For immediate release:
Jul 22, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Van Buren County, Michigan. – Armed with a condemning USDA report documenting the neglect and filth at a local puppy factory run by Jacob Lambwright, PETA sent a letter today to Van Buren County Attorney Susan Zuderven asking for an investigation and allegation of allegation in relation to animals, as the case may be, against those responsible for depriving dogs of water, shelter and sanitation, as determined by an inspection by the federal government.
According to a June 16 report that was just released to the public, a USDA inspector found three dogs in the enclosure without water and ordered Lambright to fill the water tank. Then the dogs drank non-stop for almost a full minute. Twenty-nine dogs were kept in “excessive amounts of feces,” and 17 dogs lived in five kennels that they could not fit in at the same time. One dog was tied with a “heavy chain” to two logs, while the other was tied to a fence, which, as the report notes, “could lead to injury or strangulation of the animals and possible death.”
“Most of the puppies sold at pet stores come from factories like this, where dogs are treated like breeding machines, strapped like old bicycles and left to languish in their own mud,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphne Nachminovic. “PETA wants the perpetrators to be held accountable and urges everyone never to buy animals from pet stores that support these brutal business operations.”
Michigan Anti-Cruelty Law requires dogs to be provided with sufficient water, doghouses of the right size for their size, and space free of excessive litter. Offenders can face felony charges, jail time and mandatory counseling, among other consequences.
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