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Letter to the Missaukee County Prosecutor

From: Pam
Sent on: Friday, May 31, 2013 9:13 AM

Photo from February 2012 PMA investigation.
Notice dog in the back holding up paw from the painful ice.


Dear Mr. Donnelly

On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan, I am writing to you regarding the case involving John Jones (Public Nuisance). I thank you for successfully obtaining a court order to seize and rescue the animals. In light of the extreme neglect alleged and the suffering that these animals must have endured, I urge you to consider this a hoarding situation and impose conditions that can prevent this from happening again in another county or state and to possibly help Mr. Jones.

Jones is very likely to resume collecting an excessive number of animals unless closely monitored. Hoarders are like drug addicts—you can't cure them, you can only prevent relapses.

Please require psychological counseling and prohibit Jones from having animals anywhere, not just Missaukee County.

According to the inspection reports, Mr. Jones is accused of housing over 160 dogs, including Jack Russells, Shiba Inus and Border Collies, who were discovered by the Roscommon Animal Control Officer to have insufficient water, shelter, sanitary conditions, and protection from the elements. (THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931)

In addition, Mr. Jones was performing his own removal of dew claws and tail docking on the puppies. Such actions are illegal in Michigan. These procedures are considered a surgery and can only be preformed by a licensed veterinarian. (PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT) Act 368 of 1978)

Without successful treatment programs for animal hoarders, we can only rely on strong, carefully considered sentencing that includes constant probation and social work oversight.

If you can not protect the animals outside of the county with your civil case, please file criminal charges with the appropriate sentencing.

Michiganians have no tolerance for animal neglect or cruelty and want those who commit such acts held accountable. The sheer number of animals involved in the Jones case is shocking and demands further action.


Pam Sordyl
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan
[address removed]


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