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From 10 August 2006 Issue

Jackson County Volunteers Win Victory Over Pound Seizure!

Re: Jackson County Commission Meeting of July 18, 2006. Jackson County, Michigan stops the sale of shelter pets to research!!

Date: July 21, 2006

Jackson County Volunteers Against Pound Seizure, an all-volunteer Michigan pet welfare non-profit, along with fellow pet lovers, animal activists and concerned citizens who fought the issue before, won a huge victory in Jackson County, Michigan on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. After decades of allowing pound seizure (the sale of county shelter pets to research), this practice has ended!

Attempts to stop it date back to the 60's right after it began. The largest effort was valiantly led by nationally known artist Nancy Camden (then Hauser) in the mid 80's when residents gathered over 6,000 petition signatures. Prominent residents like Vern Webster (a long time, well-respected and beloved Republican Jackson County Commissioner) put in many long hours to protect pets.

Jackson County Volunteers Against Pound Seizure formed after the vote was lost again in 2004 and worked diligently for several years putting up a website, having information booths, writing letters to the editor and speaking at commission meetings. Attorney Allie Phillips volunteered countless hours giving legal advice. Dr. Bob Walsh presented scientific evidence why county shelter pets do not make good research models because their history is not known. Our commissioners voted 10-1 to stop the practice. Our pets are now safer and our community now follows the guidelines of the National Animal Control Association which benefits everyone in our community!

Please check out our website for the history and details of this important pet welfare cause-including the story of Conan who was sold to research and killed before his owners could get him back. We now join the approximately 76 out of 83 counties in Michigan who care about the welfare of our pets. This proves a small group of people can make a difference!!

Thank you!


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