A Minnesota Problem: Puppy and Kitten Mills



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News, Action, and Updates

• UPDATE: Anthony Sather brutally beat, tortured and killed Draco, a Husky/Shibu Inu mix, and then videotaped this horrific act. He was sentenced on August 17 to one year in jail, 4 years supervised probation and numerous conditions. For news articles and news release from Sherburne County Attorney go to: Anthony Sather.

UPDATE: Neal Zumberge, a New Brighton man, found guilty by a jury trial in the murder of his neighbor. Reports stated that the killing was due, in part, to his neighbor (Todd Stevens) feeding deer. Steven's girlfriend testifies other dead animals, including a beheaded squirrel, mutilated bird, and body parts of deer were left in their yard. Article: Zumberge found guilty

NEWS: A complaint was filed by Last Chance for Animals against Christensen Farms (large hog production facility) in Rock County, MN for animal cruelty. For details: Minnesota hog farm suspends 7 over animal abuse video. To view video: Factory Farm 360

• NEWS: Minnesota man (trophy hunter Walter Palmer) kills Cecil, a beloved lion in Zimbabwe. Go to: Cecil the Lion 

• HEAT KILLS: Even if the temperature outside is just 70˚F, the temperature inside a vehicle can climb to dangerously high levels in just minutes — and a dog or cat could suffer severe illness or die if left unattended in the car. Learn more about this issue and print the flyer to generate awareness: HEAT KILLS

DATABANK: Animal Folks is working hard on a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with legal volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. Together, we are gathering cruelty case documents for analysis. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, if psychological evaluations were ordered and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs. See 3M report (p 7) for mention of project and our great partners.

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. The MN Board of Animal Health gave licenses to two of the largest breeders in the state — one with over 900 dogs and puppies and another with over 1,000 dogs and puppies. Link: List of Licensees

• CASE: MN dog breeder in Cass County found guilty of animal cruelty. Over 130 animals seized but breeder was allowed to continue breeding. The MN Board of Animal Health granted this breeder a state license. READ: Breeder - Rowell

• CASE: MN dog breeder in Dakota County found guilty of 13 felony counts of animal cruelty in 2014. Read about case: Dog Breeder-Dayna Bell

• MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION: Go to: Minnesota State Legislature



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