Dawg she was not aware of anyone from the USDA reporting the case to local authorities. The dogs were killed sometime after a June 29 inspection where Yoder had been ordered to get his dogs tested and treated for Brucellosis and before the inspector returned on July 15.
Kowalski discovered the report of the gassing on the USDA website, and reported the incident to the sheriff and district attorney in the hope that cruelty charges will be brought against Yoder.
“I hope these dogs did not die in vain,” she said.
Romulus, located 60 miles southeast of Rochester, passed an ordinance last year outlawing commercial kennels, or puppy mills, but Yoder was allowed to continue operating because his kennel was grandfathered under the new ordinance.
Yoder breeds poodles, Bichons, Maltese and Boston Terriers.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 15th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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The Humane Society of the United States says this dog — one of more than 200 the organization assisted in removing from a Tennessee puppy mill last week — is dancing for joy.
At the very least, she’s headed for a better life than that afforded at Gayla’s Poodle Palace, in Sparta, Tennessee, where dismal conditions led the White County Sheriff’s office to seize 225 dogs.
Nearly 100 of the dogs, mostly small, designer breed puppies, were shipped to Chicago in a trailer, with others being sent to shelters and rescues in Nashville and Bowling Green, Kentucky, WPTV reported.
“These animals are very relieved,” said Justin Scally, the manager of the Puppy Mill Task Force for the HSUS. “There’s a noticeable difference from the time that they were removed from the puppy mill and were placed in the emergency shelter, and each day they have gotten better.”
Volunteers were cleaning and evaluating the dogs this week before placing them up for adoption.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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What do you get when you try to cross a bull mastiff with a Shar-Pei?
In the case of James Marinakis, arrested.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control removed dozens of abused and neglected animals from his 27-acre property near the Everglades, where investigators say he was trying to breed a “super dog,” CBS 12 reported.
Marinakis, of West Boca Raton, faces animal cruelty charges for beating dogs, leaving animals outside in the hot sun without food and water, letting sores fester, and leaving them covered in feces, officials said.
Investigators said Marinakis was trying to breed “centaurians” — a cross between a bull mastiff and a sharpei.
Officials said the seized animals suffered from skin conditions and sores. Witnesses reported seeing Marinakis beat the dogs with a golf club and PVC pipe, according to the report. Marinakis, who doesn’t have a license to breed dogs, has been cited more than a dozen times since 2001 in connection with animals on his property.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, boca raton, breeder, breeding, bull mastiff shar-pei, centaurian, florida, marinakis, markinakis, neglect, palm beach, sharpei, super dog
A dog breeder who abandoned 99 St. Bernards to go on vacation has been sentenced to 18 weeks for animal cruelty.
Mary Collis, 51, admitted to seven counts of causing unnecessary suffering to 85 dogs and failing to meet the needs of 14 dogs at an earlier hearing, according to a BBC report.
Collis, a trained veterinary nurse, was also banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.
One of the 99 St. Bernards had to be put to sleep the night they were found, nearly a year ago. Another died the following day at a vets. Twelve more died after that, as a result of their abandonment, according to testimony. The remaining 83 dogs have since been adopted after a campaign by the RSPCA.
Collis, who had declared bankruptcy in 2007 and was facing eviction, abandoned the dogs to go on vacation with her partner. RSPCA inspectors and police went into the kennels five days later, after receiving public complaints.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Kate Gosselin now says Jon’s two allegedly beloved German Shepherds, which were recently returned to their breeder, may — that’s right, “may” — return home one day.
Radar Online quotes Kate Gosselin as saying the following in a talk at the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday:
“He (Jon) called the breeder and took them back for a short period of time. I’m feeling like I have not enough time to take care of my kids, let alone give the dogs what they need, and the kids surprisingly weren’t that upset about it. They’ll come back I’m sure at some point. But for now, I just needed a break.”
Jon has blamed Kate for forcing him to give up his two dogs, Shoka and Nala, because she doesn’t want to care for them when he’s not at the family’s home in Wernersville, PA. The estranged reality show couple is taking turns staying at home and caring for their eight children.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 24th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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If you didn’t like Jon Gosselin before, you’re really not going to like him now.
Gosselin, saying he’s unable to care for the dogs — what with his celebrity, and his divorce from Kate, and his moving to New York — is sending his two German shepherds back to the breeder.
The eight Gosselin children are staying in the family’s Wernersville home in Berks County, Pa., and the parents are dividing the duty, taking turns being with the children while trying not to be around each other.
Apparently the dogs are too much trouble.
Shoka and Nala are being returned to the breeder, and Jon is quick to point out it’s Kate’s fault, because she won’t take care of them when he’s not at the house, Radar Online reports.
“Jon blames Kate for having to give up the dogs,” a source close to the situation told Radar Online. “Of course these days, Jon blames Kate for just about everything.”
But Jon’s attempts to blame Kate for getting rid of the dog simply isn’t fair, Radar quoted unidentified sources as saying. The dogs have always been Jon’s, and he made no attempt to find housing where he could keep his dogs.
(Photo: INF Daily, via Radar Online)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 16th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Texas police and Humane Society officials seized 500 to 600 dogs and about 15 cats Tuesday in a raid on what they say is a puppy mill in Kaufman County, Fox News reported.
The Humane Society began investigating the kennel when someone came to them inquiring about dog food donations for the operation. Authorities found poor living conditions and sickly animals when they visited the location.
The kennel operated in a large metal building in a rural area near the Prairieville community, about 45 miles southwest of Dallas.
The animals seized are mostly Chihuahuas, poodles and other small-breed dogs. They were examined by vets to determine which ones needed medical attention.
The seizure was conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in conjunction with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department.
“This day marks a new beginning for these animals, who are suffering from a variety of serious health conditions and have been kept in constant confinement their entire lives producing puppies for the profit of the mill owner,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services at HSUS.
The dogs were found to be living in filthy conditions. Many were severely matted and suffering from chronic infected wounds, internal and external parasites and serious skin and eye infections, officials said.
All of the animals were being transported to a nearby emergency shelter.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: breeder, cedar creek lake, chihuahuas, filthy, hsus, humane society, ill, kaufman county, kennel, neglect, poodles, prairieville, puppy mill, raid, rescue, shelter, sheriff's department, sick, texas
Among the more than 200 dogs seized from Almost Heaven Kennels, a Pennsylvania breeding operation shut down by state officials last week, was a Portuguese water dog whose rescuers say she was leading a life far different from her counterpart in the White House.
The Humane Society of the United States says the young Portuguese water dog was seized during the June 23 raid of the puppy mill in Emmaus — an indication that large-scale breeders, as many feared, have begun churning out PWDs in anticipation of a Bo-fueled surge of interest in the breed.
“When President Obama brought Bo into the White House we were afraid that puppy mills across the country would begin to capitalize on this trendy breed,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS. “This little girl, whom we have begun to call Liberty Bell, has led a much different life than the presidential dog. She is one of millions of dogs raised in horrendous conditions in puppy mills every year, and proves that no breed is immune from these cruel mass-breeding facilities.”
Liberty Bell will be sheltered in the Washington area. She and the other 216 dogs removed from cramped and unsanitary conditions at the kennel have been placed with shelters and rescue groups throughout the rnortheast, and will soon be made available for adoption.
More than 400 American Eskimo dogs have been removed from a puppy mill in Kennewick, Washington in what is being called “one of the worst cases” of abuse animal welfare workers have seen.
“The conditions were not only shocking, but also heartbreaking to veteran deputies,” said Benton County Sheriff Larry Taylor, who led the raid Wednesday at the Sun Valley kennel of 66-year-old Ella Stewart.
Stewart was arrested May 12 after a deputy responded to an unrelated call at her neighbor’s home, according to an Associated Press report.
Dogs were found living in wooden crates, shopping carts and other makeshift kennels caked with feces and soaked with urine, investigators said.
Taylor said the dogs weren’t seized at the time because there was no place to put them. Emergency kennels are being prepared at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Inga Gibson, with The Humane Society of the United States’ West Coast regional office, said the raid was “one of the largest in Washington state and close to one of the largest in the country.”
Stewart pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count of second-degree animal cruelty in Benton County District Court. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Prosecutors reviewing the case said they may file additional charges.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 29th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: $400, abuse, american eskimo, benton county, breeder, breeding, conditions, crates, dog, dogs, ella stewart, hsus, humane, investigation, kennewick, neglect, puppy mill, raid, shopping carts, sun valley kennel, washington