ACTION ALERT: Send Letters to Lansing and Allegan

From: Pam
Sent on: Friday, April 13, 2012 11:03 AM

Meetup Members,

No animal should be mistreated for any reason, and especially not for profit! The Allegan County bust was more than a hoarding situation- it was a full blown puppy mill selling dogs for profit. This was no mini-mill either, rather the largest puppy mill bust in Michigan’s history.

PMA has been tracking animal abuse cases related to breeding operations. Download Cases collected.

Members can help by sending a polite letter the Allegan Prosecutors Office asking them to ensure this crime is fully punished to send a message to other breeding facilities. See my letter below. We also need to ask for help in Lansing. Senators Hune and Crawford hold the key to taking the next steps in passing the Puppy Protection Act.

Please contact the following:

1. Send a letter to Fredrick Anderson, the Allegan County Prosecutor regarding the Allegan puppy mill:

Allegan County Building
113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, MI 49010

2. Send a letter the following Committee Chairs asking for a hearing for the Puppy Protection Act. Senate Bills 891 and 892. House Bills 5230 and 5231. Download Fact Sheet.

Contact Sen. Joe Hune, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
[address removed]

Contact Rep. Hugh Crawford, Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee
[address removed]


Dear Mr. Anderson

On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, I am writing to you regarding the case involving George and Cheri Burke (Animal Abandonment and Cruelty). I thank you for filing felony charges in this case. In light of the extreme neglect alleged and the suffering that these animals must have endured, I urge you to ensure that this crime is fully punished—with sentencing conditions upon conviction that include meaningful jail time, psychological counseling and a permanent ban on contact with animals.

According to media reports, the Burkes are accused of hoarding and breeding 350+ small breed dogs, including Shih-tzus and pomeranians, who were discovered by the Allegan County officials crusted with feces and urine-soaked and suffering from extreme dental disease.

I founded a group called Puppy Mill Awareness in Southeast Michigan in 2008 with a mission to end commercial breeding of this kind where profits are the motivation. We regularly set up information booths to educate the public. Through our research we have found that there are 15 puppy mill busts in Michigan and this one is the worst and largest. I am attaching my list of cruelty cases.

The Michigan Humane Society has introduced new legislation that would help prevent cases like this from occurring placing a limit on the number of dogs. The Puppy Production Act will set long overdue regulations on breeders.

Michiganians have no tolerance for animal abuse and want those who commit such gratuitously violent acts against animals held accountable. The sheer cruelty involved in the Burke case is shocking and demands accountability.

Strong, carefully considered sentencing that includes incarceration, psychological treatment, and a ban on pet ownership is the most effective available tool for reducing recidivism and interrupting the cycle of criminal behavior.

Thank you for being the voice for the dogs.


Pam Sordyl
Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan

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