Sunday, March 6, 2011 (Part 1) – At approximately 2:00 am on Sunday, March 6, 2011, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 527 Ida-Maybee Road, Rasinville Township, Monroe County, Michigan immediately following a dog fight which occurred at this location. Participating in the raid and/or on scene immediately following the raid were the following law enforcement and animal protection agencies/organizations: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Michigan State Police – Monroe Post (MSP-Monroe), Humane Society Huron Valley (HSHV), and Michigan Humane Society (MHS), and Monroe County Animal Control (MCAC). 27 people and five dogs were taken into the custody of the MCSO, MCAC division as a result of this raid. These five dogs included Maximum Punishment, Sid Vicious, Little P, Morgan, and Reilly.
Sunday, March 6, 2011 (Part 2) – At approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 6, 2011, Monroe SPCA members found five dogs on the aforementioned property left behind by law enforcement and animal protection agencies and organizations who participated in the raid. Upon finding the dogs Monroe SPCA immediately contacted Monroe County Central Dispatch (MCCD) informing them of this and requesting that law enforcement and animal protective agencies be dispatched/return to the property location. Officers arriving on scene in succession included MCSO Deputies, Jeff Kemp and Mike Bomia, and MCAC Officer, David Grow. MCSO Detectives, Joe Hammond and Dave Davison and MSP Trooper, Jim Jarret arrived on scene approximately two hours after the dogs were found. MCSO Detective Sergeant, Health Velliquette headed the Monroe County Dog Raid investigation. The five dogs taken into the custody of the MCSO at that time included Monroe, Dusty, Razzle, and Marvin, and should have included Justice (it is presently unknown however, if this was the case).
Monday, March 7, 2011 – On Monday, March 7, 2011 Monroe SPCA arrived at the MCAC facility intending to help attend to the dogs' needs. They brought with them donations of food, treats, blankets, medical supplies, and specifically, for the dogs confiscated the previous day in the dog raid, Pedialyte (most needed by Marvin). Monroe SPCA again offered to fund all medical care and treatment and to provide transport to and from veterinary clinics for all of the dogs, but their offers and their donations were refused by MCAC Director, Linda Benson.
Click on the Following Link to View Photos of the Dogs:
Dogs Removed from Monroe dogfighting house: Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2011
Click on the Following Links to Read News Articles: March 7, 2011:
Dog fighting ring busted: Monroe Evening News, March 7, 2011
Two Michigan men arraigned on dogfighting charges: Toledo Blade, March 7, 2011
Dozens jailed following Michigan dog-fighting raid: Boston News Herald, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – News articles which appeared on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Review, analysis, and commentary about, among other things, the alignment, transparency, accuracy, and truthfulness of statements made to the press and the events in relation to those statements which actually occurred or are currently occurring, as well as public access to information/documents (FOIA) will be posted soon.
Click on the Following Links to Read News Articles: March 8, 2011:
Two dog-fight suspects appear in court: Toledo Blade, March 8, 2011
Dog-fighting charges expected today against 24: Monroe Evening News, March 8, 2011
Two charged in dog fight case: Monroe Evening News, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – News articles which appeared on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Review, analysis, and commentary about, among other things, the alignment, transparency, accuracy, and truthfulness of statements made to the press and the events in relation to those statements which actually occurred or are currently occurring, as well as public access to information/documents (FOIA) will be posted soon.
Click on the Following Links to Read News Articles: March 9, 2011:
Two dogs die of fighting injuries: Monroe Evening News, March 9, 2011
24 more face dog-fighting charges in court: Monroe Evening News, March 9, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011 – On Thursday, March 10, 2011, Monroe SPCA President, Trina Stillwagon approached Monroe County Prosecutor, William Nichols, initiating the first of several discussions with his office regarding the humane treatment and fate of the dogs confiscated from the March 6, 2011 dog raid. This meeting occurred at the Monroe County Courthouse (immediately following preliminary examinations [before Judge Vitale] of those charged with violating Michigan Law, MCL 750.49).
Friday, March 18, 2011 – On Friday, March 18, 2011, Monroe SPCA President, Trina Stillwagon sent by registered mail a Letter of Request and a Proposal to Prosecutor, William Nichols of the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office regarding the dogs seized at the March 6, 2011 raid. This Proposal articulated for the Prosecutor's Office options to consider before making recommendations to the Court regarding the dogs' fates.
Monday, March 21, 2011 – On Monday, March 21, 2011, Monroe SPCA President, Trina Stillwagon sent by registered mail a Letter of Request and a copy of the Proposal to President, Jerry Kovach of the Humane Society of Monroe County (HSMC), noting that the original Proposal had already been sent to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office County, Attention Prosecutor, William Nichols (reference Proposal to Prosecutor, March 18, 2011).
Friday, March 25, 2011 – On Friday, March 25, 2011 Monroe SPCA representatives, President, Trina Stillwagon and Director, Leslie Marshall-McLaughlin met with Monroe County Prosecutor, William Nichols at the Monroe County Prosecutors' Office. Primary discussion centered on whether two dogs, Little P and Morgan, would/should be returned to Pamela Cole, the woman who resided at the property at the time of the dog fight and raid, and who then, according to Michigan Law, was a party responsible for providing adequate care to any dog or dogs who resided there, as well. Because eight dogs resided at the same property that Pamela Cole leased and resided at (possessed); Pamela Cole then, would have been a party responsible for ensuring that adequate care was provided to all eight of those dogs (not two, eight). The eight dogs, collectively, included Little P, Morgan, Reilly, Monroe, Dusty, Razzle, Marvin, and Justice.
Prosecutor Nichols, additionally, requested the help of Monroe SPCA attorney, Beth Wickwire, specifically asking if she would help the Prosecutor's Office by researching Michigan Law and court rulings (Statutes and Case Law) regarding two specific issues: (1) whether Michigan Law affords to animals victims' rights; and/or (2) whether Michigan Law allows animals to have appointed to them victims' advocates. Ms. Wickwire and Monroe SPCA willingly, and with hopeful expectations, agreed to do this (Reference Legal Outline to Prosecutor, April 4, 2011).
Click on the following links to view the dogs seized from Michael Vick's property and see how two animal rescue organizations by first, giving these victims a voice, then, gave them a future:
Monday, March 29, 2011 - On March 29, 2011, the County of Monroe filed a Complaint and Petition to Euthanize Animals in Monroe County First District Court seeking to euthanize the five dogs classified as Pit Bulls, Monroe, Reilly, Marvin, Dusty, and Razzle, pursuant to MCL 750.49, dog fighting, (and not MCL 750.50 cruelty and neglect; failure to provide adequate care, which evidence supported). Monroe SPCA was not informed, nor aware, that this Complaint and Petition to Euthanize had been filed at this time. Marvin died sometime shortly thereafter while being held in the protective custody and care of the Petitioners (County of Monroe) at the MCAC facility. Although medical care and treatment had been continuously offered to all of the dogs seized, including Marvin, it was continuously denied by the Petitioners and employees of the Petitioners.
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