Feds Find Dogs Neglected at Van Buren County Puppy Mill; PETA Seeks Criminal Probe

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July 22, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Van Buren County, Michigan. – Armed with a damning report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting neglect and filth at a local puppy factory run by Jacob Lambright, PETA today sent a letter to Van Buren County Attorney Susan Zuiderveen in which she is she called on animal cruelty to be indicted against those who deprived dogs of water, shelter and sanitation, as a federal government inspection found.

According to the just released June 16 report, a USDA inspector found three dogs in an enclosure without water and instructed Lambright to fill the water container. The dogs then drank for almost a full minute without stopping. Twenty-nine dogs were locked in “excessive feces” and 17 dogs shared only five kennels, which could not all fit at the same time. One dog was tied to two logs with a “heavy chain” and another was tied to a fence, which the report said could lead to “injury or strangulation of animals and possibly death”.

“Most of the puppies sold in pet stores come from factories like this one, where dogs are treated like breeding machines, tied up like old bicycles and languishing in their own filth,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of PETA. “PETA wants those responsible to be prosecuted and urges everyone never to buy animals from the pet stores that keep these gruesome operations going.”

Michigan’s anti-cruelty law requires that dogs be provided with adequate water, kennels of adequate dimensions for their size and space without excessive waste. Violators can face criminal charges, prison terms, and mandatory psychological counseling, among other things.

PETA – whose motto is in part that “animals must not be abused in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-dominant worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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