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Warren Animal Control Officer Awarded
“Something to Crow About”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2013
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WARREN MI - Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, a grassroots group dedicated to public education about the suffering of animals in puppy mills, awarded Officer Lisa Taylor of Warren Animal Control for taking the lead in ending chronic animal neglect at Greenwoods Pets & Plants, a retail pet store at 13983 E. 9 Mile Rd. in Warren. On October, 7, 2013 the store’s owner, Dennis Jones, was arrested for violating his probation terms restricting him from possessing animals only a month after being sentenced by Judge David Viviano on animal cruelty charges.
“We are grateful to Officer Taylor for her dedication to the protection of animals in Warren, including those in pet stores,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. “We hope that other Michigan animal control and law enforcement officers will follow her lead in being more proactive in enforcing our state’s animal cruelty and neglect laws.”
Other animal welfare organizations attending the ceremony included Tiger Lily Cat Rescue, All About Animals and 4 Paws 1 Heart.
For more information about Officer Taylor’s work on the Greenwood Pets case, please view our blog.
Animals once in poor condition, now ready for new homes
November 11, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bankstahl shows a rescued tortoise from Greenwood Pets and Plants at Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital Friday, May 17, 2013 in Clinton Township, Mich. Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press / Detroit Free Press
By Christina Hall
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
This blue and gold Macaw was rescued from Greenwood Pets and Plants in Warren. Many birds had wounds and missing feathers. / Andre J. Jackson/DFP
Nearly six months ago, they were living in a Warren pet shop in horrid conditions with little care, food and water.
Now, many of the more than 160 animals rescued from Greenwood Pets have been adopted or are doing better and are available for adoption.
Several birds are available for adoption at Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital in Clinton Township, employees said; 115 animals were taken there after they were removed from the store on East 9 Mile in May.
Animals plucked from the shop ranged from mice to reptiles to roosters. Many of the birds had their feathers picked away by other birds and had wounds and scabs. They were treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine.
It appeared the animals didn’t have enough food and water in the weeks leading up to their rescue from the store, which was owned by Dennis Jones. A handful of animals died, officials and treating veterinarians had said.
But others, such as the dogs and kittens taken to the Macomb County Animal Shelter, were adopted or placed in suitable homes, Officer Aime Orn said.
Jones, 57, pleaded no contest to animal abandoning and cruelty charges. In August, he was sentenced to two years of probation and was not allowed to possess any animals.
Last month, he was jailed after pleading guilty to a probation violation. He was accused of working in the pet store and living above it, said his attorney, Ryan Zemke.
Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Jones to 32 days in the county jail with credit for 16 days, ordered him to pay $526 in restitution to 4 Paws 1 Heart and said he is to have “absolutely no contact or possess any animal of any kind,” according to court records.
“They felt like he was skirting the rules,” Zemke said. “He was working at the store as an employee and coming in contact with animals. They deemed it possession. He deemed it employment.”
Two local facilities switch from sales to pet adoption plans
In this Macomb Daily file photo, Macomb County Animal Control Director Jeffery Randazzo holds a puppy rescued from Greenwood Pets & Plants in Warren in the spring of 2013. The store is under new ownership and has a new policy allowing pet adoptions instead of sales.
DAVID DALTON - FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily
POSTED: 08/17/15, 7:51 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO 1 COMMENT
In this Macomb Daily file photo, Macomb County Animal Control Officer Aimee Orn holds a mature iguana rescued from Greenwood Pets & Plants in the spring of 2013.
DAVID DALTON - FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
Two Macomb County facilities that have come under fire for selling pets from so-called puppy mills have agreed to change over to pet adoption plans, officials said Monday.
Greenwood Pets & Plants in Warren and Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens will celebrate the conversions and new practices with the Humane Society of the United States over the next two weekends.
“This is a huge deal, that two commercial operations have agreed to adopt a more humane model and will no longer be selling puppies and kittens,” Humane Society spokeswoman Cheylin Parker.
Both Greenwood and Gibraltar plan to showcase pets for adoption with various rescue organizations as they join some 2,300 other pet stores in signing the Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge of the Humane Society.
Both had been criticized in the past for allowing the sales of animals that come from large-scale breeding facilities. Those facilities have been accused of inbreeding, having minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, and crowded cages.
Many people who purchased pets from the mills reportedly encounter animals with poor health that require expensive medical bills.
In the case of Greenwood Pets, Warren police and the Macomb County Animal Control Officer raided the store on Nine Mile Road near Schoenherr in 2013 after former owner Dennis Jones was accused of having more than 100 animals in deplorable conditions, including a lack of food and water.
Jones was convicted of animal cruelty, but has since sold the store.
The new owner is Fadi Quaish, but as of Monday, Greenwood Pets still was closed. Quaish could not be reached for comment.
Warren Mayor James Fouts called the conversion an “important step in the right direction.”
“The most important part of this is Mr. Quaish has pledged not to sell any dogs or cats, and instead allow rescue groups to come in to offer pets for adoption. I believe this will result in better and more humane treatment for the animals,” Fouts said.
Greenwood’s re-opening and conversion will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 13983 Nine Mile Road. Jill Fritz, the Michigan senior state director for the Humane Society, is expected to attend along with the mayor and Lisa Taylor, the police department’s animal control officer.
In Mount Clemens, the Gibraltar Trade Center had been the target of weekly protests by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan for allowing a vendor called Little Dogz to sell pets that allegedly had health problems.
A lawsuits is pending in Macomb County Circuit Court against the pet shop, claiming the operators know dogs it had sold were infected, diseased or genetically defective.
Like Greenwood, the sprawling 600,000-square-foot Gibraltar Trade Center weekend market in Mount Clemens has adopted the new “puppy friendly” policy by supporting local shelter adoptions.
Gibraltar will work with the Macomb County Animal Control, Teacher’s Pet Program and volunteers in a partnership to improve the county’s pet adoption rate.
The center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (The ribbon cutting is at 12 pm) on Saturday, Aug 29, with Mayor Barb Dempsey, state Rep. Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser), Gibraltar president Robert Koester, Macomb County Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo, Fritz and others. The event will be held near the Door 7 (north end) door.
Gibraltar Trade Center is located at 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens.
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Warren Mayor Jim Fouts holds a rescue puppy at the new Greenwood Pets & Plants store. He later wrote on Facebook that he was tempted to buy the pooch. “It was really adorable,” he wrote. DAVE ANGELL -- FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
Puppy buyers seek to close Mount Clemens pet store
By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily
POSTED: 08/23/15, 7:51 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO 9 COMMENTS
Jill Fritz, senior state director for the U.S. Humane Society, is flanked by Warren animal control officers Lisa Taylor and Nicole Fear at Saturday’s ceremony at Greenwood Pets & Plants. DAVE ANGELL -- FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
A law firm on Monday will seek a permanent injunction in Macomb County Circuit Court in an attempt to bar a Mount Clemens pet store from selling allegedly sick animals.
Jennifer Measel of Farmington Hills-based Haas & Goldstein, P.C. wants a judge to issue a cease-and-desist order to prevent the operators of Little Dogz from the further sale of any animals.
“We want to be sure they can no longer sell pets to the public,” Measel said.
Thirty-one plaintiffs are now included in the lawsuit that was filed in March seeking monetary damages for multiple violations of the Consumer Protection Act after purchasing puppies that were allegedly defective, suffering from infections or highly contagious diseases.
Little Dogz formerly operated as Pollywood Pets inside of the weekend market at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens. It has since moved to a Gratiot Avenue storefront.
According to the lawsuit, numerous owners bought dogs at the store only to have them quickly demonstrate serious health problems. Three died from parvovirus.
The plaintiffs accuse David and Shelley Myers of fraud and seek unspecified monetary damages.
Jeffery VerBeck, the attorney for the pet shop operators, could not be reached for comment on Friday.
For more than a year, Pollywood Pets was the target of weekly protests by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. After 24 years in business at the trade center, the pet shop’s lease was not renewed.
Gibraltar Trade Center recently announced a new “puppy friendly” policy that calls for allowing rescue organizations to sell puppies and kittens inside the facility in a move that complies with Humane Society of the United States practices.
The center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with Mayor Barb Dempsey, state Rep. Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser), Gibraltar president Robert Koester, Macomb County Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo and others in attendance. Gibraltar Trade Center is located at 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens.
A similar ceremony was held this past Saturday at Greenwood Pets & Plants in Warren where rescue groups will be allowed to showcase pets for adoption.
Greenwood’s past owner was convicted on animal cruelty charges after a police raid uncovered dozens of pets being kept in unsanitary conditions.
The new owner, Fadi Quaish, has pledged not to take in any pets from puppy mills.
After attending the ceremony, Warren Mayor James Fouts praised the move on his Facebook page. He said he was tempted to buy a small rescue dog.
“The new Greenwood Pets & Plants store has pledged not sell puppies and cats from those so-called puppy mills,” Fouts wrote. “Instead, they will offer a chance for people to acquire a rescued animal....This is the route to go.”
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