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Greenwood Pets & Plants (Warren Mi)

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,485


I can't believe I have two announcements in one day that involve pet store closers. This one is a dramatic one too. Dennis was found 'hiding' in the basement? Hauled out in a stretcher. Check out Channel 7 tonight to see if they do a follow up story. He was yelling it is the mayor's fault. Good grief. Not really, Dennis, you neglected the animals for years. We have MDA reports showing chronic neglect.

PMA applauds Lisa Taylor, Warren Animal Control, for following up on complaints and ensuring the safetly of the aniamls.

All animals removed from Warren pet store due to unsafe conditions

(WXYZ) - Police and animal control officers are at a local pet store removing all the animals inside.

Bunnies, lizards, birds, turtles, cats and more are being removed from Greenwood Pets and Plants on Schoenherr and 9 Mile in Warren because of what authorities call "unsafe conditions."

The mayor says there is a $9000 outstanding water bill and therefore no running water in the store. There isn't working electricity either.

Neighbors say the store has been around for about 35 years and used to be a great place for local kids to visit. They say it has since taken a decline.

Police found the owner of the store hiding in the basement. He was taken out on a stretcher and was yelling that this was the mayor of Warren's fault.

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Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,486

Animals seized from Warren pet shop, owner arrested for cruelty

Posted: May 15, 2013 10:59 PM EDTUpdated: May 15, 2013 10:59 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) -

Cage by cage, Macomb County Animal Control and Warren police carried out nearly 100 animals from Greenwood Pets and Plants on Nine Mile near Schoenherr said to be living in unsafe conditions.

Police say cats, dogs, birds, snakes, rabbits, turtles and several exotic animals were crammed into the building living without power and water.

Denise Sharp said she used to work at the pet store and left because conditions were so bad.

"I feel that's probably the best thing that's going to happen to these animals because he never fed them, never watered them. They were never taken care of," she said.

Police arrived and found the owner, Dennis Jones, hiding in the basement. We're told he was taken out on a stretcher yelling this was the mayor's fault. He was arrested for animal cruelty.

Officers said many of the small animals were in pretty bad shape. One bird so far has died.

Mayor Jim Fouts made the call to seize the animals. He said the store was behind $9,000 in water payments and the power had been shut off.

Greenwood has been around for more than 30 years, and although the conditions at the store had deteriorated, there were plenty of long-time customers who came to Jones' defense.

Carolyn Decocco adopted a puppy an hour before the store was raided.

"No power, I can understand, you know what I'm saying, but he's such a good guy. Everybody comes here and helps him out," she said.

"He puts his animals first. He always took very good care of his animals. The place always isn't the cleanest because it's a pet store," said Nick Bardallis.

But there are other customers like Michelle Hill. She claimed she adopted her pet on the brink of death because of the neglect. She saved her adopted dog, and now feels like she helped save these animals, who may not have had a fighting chance.

"I'm ecstatic. We made a police report. I went to the court date in Warren, and we wanted him shut down. So, this is good," she said.

DTE Energy was planning to turn on the power for a short time so the officers could get the rest of the animals out. As of 10 p.m, we're told there were several fish still inside.

We're also told the owner lived on the second floor of the building. He put up a fight and did not want to leave. He was taken to the hospital where he was being treated for a previous injury.

Many of the animals were being taken to the Macomb County Animal Shelter. The exotic birds were headed to a veterinary clinic that specializes in their care.

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Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,487

Judge orders sale of seized animals

By NORB FRANZ; @norbfranz
Posted: Friday, 05/17/13 07:26 pm

Court officer Paul Zalenski stops at Greenwood Pets & Plants in Warren. He has authority to sell dozens of animals seized from the landmark pet store to pay off court-ordered garnishment for legal fees not paid by owner Dennis Jones. (The Macomb Daily/DAVID N. POSAVETZ)

A judge has ordered the sale of animals taken this week from a Warren pet shop where the owner was arrested

Warren district Judge Jennifer Faunce’s order follows a garnishment and default judgment against Greenwood Pets & Plants and owner Dennis Jones over his unpaid legal fees to an attorney, according to court records.

Animal control officers on Wednesday removed dozens of animals — including birds, kittens, a puppy, two roosters, an iguana, a tarantula and a 10-foot Burmese python — from the business, which lacked electricity and water service because utilities were cut off. Most were mildly to severely under-nourished.

Of the three dozen cockatiels, several were bloodied and some had broken wings and toes. Two died less than 24 hours after being removed from the pet store, located on Nine Mile Road near Schoenherr Road.

Court records show Jones owes more than $2,000 to attorney Robert Binkowski for representing him in a civil lawsuit filed in 2007 that resulted in the dismissal of a claim against the Warren business owner.

Last September, Binkowski filed a garnishment action against Greenwood Pets & Plants, and two months later Faunce ruled Binkowski should receive $2,171. The judge found Greenwood in default in late March, and Binkowski subsequently requested that property be seized. Faunce granted the request.

“Due to the difficulty in storage and perishability of the property of the defendants seized at Greenwood, the court orders that property be sold immediately,” Faunce said in a court document dated May 16.

A city electrical inspector visited the store Wednesday, and the Warren Police Department’s Animal Control division asked Macomb County animal control officers to assist in removing the animals.

A puppy and 10 kittens, some with respiratory infections, were sent to the Macomb County Animal Shelter. The remaining dozens of animals were sent to Parkway Small Animal & Exotic Hospital in Clinton Township.

“Everybody made it through the night, so we’re continuing to see some improvement. Four cockatiels are not out of the woods,” owner and veterinarian Dr. Thomas Bankstahl said Friday. “Half are still receiving fluid therapy, but a number are off shock medication.

“Some of the cockatiels are going to need weeks and months of treatment, by the time we stabilize them and amputate some toes.”

Under Faunce’s order, the animals are under the legal control of court officer Paul Zalenski, who has authority to sell them.

“Had we not acted, you can probably surmise what would’ve happened a week from now. If the power wasn’t returned to the building and the water wasn’t returned to the building, any animals that appeared to be distressed would’ve been a week further distressed. It was imperative to act quickly in order to save the animals,” Zalenski said Friday.

“In a perfect world, I will get contacted by a pet store willing to buy all or half,” he added.

Meantime, the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office placed a tax lien on the longtime pet shop on Thursday. The lien is on equipment because of $2,977 in unpaid personal property taxes over the past three years, county Treasurer Ted Wahby said Friday.

“If (Jones) tried to sell the equipment, the lien follows the equipment,” Wahby said.

Jones, 57, faces one felony count of animal cruelty. Under the offense, Jones is accused of failing to provide adequate care or negligently allowing at least four but less than 10 to suffer unnecessary neglect, torture or pain. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two years behind bars, a $2,000 fine and 300 hours of community service. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 30.

Jones is free after posting $10,000 bond but is prohibited from possessing animals.

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,488

Warren pet store raided by police; owner found hiding in basement

Warren mayor orders police, Animal Control to seize animals at Greenwood Pets and Plants

Author: Bisi Onile-Ere, Local 4 Reporter

Published On: May 15 2013 10:56:59 PM EDT Updated On: May 15 2013 11:23:44 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. -
Investigators say what was found behind the doors of Greenwood Pets and Plants in Warren was disturbing.

Animals: hundreds of them, many in bad condition, and some of them dead.

"I bet you at least 100, at least a hundred with geckos and bearded dragons, and puppies and kittens and birds, and cockatoos," said Jeff Randazzo, of Macomb County Animal Control.

Police and Animal Control were ordered by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to seize the animals. One reason: there's no running water. The mayor says the owner is $9,000 behind on the water bill.

When authorities went inside they also learned the electricity was shut off.

"Dennis has been here for years. It's been a family-run business. It's been a pillar in the community for years. As long as I can remember I have been coming her, as a child," said Nick Bardallis, a customer.

But some say recently business took a turn for the worse. A woman says after she bought her dog from here a few months ago she called police.

"He wouldn't have lived if we didn't get him. I'm surprised he survived when we did get him. He was in that bad of condition," said Alexis Hill.

Among the animals and filth was the owner, Dennis Jones. He was found hiding from authorities in the basement.

"I do think it's inexcusable because there's always help out there, there is rescue groups, humane societies, animal control," said Randazzo.

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,489

Animals are removed from 'filthy' Warren pet shop

12:28 AM, May 16, 2013

Police raid a Warren pet shop. / Elissa Robinson/Detroit Free Press

By Ann Zaniewski

Detroit Free Press Staff

Authorities pulled dogs, cats and even a python out of a Warren pet shop Wednesday that had no running water or electricity, according to a city official.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he ordered the raid on the Greenwood pet store on 9 Mile Road near Schoenherr because he was concerned about the safety of the animals inside.

Fouts said the city previously shut water service to the business because of more than $9,000 in past due water bills. The electricity had also been turned off at some point, he said.

“It’s a very serious situation,” Fouts said. “I could not sit idly by and allow these animals to die.”

Fouts said the creatures removed from the store, including various farm animals, would be sheltered at the Macomb County Animal Shelter at a cost to the city of $27 per animal per day. He said he didn’t know exactly how many animals were taken from the shop.

Police found the owner of the business hiding in the basement, Fouts said. He said the man complained of back pain and was taken to a hospital.

Fouts said the animals were living in “deplorable, filthy conditions,” and the shop owner could potentially face charges of negligence or animal cruelty.

Police officials contacted DTE Energy later Wednesday and had electricity restored to the building to protect the birds and fish that weren’t removed, Fouts said.

The shop has been in the city for years.

“Up until recently, we didn’t have complaints about it. More recently, conditions have not been good, and they have not been following a lot of good laws in animal care,” Fouts said.

He also said: “The city, for example, does not allow potbellied pigs to be owned by residents, but they have been selling potbellied pigs.”­
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,491
Report: Malnourished, neglected exotic animals seized from Warren pet store prepped for new homes

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on May 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

WARREN, MI — There are turtles, lizards, rabbits, birds, kittens, roosters and more, 160 animals in total, all seized Wednesday from a Warren pet store.

They were malnourished and neglected, living in a building without water or electricity.

Officials charged the Dennis Jones, the owner of Greenwood Pets in Warren, with animal cruelty.

“The conditions in the store were deplorable and inhumane," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told the Free Press. "It was a house of horrors for the pets."

The rescued animals are now in the custody of two animal hospitals and the Macomb County Animal Shelter.

Once they are healthy, caretakers plan to place them up for adoption or transfer the medley of animals to pet stores for sale.­
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,492
Animals rescued from Warren shop are under close watch at hospitals

May 18, 2013

The multicolored cockatiel appears battered, its feathers picked away by other cockatiels.

It has wounds and scabs. A red bandage is on one of its legs after a toe had to be removed.

But it stands in an enclosure, looking at a guest, as three other cockatiels stand nearby.

It’s a fighter, veterinarian Dr. Thomas Bankstahl said Friday, adding that the bird might just survive.

The cockatiel is one of a couple Bankstahl and his staff at Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital are closely watching. They are the critters — “kids” as Bankstahl calls them — in the worst shape of the 115 animals brought to the Clinton Township hospital after officials raided Greenwood Pets in Warren on Wednesday.

“This happened probably at the right time,” Bankstahl said after describing the antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and fluids many of the animals are receiving. “We saved the roosters. We saved most of the tiels. Most of these kids will probably get turned around.”

Despite the horrid conditions Warren officials described at the East 9 Mile pet shop, Bankstahl said some of the animals, particularly the large birds and reptiles, appeared to have some care until the last few weeks. Based on the animals’ conditions — such as an iguana pulling from its fat reserves; a rooster with no muscle in its chest area, and a tortoise developing a large uric acid stone from dehydration — they probably didn’t have enough food and water in the last few weeks.

Now, more than 160 animals — from mice to a python — are being cared for at two animal hospitals and the Macomb County Animal Shelter. They will not be destroyed; they may be placed in new homes and possibly sold once they are deemed healthy, said Paul Zalenski, a court officer with Warren’s 37th District Court.

He said fish left at the store in about 100 tanks were to be given Friday to a wholesaler to be sold, and the electricity was to be shut off Friday night. Electricity and water were shut off previously for failure to pay, officials said, but restored after the raid.

However, eight to 12 cichlids, possibly valued at $300 to $500 each, and other large fish disappeared from the store Thursday afternoon, Zalenski said. He said store owner Dennis Jones, who posted bond after arraignment Thursday on an animal cruelty charge, said he doesn’t know where the fish are.

Zalenski said the shop wasn’t broken into, but many people have keys.

Officials and veterinarians said a handful of animals died, including two cockatiels, a turtle or tortoise and a bunny.

After triage, the hospitals are tending to the malnourished, dehydrated and stressed animals. They’re still watching for problems as the animals become more acclimated to their new surroundings and caretakers.

The animal shelter has a shepherd puppy being treated for worms and 11 kittens about 8 weeks old that are in good shape. Serenity Animal Hospital in Sterling Heights is caring for three to four dozen rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, ground squirrels, geckos and chickens, said Dr. Karen Michalski.

“Sometimes, stress in these little guys can be lethal,” she said. “They’re not in horrible shape, but they’re definitely not in great shape.”

People are interested in adopting the animals, but that isn’t an option at this time. Bankstahl said some of the animals, such as the cockatiels, could require three to six months of care and therapy.

Both hospitals are accepting donations of food items including greens and other vegetables, and fruit. Chicken feed is needed at Serenity, and bird toys would be accepted at Parkway.

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Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,493

Owner of Warren pet store is charged with animal cruelty

Posted: 05/16/2013

By: Anu Prakash
By: Andy Choi

(WXYZ) - Dennis Jones, owner of Greenwood Pets and Plants store, was charged with animal cruelty.

Warren police raided the store on Wednesday. They say more than 100 animals were found living in deplorable conditions. They say the animals had been without food and water for days and in some cases they were crowded in cages.

When the raid first unfolded, it appeared animal cruelty was the main motivation. 7 Action News has learned debt collection may have been the real catalyst for the raid. 37th District Court Officer Paul Zalenksi has been busy attempting to sell the pet store's fish to other local pet suppliers, all to fulfil a court order to collect $2,200 from Jones.
"Those fish, the valuable ones, were going to make the sale worthwhile." said Zalenski, "The rest of the fish were going to go with them."

On top of that, Zalenski says while he was away on other business Thursday afternoon, someone entered the store and took several hundred dollars worth of exotic fish--a big reason why most local pet stores are passing up on what's left of the inventory.
"Greenwood Pets and Plant store has become a house of horrors," says Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.

Police were back at the pet store on Thursday executing another search warrant.
Investigators say they first went to the store on Wednesday after learning that it didn't have power or water for at least a week since the store's owner hadn't paid his bills.

7 Action News has learned Dennis Jones was charged last year with animal cruelty in a separate case involving a goat. Today, Jones said that case will go to trial this month.
"I've been to all the court hearings and I look forward to defending my company in court," Jones said today.

Jones' friends were in court today to defend him. They say he's a good guy who just got overwhelmed and had too much on his plate.

"[The situation is] unsettling," said Jones' mother Mona Jones, "But Dennis is out of jail, and that's the main thing." Mona Jones says with her son now out of jail, she hopes he can salvage some part of the family business her late husband built years ago.

Some of the surviving animals are being cared for at the Parkway vet clinic in Clinton Township, but investigators say a few of the animals from the Greenwood pet store did not survive.

"He should never be in charge of any live animal ... probably not even plants," says Mayor Fouts.

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Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,494

Warren pet store owner arrested for animal cruelty

By MITCH HOTTS; @mhotts

The owner of a longtime pet store in Warren was arrested on Wednesday and dozens of animals were removed due to unsafe conditions after the shop’s water and electricity had been cut off due to overdue bills, according to city and county officials.

Dennis Jones, 54, was arrested on charges of animal cruelty at Greenwood Pets & Plants on Nine Mile Road, Warren police said. As officers tried to take him into custody, he ran into the basement and resisted arrest, police said. He suffered minor cuts and bruises and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Macomb County Chief Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo called the housing conditions for the animals “unexcusable,” adding in some cases, there were several animals crammed into a single cage.

“Some of them do look like they’re in really bad condition,” Randazzo said.

Warren officials said the store’s water service was discontinued this week due to approximately $9,000 in delinquent bills. The electricity also had been turned off because of past due bills, officials said.

Warren’s animal control officers arrived at the store, they found it was open for business despite not having running water or electricity. They determined it was not safe for the animals or the public to be in the business and called police to have it shut down.

One Warren official, who asked not to be quoted, said it appears Jones convinced nearby residents to lend him their hoses so he could re-fill fish tanks and provide water for the animals.

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,495

2 birds seized from Warren pet shop die; treatment of dozens of animals continues

By NORB FRANZ; @norbfranz Posted: Thursday, 05/16/13 05:57 pm

Dr. Thomas Bankstahl with a blue and gold macaw that was one of dozens of animals rescued from Greenwood Pets & Plants in Warren.

Two cockatiels died and dozens of other animals including birds, reptiles, kittens and a puppy remained in veterinary care Thursday, the day after animal control officers confiscated them from a Warren pet store where the owner was arrested.

Some of the surviving animals taken from Greenwood Pets & Plants by animal control officers were in good condition, but several of the 36 cockatiels were in poor condition — some bleeding and suffering from broken wings and toes. All were in shock, a veterinarian said.

“They’re not out of the woods,” said Dr. Thomas Bankstahl, owner of Parkway Small Animal & Exotic Hospital in Clinton Township, where he and the staff were busy treating the unexpected wave of patients. “It’s a little overwhelming.”

Another veterinarian, Dr. Andrea Golombek, revealed the toe on a claw of one bird was amputated.

Four macaws, including two estimated at more than 10 years old and a couple less than 2 years old, are expected to be OK. A 10-foot, albino Burmese python lay still and appeared well-fed but had a wound requiring treatment.

Bankstahl held an emaciated rooster, one of two taken from the pet store on Nine Mile Road on Wednesday.

“He couldn’t look any worse and still be alive,” he said.

Macomb County animal control officers transported a tortoise, an iguana and two bearded dragon lizards to the Clinton Township facility on Thursday, and 10 rats and 50 “feeder” mice were expected to be delivered from the Macomb County Animal Shelter later in the afternoon.

Meantime, a puppy and 10 kittens remained at the Macomb County Animal Shelter in Mount Clemens.

“Some have upper respiratory infections and are on antibiotics,” Chief Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo said.

The animals were taken from the pet store, which reportedly has been in business on Nine Mile Road for more than 35 years, because the facility had no electricity and water service was cut off by the city because water bills totaling about $9,000 were unpaid.

When officers arrived at the store Wednesday afternoon, they found it open for business despite the lack of utility service. They deemed it unsafe for animals and for the public to be inside.

As the animals were removed, some neighbors and customers gathered and offered to care for the animals until the issues are resolved. Some praised owner Dennis Jones as a compassionate business owner but at least one other customer was happy that crates and cages of animals were loaded into trucks.

Police said Jones was belligerent and ran through the three-level building when officers arrived to arrest him. He was removed from the building on a gurney, with a small amount of blood on his arms. He was taken away on a gurney.

Jones remained in custody Thursday, and there were unconfirmed reports that he may be charged with felony cruelty to animals.

Randazzo described the conditions inside the business as “inexcusable” and said the shop had a strong odor of animal waste.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel reached out to DTE Energy to have the electricity restored temporarily at the store, where fish remained inside Thursday.

Randazzo said several animal rescue organizations and private individuals have offered help ranging from shelter to donations of food.

“We’re really impressed. There’s been a lot of outreach from the community,” he added.

The confiscation of dozens of animals could spark a new ordinance in Warren.

Mayor James Fouts announced that he will propose new regulations on pet stores located in the city, including licensing and inspections.

“This case was a clear example of animal cruelty by a pet store owner who neglected the animals in his store,” Fouts said. “The conditions in the store were deplorable and inhumane.

“It was a house of horrors for the pets.”

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