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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Laura Springborn Case

Laura Springborn Case

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 445
Dear Ms. Cavanagh,

On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup, I am writing to you regarding the case involving Laura Springborn (Animal Abandonment and Cruelty). I thank you for filing felony charges in this case. In light of the extreme cruelty 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, Ms. Springborn is accused of hoarding and breeding 24 small breed dogs, including Chihuahuas and miniature Doberman Pinchers, who were discovered by Livingston County officials to have insufficient food and water and covered in dog feces.

I run a group called Puppy Mill Awareness, which has several campaigns against pet stores and regularly sets up information booths to educate the public. Through our research we have found that there 46 pet stores in Michigan selling puppies, and we know most of them are working with commercial breeders out of state. But in some cases, like this one, they have a nearby operation. A pet store called Pet City Pets was raided similar to Laura Springborn’s case. I am attaching my Pet Store Study to show you how bad it really is here in Michigan.

The Michigan Humane Society also has a new campaign against pet stores called “Protect our Puppies”.

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 Springborn case is shockingly severe and demands accountability.

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, and those who abuse animals pose a significant threat to public safety. Studies show that animal abusers are more likely to engage in domestic violence, to have been arrested for other violent crimes and drug offenses, and to engage in other delinquent behavior. And in this case, Ms. Springborn apparently also has a history with violations of the law.

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.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 449
A warrant is out on Laura Springborn, the breeder who opened a pet store in Stockbridge. She is facing felony charges. I just called the court house to see when her next appointment was scheduled since I missed her pre-exam yesterday. It looks like she missed it too!
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 453
Arrest warrant issued in animal cruelty case

http://www.detnews.co...­

A judge issued a bench warrant this week for a Gregory woman charged with neglecting more than two dozen small-breed dogs, including chihuahuas and miniature Doberman pinschers, according to court records.

Laura Springborn, 38, failed to show up at an exam conference in 53rd District Court on Wednesday. Judge Theresa Brennan issued the warrant and increased a $10,000 bond Springborn posted to $25,000 cash or surety.

Springborn faces four years in prison if convicted of animal cruelty. Livingston County Animal Control found the neglected and malnourished dogs April 8 after Ingham County asked for a welfare check at Springborn's home because of an investigation at her Stockbridge pet store.

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 457
Gregory Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty Turns Herself In
May 17, 2010

http://www.whmi.com/n...­

5/17/10 - The warrant issued last week for a Livingston County woman accused of hoarding animals in her home and selling them in her pet store has been canceled. 38 year old Laura Springborn of Gregory is facing a felony cruelty to animals charge and had failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing on Wednesday. However she appeared in 53rd District Court on Friday and the warrant was canceled. Court records show she was released on a $10,000 personal bond pending another exam this week. Authorities say she was hoarding more than two dozen small, mixed-breed dogs in unsanitary conditions inside her home. Ingham County Animal Control officials closed her pet store in Stockbridge after an investigation that began when a customer complained the dog she had purchased had parvovirus. They then contacted Livingston County Animal Control and officers discovered all of the dogs. Meanwhile Springborn has pleaded guilty to retail fraud charges in a separate case but her sentencing has been put off until June. (JM)
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 459
Woman charged with hoarding dogs turns up

http://www.livingston...­

A Gregory woman accused of hoarding animals turned herself in Friday after she failed to appear for a court date.

Judge Theresa Brennan ordered a bench warrant after Laura June Springborn, 38, failed to appear for an exam conference on a felony charge of cruelty to 10 or more animals.

Springborn turned herself in Friday and was released on a $10,000 personal bond, according to District Court records. She is expected to return to court today for an exam conference in her case.

Livingston County Animal Control officers found 24 dogs — mostly small-breed dogs, including Chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers — in the woman's home, which officials said was "unsanitary."
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 460
Arrest warrant issued in animal cruelty case

http://www.detnews.co...­

A judge issued a bench warrant this week for a Gregory woman charged with neglecting more than two dozen small-breed dogs, including chihuahuas and miniature Doberman pinschers, according to court records.

Laura Springborn, 38, failed to show up at an exam conference in 53rd District Court on Wednesday. Judge Theresa Brennan issued the warrant and increased a $10,000 bond Springborn posted to $25,000 cash or surety.

Springborn faces four years in prison if convicted of animal cruelty. Livingston County Animal Control found the neglected and malnourished dogs April 8 after Ingham County asked for a welfare check at Springborn's home because of an investigation at her Stockbridge pet store.

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 469
Woman in animal hoarding gets trial

http://www.thehappyke...­

A Gregory woman accused of hoarding animals waived a preliminary exam Wednesday, sending her case to Circuit Court for trial.

Laura June Springborn, 38, is charged with cruelty to 10 or more animals.

Livingston County Animal Control officers found 24 dogs mostly small-breed dogs, including Chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers in the woman’s home, which officials said was “unsanitary.”

The discovery came after Ingham County Animal Control officials closed Springborn’s pet store in Stockbridge due to suspected animal cruelty. that investigation began when Springborn’s neighbors and customers at the pet store complained.

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 477
Laura Springborn's trial is scheduled for August 16th (Time tbd)

Livingston County Michigan
44th Circuit Court Administration
Judicial Building,
204 S. Highlander Way, Suite 5
Howell, MI 48843
Phone 517.546.8079
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 620
The August 16th Jury Trial was ajourned (rescheduled) to September 13th.

Judge: Michael P. Hatty
Prosecutor: David Morse
dmorse@co.livingston.mi.us
Angela Delvero (TBD)
Case Number: 10-19044
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 621
Sent to Prosecuting Attorney today

Dear Ms. DelVero,

On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup, I am writing to you regarding the case involving Laura Springborn (Animal Abandonment and Cruelty). I thank you for filing felony charges in this case. In light of the extreme cruelty 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, Ms. Springborn is accused of hoarding and breeding 24 small breed dogs, including Chihuahuas and miniature Doberman Pinchers, who were discovered by Livingston County officials to have insufficient food and water and covered in dog feces.

I lead a group called Puppy Mill Awareness in Southeast Michigan, which has several campaigns against pet stores and regularly set up information booths to educate the public. Through our research we have found that there are 46 pet stores in Michigan selling puppies, and we know most of them are working with commercial breeders out of state. But in some cases, like this one, they have a nearby operation. A pet store called Pet City Pets was raided similar to Laura Springborn’s case. I am attaching my Pet Store Study to show you how bad it really is here in Michigan.

The Michigan Humane Society also has a new campaign against pet stores called “Protect our Puppies”.
http://www.michiganhu...­

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 Springborn case is shocking and demands accountability.

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, and those who abuse animals pose a significant threat to public safety. Studies show that animal abusers are more likely to engage in domestic violence, to have been arrested for other violent crimes and drug offenses, and to engage in other delinquent behavior. And in this case, Ms. Springborn apparently also has a history with violations of the law.

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.

Sincerely
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