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Greenwood Pets & Plants (Warren Mi)

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Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,614

Warren Animal Control Officer Awarded
“Something to Crow About”

CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, 734-828-1400, pmamichinfo@yahoo.com

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.

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,620

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.”

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