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Ban Pound Seizure and Animal Dealers

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It is hard to imagine that dogs and cats are still being used as expendable tools in lethal experiments. It is a difficult fact that some of these animals were once accustomed to life in a human home and are now confined within a laboratory cage.


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Joanna D (216)
Friday February 20, 2009, 4:35 pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the federal agency that enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA requires that animal dealers be licensed as Class 'A' or Class 'B' dealers and that facilities operated by these dealers be inspected by the USDA. Class A dealers are animal breeders. Class B dealers may also breed animals, but also purchase and re–sell live and/or dead animals. USDA regulations require that a Class B dealer may only obtain animals from random sources such as auction sales, other USDA–licensed dealers, pounds and shelters (where state law allows), "humane groups and contract pounds organized as legal entities under the laws of their State," and from private persons who have raised and bred the animal on their own premises (which could include animals offered in 'free to good home' ads). Proper documentation must be available for each animal to assure legal acquisition (i.e., documents should allow individuals to trace the animal's origin). USDA regulations also stipulate holding periods for random source animals to allow animal guardians ample time to find lost or stolen animals. For example, a licensed Class B dealer is required to hold an animal obtained from a pound or shelter for 10 full days, not including the day of acquisition, before selling the animal.

Class 'B' dealers may sell these animals to entities such as biological supply companies (those that provide live and dead animals to classrooms and laboratories that are also considered Class 'B' dealers under the AWA definition), blood supply companies/facilities that collect blood from animal colonies for veterinary medical use, and research/testing laboratories.

End the Ultimate Betrayal: Help Outlaw Class B Dealers!

Cruella, a shepherd chow mix who wore a purple collar, was found lost in a small town in Michigan. She may have thought that she was being rescued when workers from the county pound picked her up, but instead it was the start of a year-long nightmare, one in which she was handed over to an animal dealer who later sold her to a university for use in painful veterinary medical training exercises.

Cruella was the victim of a practice called pound seizure, the sale of cats and dogs from a shelter to a research or education facility, oftentimes through random-source animal brokers called class B dealers. While it may be difficult to imagine animals who once lived in loving homes being confined within a laboratory cage, it is the harsh reality for thousands of cats and dogs, like Cruella, every year. Worse yet, three states―Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Utah―legally require publicly-funded shelters and pounds to provide dogs and cats for research use such as experimentation and terminal education exercises, and others allow it.

Pound seizure presents a unique ethical disconnect that goes beyond the suffering of the individual animal because it erodes the very core of a shelter’s purpose: to protect animals in need from harm. Purchased by random source class B dealers, these animals find themselves confined and socially isolated in unfamiliar environments. While only 10 of these dealers are currently operating in the country, many of whom have been cited for animal cruelty, they fetch huge profits, selling dogs and cats to research and education institutions, where they are subject to painful and distressful procedures and eventual death.

As controversial today as in the late 1800s, pound seizure was the impetus of the establishment of AAVS, as our Founder, Caroline Earle White, worked to prohibit the release of dogs from Philadelphia pounds for use in experimentation. AAVS has been successful in advocating against pound seizure in Pennsylvania, as well as other states.

The practice of pound seizure could be significantly limited if random source class B dealers were outlawed. However, this will take an act of Congress.

What you can do!
Please use the form below to contact your federal legislators and urge them to introduce legislation to prohibit random source class B dealers. Tell them that these class B dealers are shrouded by animal mistreatment and cruelty, yet they profit from the sale of animals to research and education facilities. Only Congress can put them out of business.

Send email here:

Take Action Against Pound Seizure
End Pound Seizure in Montcalm County!

UPDATE: The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners met on January 26 to discuss plans to renew the animal shelter's contract with R&R Research. The Commissioners voted 8-1 to renew the contract with R&R Research for six months while the Commissioners establish a citizen's committee to study the issue further. While the animals will still have to endure six more months of being sold to research, the original contract to be signed was for five years. The outpouring of opposition to the contract obviously had an impact on the Commissioners. And now there is still time to take action and spread the word!

The animal shelter in Montcalm County, Michigan currently provides animals to United States Department of Agriculture licensed class B dealer, R&R Research. Class B dealers obtain dogs and cats from random sources such as shelters and then sell them to research and education facilities for use in experiments and laboratory exercises.

Euthanasia of animals in shelters is a result of irresponsible animal breeding and overpopulation, and class B dealers should not be able to exploit this unfortunate reality. Communities have increasingly been abandoning the practice of pound seizure and instead are looking at other ways to reduce the number of homeless animals, including spay/neuter programs and proactive adoption policies. Montcalm County should do the same.

What You Can Do:
If you live in Montcalm County, please take a moment to politely urge the County Commissioners not to extend the animal shelter's contract with R&R Research. Please also ask your friends and family to do the same.

Commissioner Ron Blanding
District 1
403 W High Street
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 225-7972

Commissioner Tom Lindeman
District 2
8060 S. Backus Road
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-4918

Commissioner Ron Retzloff
District 3
786 S. Senator Rd.
Crystal, MI 48818
(989) 235-6827

Commissioner John Johansen
District 4
3503 S. Monroe Rd.
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-5375

Commissioner Carl Paepke
District 5
18419 Stanton Rd. NW
Pierson, MI 49339
(616) 636-5692

Commissioner Ron Baker
District 6
PO Box 91
Howard City, MI 49329
(231) 937-5465

Commissioner Pat Carr
District 7
10397 Almy Rd.
Lakeview, MI 48850
(989) 352-8129

Commissioner Roger Caris
District 8
8984 E. Deaner Rd.
Vestaburg, MI 48891
(989) 268-5875

Commissioner Steven Crouse
District 9
8701 Session Rd
Carson City, MI 48811
(989) 235-4696

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Linda H (199)
Friday February 20, 2009, 4:46 pm
Noted and action taken.Thanks,Joanna

Joanna D (216)
Friday February 20, 2009, 5:21 pm
More info:
USDA Registered Random Source Class B Animal Dealers By State
State Business Name Location
Alabama John Pesnell/Pesnell Kennels Arab, AL
Arkansas CC and Jeanette Baird/Martin Creek Kennels Willford, AK
Connecticut Team Associates Dayville, CT
Illinois Michael Cooper/Triple C Farms St. Joseph, IL
Indiana Gene Clark/Salt Creek Kennel Trafalgar, IN
Indiana Mark and Penny Lynch/LBL Kennels Reelsville, IN
Iowa Dennis and Toots Conrad/Conrad Livestock Keota, IA
Michigan Hodgins Kennel Howell, MI
Michigan Mary Ulrich/Cheri-Hill Kennel and Supply Stanwood, MI
Michigan R & R Research Howard City, MI
Minnesota Ken Schroeder Wells, MN
Missouri Mildred and Danny Schachtele/Middlefolk Kennels Salisbury,MO
New York Ray and Valerie Dolan/R & V Kennels North Java, NY
Ohio Robert A. Perry Mt. Sterling, OH
Oklahoma Henry Lee Cooper/C&C Kennels Wewoka, OK
Oklahoma James Hester/Anamerica Inc. Pryor, OK
Oklahoma Larry Paris/Circle P Kennels Kenefic, OK
Pennsylvania Bruce Rotz Shippensburg, PA

Elderberry T (201)
Friday February 20, 2009, 5:39 pm
Tried but UK only ....

Elderberry T (201)
Friday February 20, 2009, 5:40 pm
Sorry mistake tried but US ONLY...

Joanna D (216)
Friday February 20, 2009, 5:53 pm
there is also petition:


State law requires release of animals:

(Also see: Minnesota's Shame)

Minn. Stat. § 35.71 (2001)

35.71 Unclaimed and unredeemed animals impounded; scientific use or other disposition

Subd. 3….The records must be maintained in a form permitting easy perusal by the public. A person may view the records and animals in custody at any time during which the establishment is open to the public. At the end of the five-day period, all animals which remain unredeemed must be made available to any licensed institution which has requested that number of animals. However, if a tag affixed to the animal or a statement by the animal's owner after the animal's seizure specifies that the animal may not be used for research, the animal must not be made available to any institution and may, in the discretion of the establishment, be destroyed after the expiration of the five-day period. If a request is made by a licensed institution to an establishment for more animals than are available at the time of the request, the establishment must withhold from destruction all unclaimed and unredeemed animals until the request has been filled. The actual expense of holding animals beyond the time of notice to the institution of their availability must be borne by the institution receiving them. An establishment which fails or refuses to comply with this section is ineligible for any further public funds from any county or municipality.

MARY D (158)
Friday February 20, 2009, 6:17 pm
E-mails sent Joanna for the babies....thank you for posting this to us.

Lee B (81)
Friday February 20, 2009, 7:30 pm
Action taken, thank you Joanna.

Joycey B (750)
Friday February 20, 2009, 7:48 pm
E-mails sent and already signed petition. Noted with thanks Joanna.

Thank you! You signed at 7:46 AM PDT, Aug 5, 2008

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday February 20, 2009, 9:31 pm
Great job Joanna, Thank you.
I didn't realize Minnesota was also guilty of this:(
Here is another petition and protest for the Michigan labs testing on dogs.

You can still help end the University of Michigan’s use of live dogs for trauma training. In recent weeks, supporters like you have sent more than 19,000 e-mails to university administrators asking them to end the use of live dogs in the school’s Advanced Trauma Life Support course. However, the decision-makers at the University of Michigan don’t seem to be getting the message that most of these courses are taught with advanced medical simulators—not with live animals.

That’s why PCRM will lead a demonstration at the University of Michigan (U-M) on March 5, just two weeks before the school’s next scheduled Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course. Please join us and bring your dogs!

What: Physician-led peaceful demonstration at U-M
When: Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m.
Location: Southeast corner of S. State St. and N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
Parking: Please use nearby public parking.

Signs will be provided. Please make sure to dress warmly. No RSVP is required

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family within driving distance of Ann Arbor and ask them to join you at the demonstration.

Documents obtained by PCRM under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act reveal that U-M is using lost or surrendered pets from Michigan shelters for its ATLS course. At U-M, this course involves cutting open live, anesthetized dogs and practicing emergency medical procedures. After the training session, the animals are killed. All of this happens even though the school owns a validated nonanimal teaching method as part of its state-of-the-art medical simulation center.

While a handful of institutions like U-M continue to use live animals, the American College of Surgeons, the ATLS oversight body, has approved nonanimal models like the TraumaMan System, Synman, and human cadavers for these courses. Across the United States and Canada more than 90 percent of ATLS courses are taught using only human-based simulators.

Please visit to learn more. Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Best regards,

Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Programs

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 202-686-2210

Mary P (177)
Friday February 20, 2009, 10:04 pm
Noted. Mary, thank you for signing "Ban Pound Seizure in Minnesota"
Most surprised to see only 406 signatures.

Friday February 20, 2009, 10:05 pm

De L (321)
Friday February 20, 2009, 10:05 pm
I love all of my animals - 1 puppy and 4 cats - so please don't take this the wrong way. I would rather see them put to sleep than end up in research. Animals are bred in the labs as well - sold to the "researchers" at a much higher price than that listed at the shelters - and most of these animals are not posted for adoption. This was found out at a shelter in Georgia just last year. And does everyone remember Sweet Liz??? There are so many things available now for students to learn on - robot-like dummys - that animals don't have to be sacrificed and tortured. Please find out if this goes on in your local shelters - and if so contact you local Politicians and MAKE them listen to you. A visit to the office works wonders.

Alejandra Vega (139)
Friday February 20, 2009, 10:13 pm
The petition is closed... cannot it be re-opened? TY, Joanna

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 1:32 am
You're right Alejandra, I thought that the Care2 glitch had been fixed long time ago - I can't see the message that a petition is closed until I log out , what I see is:
Thank you! You signed at 5:03 PM PDT, Aug 5, 2008
You can do more! Show me more petitions »
The last signature was on 31st Jan - shame we forgot about the petition!

What can be done to ban pound seizure in Minesota:

Contact your state Senator and Representative and tell them you want to see pound seizure banned in Minnesota. If you are not sure who represents you and you live in the metro area, call the House Public Information Services and the operator will connect you directly to your Representative's or Senator's office:
Information Services
State Office Building
Paul, MN 55155-1298
Phone: 651-296-2146800-657-3550
toll-free (voice); or MN Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529

House Public Information Services - Call House Information for assistance with finding your representative and senator.

Phone: (651) 296-2146 or 1 (800) 657-3550

Write to them:

Minnesota District Finder:

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 1:47 am
the numbers above once again:
Phone: 651-296-2146
800-657-3550 toll-free (voice);
or MN Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529

Kathy W (299)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 2:10 am
Noted, petition previously signed, and emails sent. Thanks Joanna.

wiz wi (7)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 3:56 am
why do theses sick evil monstars do this are they the scarecrow out of the wizard of ozz who not got a brain. hope the witch put a spell on them i would if i knew who they was my vodoo doll and pins is ready

Rose L (202)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 5:41 am
Petition was previously signed
Thank you! You signed at 7:13 AM PDT, Aug 8, 2008

Eleanor B (909)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 9:20 am
The petition could be re-opened. The author only has to ask Care2. This is such a horrible situation.

Joanna D (216)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 11:42 am
Eleanor I wrote to the sponsor. If they will re-open it I'll post info. There should be much more signatures not only 406

nurith k (93)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 3:35 pm
i can't sign, i am a foreigner, but every time i read about these animal labs, i wish, i could sneak in there and catch the so called scientists, who are in truth just perveted animal abusers, with no human inside anymore. i am vegan, i can't even see blood, without going sick, but i would love to test them like they test on animals, just to show them, what this pains they are giving the animals, feels like, and not just the scientists, the big pharma bosses, the big pharma lobbies and the politicians who give tax money and permissions to these labs too!!! i think animal labs are guatanamo for animals, so why not change it to labs for human trash like the big pharma????

Leigh B (211)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 5:57 pm
Email sent, this is just too horrendous for me to fathom!

. (0)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 8:04 pm
Messages sent -thanks Joanna.

Helen H (4)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 8:04 pm
No live animal should be use for research to day anywhere when its good alternative out there.
Animals all over the world are looked at as material objects and not a not a living beings with personalities and feelings, it really gets to me.
I hope in a hundred years time they will look back at us as savages because of the way we use animals.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 12:26 am
Dear Miss Lido,

Thank you for contacting University of Michigan's president Dr. Coleman, and urging her to immediately end the practice of using live dogs as a teaching tool. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Your message has been sent to the following:

* Dr. Mary Sue Coleman

Ryan Merkley
Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Program

Joanna D (216)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 6:09 am
I've got info that animal rights coalition (the petition's sponsor) will launch a campaign to end minnesota seizure - I'll let you know when it will be ready
Thanks for taking the actions

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday February 22, 2009, 4:55 pm
Thank you! You signed at 4:18 PM PDT, Aug 9, 2008
You can do more! Show me more petitions »
Thanks for the link, Joanna!
noted. :-)

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Monday February 23, 2009, 5:38 am
Petition: Thank you! You signed at 7:32 AM PDT, Aug 6, 2008 (is closed now)

Noted and will crosspost and share and it is a pity that I could not send the online letter, is for U.S. only.
Thanks Joanna

wiz wi (7)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 2:31 am
only evil monsters kill or harm

Rie Touma (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 10:18 pm
I am too late.....Sorry everyone.. T___T
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