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Mecosta County Animal Shelter will no longer practice pound seizure after July 1, 2012

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Mecosta County Animal Shelter will no longer practice pound seizure after July 1, 2012

From Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Thank you for previously taking action to stop the troubling heart experiments on dogs at Wayne State University. As you know, many of the dogs used at Wayne State have come from two Michigan animal shelters—in Mecosta County and Gratiot County—a practice called pound seizure. I am writing today to share some good news—as of July 1, the Mecosta County Animal Shelter will no longer practice pound seizure!

This victory was made possible by vocal Michigan animal advocates with behind-the-scenes assistance from PCRM. In Michigan, activists like Cate Arroe of PetSavers educated the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners on why pound seizure is both cruel and unnecessary for scientific research. Meanwhile, PCRM filed a complaint against the Mecosta County Animal Shelter operators with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result, the USDA opened an investigation into the shelter, which transferred more than 140 dogs to research facilities in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available.

It looks like the shelter operators could not handle the pressure. In January, they announced to county commissioners that they would retire at the end of their current contract. The commissioners then confirmed that pound seizure will be prohibited in all future contracts, and that carbon monoxide gassing of animals will no longer be allowed. Michigan animal advocates are currently planning a new shelter where the focus will be on animals' well-being—not on profits.

Using dogs in experiments is ethically and scientifically unsound, and this victory will save countless dogs from suffering.