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ミネソタ州でのアニマルレスキュー

心が痛む光景ですが・・ミネソタ州の北部でのアニマルレスキューに関するニュース


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隣人から犬猫の世話を怠っていると通報を受けた警察は家宅捜査の令状を取り
飼育放棄をしている家に乗り込むと・・

そこには猫が2匹、アメリカンエスキモー犬28匹の糞尿にまみれ放置されている光景が・・劣悪な環境に放置されていた犬猫達、体重はもちろん通常に比べて相当少ないようです。

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いままでにもキースホンドレスキューで糞尿まみれ・・という表現をさせて頂いてきていますが・・こんな酷い
状態・・・白い毛だから尚更一目瞭然・・毛を刈らないとどうしようもないくらい糞もがちがちになっているのでしょう・・

現在は1997年に設立され現在も寄付金などで運営されているミネソタ州にあるPennington County Humane Societyにて保護されているようです。

この馬鹿ップルは10日間(90日のうち)刑務所に入れられるようです。男性は既に有罪判決が出ているようですが、女性に対して判決が出るのは2月の初旬くらいのようです。仮にこれから1年間、動物の飼育などは禁止。もしこの約束を破れば残りの80日間刑務所に入れられるそうです。

もちろん、この判決には不服・・犬猫達が置かれてきた環境と心身状態を考慮するともっと重い刑罰が科されてもいいのではないか・と考えちゃいます。

犬猫達を本当の意味で守る法律が必要ですね・・

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The court cases against Mikki Johnson & Rebecca Thompson are pretty much over. Both have pled guilty to 29 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and have been convicted. Mikki has already been sentenced; Rebecca will be sentenced in early February.

According to Polk County Assistant Attorney Joe Judd, the sentences for the 29 counts are combined into one, which means they have the same penalty no matter how many animals were involved.

In a nutshell, they have 90 days with all but 10 days stayed - they will have to sit in jail for those 10 days. There are also fines & restitution which they have the option to pay via community service. They had to give up ownership of the remaining 3 dogs (Nitro, Lucy & Honey) to the State of Minnesota, who in turn has given ownership to us (Pennington County Humane Society). In addition, they cannot raise, buy, sell, board, train, breed or have anything to do with dogs for the next year or have any similar offenses. If they do, they will have to serve the remaining 80 days in jail and may have to pay additional fines.

This is a huge disappointment to me. A misdemeanor charge, 10 days in jail, some community service and being good for a year doesn't begin to make up for the hell these 29 dogs endured. Will it deter Mikki & Rebecca from keeping dogs in similar deplorable conditions in the future? Will it make other irresponsible breeders take notice and start taking better care of their animals?

The sad truth is that there are NO State laws that regulate dog and cat breeding in Minnesota.

There is hope, however, because legislation (S.F. 7/H.F. 253) has been introduced in Minnesota that will help protect dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from irresponsible breeders who are not concerned with the health and well-being of their animals. The bill holds commercial dog and cat breeders to a standard of care that some are not and have not been providing by requiring yearly inspections and being licensed by the State. It will give all of us confidence in knowing our purchased dogs and cats have come from a clean, healthy and humane environment. Who wouldn't want that?

Representative Olin sits on the House Agriculture Policy Committee (which is where H.F. 253 is waiting for a hearing). Because of pressure from the NRA, he has amended the bill to exempt breeders of hunting/sporting dogs from complying with the bill! It is very important for you to contact him right away. Let him know that we don't want ANY animal abused, mistreated or neglected. Urge him to remove the hunting/sporting dog exemption because EVERY dog deserves to be treated humanely. If the exemption is not removed, this bill will not affect Mikki & Rebecca should they begin their dog breeding business again a year from now.

Senator Leroy Stumpf needs to be contacted regarding S.F. 7. Urge him to support this important bill without an exemption of sporting/hunting dogs that would allow commercial breeders, such as Mikki & Rebecca, to operate their business totally unregulated.

The more voices they hear and letters they read from people in support of this bill, the more likely they (as OUR representatives) will vote in favor of this bill. Remember to tell them NO EXEMPTIONS, as hunting/sporting dogs, like the 29 removed from Johnson & Thompson, deserve humane treatment that will only be assured by State law.

State Representative Dave Olin can be emailed at rep.dave.olin@house.mn, or written to at 593 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or phoned at 651-296-9635. Be sure to tell him it's regarding H.F. 253 (the breeder bill) and you would like him to vote YES on the bill and there should be NO exemptions.

State Senator Leroy Stumpf can be contacted at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Capitol Building Room 208, St. Paul, MN 55155, or phoned at 651-296-8660. Be sure to tell him you are calling in strong support of S.F. 7 (the breeder bill) and you would like him to support the bill without any exemptions.

To read H.F. 253, click here: http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS86/HF0253.1.pdf . If you do not have internet access, give me a call at 218-681-8045 and I will send you a printed copy.

If you would like to get more involved in helping get these bills passed into law, you can email stopthesuffering@yahoo.com and ask to be added to their database. They will then send you alerts when more action needs to be taken on the bills. S.F. 7/H.F. 253 still need to pass out of more committees. But, first, contact Rep. Olin and Senator Stumpf.

I'm extremely proud to live in this part of our state, as our community response to cases like the 29 sick & starving hunting dogs is amazing. Please continue caring by taking action to turn this bill into law. The puppies, kittens, dogs & cats of Minnesota need YOU.

Thank you,

Dawn Williamson, Operations Manager

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