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Providing for Paws needs our help!

The raid took place in March of this year. Two of the dogs died because of the fight and eight other dogs were found on the property. Two more dogs died being in the care of the dog fighters and Monroe animal control.

See news story on bust:
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/monroe_county/dog-fighting-ring-busted-in-monroe-county

Video: http://www.foxtoledo.com/dpp/news/local/Alleged-dog-fighting-ring

Originally, visiting Judge John Collins had ordered that the dogs be evaluated by The Buster Foundation and Monroe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be temperament tested and see if the dogs could be placed for adoption.

The assistant prosecuting attorney, Michael Brown has appealed this decision stating that four PIT BULL dogs out of the six dogs that were seized are DANGEROUS DOGS and should be put down. Circuit Judge Michael LaBeau said, “visiting Judge John Collins exceeded his authority by allowing the dog advocate groups to enter into the civil case as a third party and by handing over the animals to the organizations.” The case will now go back to Monroe County District Court for a judge to decide whether the groups can intervene in the case.

See news story on Judge’s delay on dogs seized:
http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2011/05/19/Judge-delays-move-of-seized-pit-bulls-in-Monroe-County.html

Michigan law is very touchy on this type of situation. Most always, any dog seized during this type of bust, the dogs are all put down, including puppies. The Michigan law reads as follows:

750.49 Animal; definition; fighting, baiting, or shooting; prohibited conduct; violation as felony; costs; dog trained or used for fighting or offspring of dog trained or used for fighting; prohibited conduct; exceptions; confiscation of dog; award of dog to animal welfare agency; euthanasia; expenses; forfeiture of animals, equipment, devices, and money; disposition of money seized; additional exceptions.

Michigan Law:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28apxikleenbzr1inbqil3zz45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=mcl-750-49

The dogs in question have not been used in fighting or as bait dogs. Nor does anyone know whose offspring they are. They have passed all temperament testing thus far.

I am hoping that many of you will take the time to write letters or send emails to the people listed below. Please, object to any of the six dogs being labeled as dangerous and being put down. Please also be polite, however firm that these dogs would not be placed up for adoption unless they were tested and found suitable for adoption by the two very reputable and experienced animal organization. The Buster Foundation has had to hire their attorney to help fight the case. Both organizations could use all the help they can get to keep these dogs alive.

You may also help by sponsoring these dogs at the link below. I have sponsored them by donating $100.00 so far. I believe these dogs are worth saving, don’t you?

“Operation Hope” PLEASE DONATE:
http://thebusterfoundation.rescuegroups.org/info/display?PageID=10594

I truly appreciate everyone’s time and cooperation in this fight for their freedom.

Sincerely,

Joanne Dixon, Michelle Touchtone and Dawn Pinchot
Providing for Paws
www.providingforpaw.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Providing-for-Paws/199207223456134

Monroe County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney: Michael Brown
125 E. Second Street
Monroe, Michigan 48161
Phone: 734-240-7600
Fax: 734-240-7601

Monroe County Commissioners:
125 E. Second Street
Monroe, Michigan 48161

R. LaMar Frederick (Chairman/District 9)
email: lfrederickdist9@gmail.com and RLFrederick@BEX.net
William D. Sisk (Vice Chairman/District 5)
email: billsisk1@charter.net and wsiskdist5@gmail.com
J. Henry Lievens (District 1)
email: henrylievens@yahoo.com and hlievensdist1@gmail.com
David C. Hoffman (District 2)
email: dhoffmandist2@gmail.com
Dr. Stephen R. Bell (District 3)
email: sbelldist3@gmail.com
Dr. Daniel Donahue (District 4)
email: ddonahuedist4@gmail.com
Jerry A. Oley (District 6)
email: joley@charter.net and joleydist6@gmail.com
Mary O’Neill (District 7)
email: moneilldist7@gmail.com
Jason M. Sheppard (District 8)
email: jshepparddist8@gmail.com
Royce Maniko (Administrator)
email: royce_maniko@monroemi.org
Vickie Koczman (Deputy Clerk)
email: vickie_koczman@monroemi.org and vkoczman@comcast.net

The Petition to save the dogs:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-buster-foundation-and-monroe-spca-save-the-pit-bulls-from-dog-fighting-bust/

The Petition to punish 25 dog fighters to the fullest extent of the law:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/451/370/142/

Providing for Paws
P. O. Box 432
Garden City, MI 48135

To:
Monroe County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Brown & Monroe County Commissioners Districts 1 thru 9, Administrator & Deputy Clerk

Date: March 30, 2011

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing on behalf of the seized animals from the property on Ida Maybee Road in Raisinville, Michigan after a dog fighting bust. Since these animals do not have a voice, I find it necessary to be a voice for them.

I disagree with Judge LaBeau’s decision to over turn visiting Judge Collins decision, to grant custody of the dogs found on the property to The Buster Foundation. Prosecuting Attorney Michael Brown’s decision to deem these dogs as “Dangerous” is ludicrous. Prosecuting Attorney Michael Brown is not an animal expert and has no basis to make this determination.

Neither The Buster Foundation or The Monroe SPCA have not ever adopted out a “Dangerous Dog” nor do I believe they ever would. The dogs found on this property after the bust, did not appear to be fought. There was no physical scarring or fresh wounds found on the dogs. This would typically be seen in dogs that have been used for bait or fighting. None of the dogs has shown any aggressive behavior towards other dogs or humans and has passed all temperament testing thus far nor does anyone know who they are off springs from.

Both of these organizations have had several outstanding years in the animal sector and are vastly experienced in the Pit Bull breed. Joanie, from The Buster Foundation is not only a rescue for Pit Bulls, with over 18 years experience. She is also an educator of the breed. She does not believe in adopting out animals that are unbalanced in any way, shape or form. She cares about public safety and despite her love for the breed, would never adopt a dog out that she would consider a risk to other animals or humans.

All dogs seized during a raid of any kind, deserve the right to be judged individually for good temperament. The perfect example for this situation would be the Michael Vick case. Out of 48 dogs tested on his property, only one was found to be human aggressive and needed to be put down. Many of them have been adopted into loving homes and some have even earned their Canine Good Citizenship. Some are even used as therapy dogs now. Many of the animals I spoke about above, have the physical scares to show you they were at one time fought. These dogs were used to fight, yet they were able to become outstanding canine citizens of our communities. Most were rehabilitated quickly and adopted out. Only a small handful remains in sanctuaries, most waiting to be adopted out. The dogs questioned in this case do not appear to have been used for fighting, yet they are still being considered dangerous. I find that to be unfair and unjust to label a dog dangerous when there is no proof of this.

The true victim of the crime here is the animals that were used and abused in this case. Yet we punish the victim to death and allow the abuser a smack on the hand and set free. How does any of this make sense? In humans, a victim would never be sentenced to death so why in the world do we sentence a canine victim to that?

I would strongly urge you to consider allowing these animals to stay in the care of The Buster Foundation to be further evaluated and place up for adoption if deemed suitable for such. A true advocate for the Pit Bull breed would never allow their love for the breed over rule the safety of the public. The Buster Foundation and The Monroe SPCA are true advocates for the Pit Bull and as such will make the right decision based on the dog’s individual temperament.

Sincerely,
Joanne L. Dixon
Co-founder
Providing for Paws


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