Demand Justice for Puppy Mill Cruelty
  • Petitioned Lonoke County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Department and District Attorney

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Lonoke County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Department and District Attorney

Demand Justice for Puppy Mill Cruelty

    1. Jolie Hendricks
    2. Petition by

      Jolie Hendricks

      Aurora, CO

On June 28, 2012, 137 dogs were confiscated from the property of Sandra and Marcus Nance, after it was determined that the dogs were living in deplorable conditions that subjected them to heat extremes of nearly 110 degree temperatures, with no cool water or shade. Many of these same dogs were living in their own feces. Due to a pending investigation, further information about their living conditions is unknown, but it is typical that dogs living in a puppy mill live in crowded cages, and receive little to no veterinary care, socialization, or grooming. The heat the day they were confiscated was so unbearable that one of the animal control officers at the scene collapsed from heat exhaustion. These miserable animals are subjected to these conditions in all temperature extremes, both searing heat and frigid cold. By signing this petition, you are voicing your opposition to the neglectful conditions and cruelty of this practice through your encouragement of prosecution to those who put profit ahead of basic care for animals. Please keep in mind that these dogs will be returned to the Nance's if no charges are filed. As a civilized society, we cannot allow this to happen.  For additional information on this case, please follow this link to the news story that originally brought this to my attention. http://www.katv.com/story/18912588/120-dogs-seized-from-possible-lonoke-county-puppy-mill

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The case is moving forward

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      Hello supporters! I wanted to pass on some new information to you, regarding our demands for prosecution of Marcus and Sandra Nance of Lonoke County, Arkansas for cruelty through neglect of 137 dogs in the alleged puppy mill they ran. The Sheriff of Lonoke County sent me a letter today, informing me that the case has been handed over to the prosecuting attorney for review. He further stated that our petition, with signatures and comments, was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney, and will become part of the case file. This is great news, and proof that our 5,000 signatures from around the world have gotten the attention of those concerned. I'll update you again as new information is provided to me.

    2. letter continued

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      National, even world-wide outrage concerning the well-being of dogs kept in puppy mills grows with each new story of people who get barely a slap on the wrist after severe neglect and cruel treatment of the animals in their care. As you are aware, loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act enable the cruel treatment of breeding dogs and their puppies. The USDA is currently considering closing this loophole. In the meantime, there are laws in place that require basic needs to be met. The dogs in the care of the Nances did not meet that requirement, and charges should certainly be brought against them.

      I’m attaching a petition that has circulated the globe, in which people are asking for prosecution of the Nances, and sending a message that as a civilized society, it is not okay to subject dogs to cruel and neglectful conditions. At this point, there are over 4,000 signatures from every continent. These signatures were gathered in just a week. (there's more, but you get the jist)

    3. Letter

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      July 11, 2012

      Dear Honorable Sheriff Jim Roberson,

      I am writing to you today concerning Sandra Ann Nance and Marcus Douglas Nance and their involvement with running an alleged puppy mill and the neglect of the dogs in their care. I learned of this case through fellow dog advocates via a news story on KATV.

      I understand that there is a pending investigation in this matter, and I want to encourage you to give this investigation the priority it deserves. You may wonder why someone from Colorado would be interested in this case. I am a volunteer with National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton, CO, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating and finding homes for puppy mill survivors. I have adopted two of these dogs, and I can tell you, I’ve never experienced dogs as fearful and in such poor health as these dogs. For this reason, I am dedicated to being a voice for the animals that can’t speak for themselves.

      (to be continued on new page)

    4. contact info

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      Contact info:
      Sheriff Jim G Roberson
      301 Center Ste 301
      Lonoke, Arkansas 72086
      (501)676-6494

      Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham -
      301 North Center Street Suite 301,
      Lonoke, AR 72086
      Phone: 501-676-2807 | Fax: 501-676-3044
      - chuckgraham@lonokepa.com
      office@lonokecountyprosecutor.com

      I'll have to attach the letter separately, due to limited character allowance.

    5. Sending in petition to the sheriff and DA

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you ALL for your signatures and for helping to spread the word about this petition. Apparently, there have been some technical issues with change.org that made it impossible for some people to sign, and somehow, a couple hundred signatures were lost. For this reason, the number of signatures did not meet our goal of 5,000, although I'm sure it will once the issues are fixed. I've notififed change.org but after 3 days I haven't heard a response, and since time is of the essence, I am going to share the petition with the Lonoke County authorities in a timely manner while they are still considering charges. I wanted to share the letter I'm attaching to the petition. This is the Sheriff's letter, but a nearly identical letter will also be sent to the prosecuting attorney. If you feel so moved, I will provide their contact information so that you can send your own correspondence as you see fit. Keep the signatures coming. The more we get, the louder our voice for justice.

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. Signatures are slowing

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support of my petition, calling for prosecution of the Nances for cruelty through their neglect of their dogs. We still need 1,500 signatures, and despite an amazing start, the rate of signatures has slowed significantly. If you could share the petition with a few more of your animal loving friends, it would help greatly. Remember, without prosecution, these dogs will be returned to the inhumane conditions from which they came. Don't let that happen. Be their voice when they can't speak for themselves. Thank you.

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Signatures from around the world!

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      Within 24 hours, we have over 1500 signatures for this cause. These signatures come from all around the world, the U.S., U.K., Japan, China, Australia, Canada, and I'm sure more! It would be wonderful to reach our goal of 5,000 signatures by week's end, so that the authorities can be presented with your support at about the same time the investigation will be complete. This would give encouragement to the D.A. to proceed with charges. Thank you for sharing this petition with your friends. You've planted a seed, and we're seeing it grow.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. 1,000 signatures in less than 10 hours! Thank you for your support!

      Jolie Hendricks
      Petition Organizer

      It's been 10 hours since I started this petition, and already there are 1,000 signatures. These signatures are from all over the U.S., as well as around the world! You really do make a difference when you sign and share. I can't wait to present this petition to the authorities in Lonoke County.

    12. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Devan Banks LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Just one example of puppy mills and how they operate. We should push for more restrictions on breeders and then make sure they are enforced. As long as people can make a buck, we will continue to have situations like this. Adopt, don't buy at a pet store.

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    • katherine ondrik WASHINGTON, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      cause for the paws!!

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    • Tiffany simons DICKINSON, ND
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm signing this because animals don't have sense to know when their mistreated!!! I hope one day they have death row for people who abuse animals! Until then we the people need to step up and help out our best friends! Animals are very loyal to the ones that love them!!!!

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    • Mel Padilla MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
      • about 2 years ago

      Shame on you!

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    • Deborah Lawalin MAUCKPORT, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      deplorable living conditions, poor care, no loving attention that these animals deserve!

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