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Post by Ken » Sat, 02 Sep 2000 06:07:05



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Subject:  Need Help getting PUPPY MILLL
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 08:15:41 -0500

Sorry if this is duplication for some of you; please forward/write
quickly,
as the sentencing is coming up soon, and they won't have time to read
the
letters before sentencing on the 22nd. Since most of us do not live in
that
County, I suggest that letters focus on the fact that sentencing in ALL
counties of TN affects future sentencing everywhere, and we need for all
TN
courts to be diligent and effective in order to create deterrent to
future
violations.  Be sure to THANK the D.A.'s office for their work, and the
fact
that the dollar amount of the fine was appropriate. THANKS! - Katie
Duran,
Humane Society of Roane County, Kingston TN PH.  865/376-7300

Update: Urge Prosecution of Tennessee Puppy Mill Owners

In September 1999, Humboldt, TN couple Judy and Stanley Johnson
were charged with cruelty to animals for alleged neglect and abuse of
the
more
than 350 dogs the Gibson County Sheriff's Department and Dyersburg
Humane
Society officials found at their puppy mill.

Among the atrocious conditions found on the Johnson property were
countless dead animals, *** dogs trying to nurse dead puppies, animals
with
cataracts and other illnesses and injuries being used for breeding,
animals
matted
together, dogs covered with fleas and open sores, and animals shoved
into
tight, dark cages filled inches-high with feces, provided with only
moldy
food mixed with feces and algae-ridden water. The dogs were found
stacked
from floor to ceiling in the house, barn, and trailer.

Officials reported that due to their constant confinement in cages, many
of
the dogs were fearful when they saw grass for the first time. Dyersburg
Humane Society President Carol Feather told news reporters, "It's an
example
of all the horror stories you hear with puppy mills."

Fortunately, through the diligence of humane society employees and
volunteers, all but a few of the dogs were adopted. On August 16, the
Johnsons were each found guilty on 11 counts of cruelty to animals,
fined
$11,000, and they will be sentenced on September 22. Please send a
polite
letter asking that the Johnsons be required to serve jail time and
reimburse
the Dyersburg Humane Society for the cost of care and treatment of the
hundreds of animals taken from their home and be strictly prohibited
from
owning or harboring any animals. Send your letters to:

                 Larry Hardister, Assistant District Attorney
                 Gibson Co. District Attorney's Office
                 110 S. College Street, Suite 200
                 Trenton, TN  38382