• Petitioned Katherine Houpt, VMD PhD

This petition was delivered to:

Katherine Houpt, VMD PhD

Recant Testimony

    1. Jennifer Burke
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Burke

      Detroit, MI

On July 13th, 2011, Judge Jack Vitale of the Monroe County, Michigan ordered 3 pit bulls to be euthanized, siting they "lack usefull purpose and pose a threat to public safety" The Prosecution's expert, Dr. Katherine Houpt, gave testimony based on her temperment evaluations of the dogs. The Buster Foundation & Monroe SPCA do not feel Dr. Houpt's testimony was representative of the evaluations themselves.

View this 4 minute video (1 of 3 temperment tests) in which Dr. Houpt gives Dusty an evaluation 

Dog  206 in cage 33 brown female with white markings Dusty

Wiggled at approach, stare and squat. Bit hand when petted and when eating.

avoided witch

Snarled at doll

jumped but no aggression to male or female dogs

The results of the testing indicates that the following animals: the two males  Monroe 207  Reilly 212 that both demonstrated aggression to other dogs and one female  Dusty 206  who snarled at the doll should be humanely euthanized because of their lack of any useful purpose and the public safety threat they  pose." MCL 750.49(18) aggressive whereas Dog 210  Razzle  ---   may be safe

Katherine Albro Houpt VMD PhD

Professor emeritus
Cornell University

 

 Dr. Houpt failed Dusty for aggressive behavior.  Our expert evaluators are in complete disagreement with Dr. Houpt's evaluation.   This video was the exact video shown in court.  View and decide for yourself.  

Dusty, Monroe and Reilly remain at Monroe County Animal Control and Both The Buster Foundation & Monroe SPCA will file an appeal and, with your support, hope Dr. Houpt will recant her testimony.  

Help us help them!  

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To:
Katherine Houpt, VMD PhD
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Katherine Houpt.

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Recant Testimony

I urge you to recant your testimony against Monroe, Rielly and Dusty. I believe your assessment to be bias and evaluations to be unsupported.
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Ohmidog! Blog covers Dusty's story

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "You be the judge: Is this dog guilty?" (via Ohmidog! blog)

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. NOT GUILTY!

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Thank GOD the judge saw reason with our advocacy and feels we are justified in our behavior.

    4. HOLDING US IN CONTEMPT OF COURT?

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Hearing August 4th!

    5. HEARING AUGUST 4TH - Prosecutor attempt to remove ALL evidence from web

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Michael Brown has a hearing scheduled for Thursday, August 4th in the Monroe County Court in front of Judge Vitale to force us to remove all of our video and photographic evidence from any public access.

    6. BAD RAP BLOG

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Bad Rap picked up our story. Check out the Monroe Dogs on Bad Rap's Blog

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. NEWS from the protest yesterday -

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      "I'm happy anytime we can bring attention to animal welfare," Ms. Stillwagon said. "All they have to do is release them to us and it won't cost the taxpayers a penny. I'll drive over there right now."

    9. Latest article - Read where the Prosecutor defends Houpt.

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      “She is a retired professor from Cornell University, one of the top animal behaviorists in the country ... what qualifications do these people have to criticize her evaluation?” Mr. Brown - Prosecutor

    10. 15 Minutes MOVIE - What you all WANT to see! These dogs being LOVED

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      amazing volunteers working their butts off for these babies. Check it out! see the beginning of our battle. 1st day we met the Monroe Dogs at Monroe County Animal Control & OUR first evaluations of them.

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. The prosecution's upset re: Dr. Houpts personal info being made available

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      :) To clarify to all our supporters, Dr. Houpts hyperlinked CV is from a page within The International Society for Equitation Sciences website. We have only provided a link to public information that was already made available by a separate org.

    13. ACTION!

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      we have 495 comments and 2395 signatures, and not ONE agreeing supporter of Dr. Houpt. I think that says something, something HUGE.

      the dogs can feel the energy, I have faith we will turn this around. keep sharing! these dogs are are wonderful

    14. Words around the Web

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      another blogger sharing the story.

    15. PROTEST today

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      all day- check out this article!

    16. News from Monroe

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Article

    17. Reached 2,000 signatures
    18. More News

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Another article about making its way around the animal welfare circuit.

    19. Dr. Houpts extensive background

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the link to her CV. I would like to know where her text book is being used.

    20. gained over 300 signatures in under 21 hours! 1575!!! <3

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Good LORD! I know this is making an impact...i can feel it! Keep up the aaaaahhhhmazing work my fellow advocates! This is what we LIVE for, making a difference in something we believe in. xoxoxoxo

    21. Reached 1,500 signatures
    22. Temperament Testing, Bias & ridiculousness in shelter practice

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Great blog post from KC Dog Blog about Dusty's evaluation.

    23. Learn MORE about Ms. Dusty

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      Check out her FB page.

    24. 1165 signatures! Keep telling Dr. Houpt that her testimony is false!

      Jennifer Burke
      Petition Organizer

      "The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.” Dr. Houpt
      Tell her you disagree! Her bias is clear in her evaluation and testimony.

    25. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carole Bloom PUNTA GORDA, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      These dogs do not to be euthanized!! I can't believe the evaluation was done in these conditions! Dr. Houpt should resign!

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    • Sharon Devine HARRISON, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      This dog is NOT aggressive!!! Young, playful & energetic but NOT aggressive!!! Is Dr. Houpt getting kickbacks or what??? She's lost her mind if she thinks this dog "serves no useful purpose"!

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    • Sandy Luper LEOMINSTER, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am appalled at Dr. Houpt's lack of professionalism and education in terms of evaluations.

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    • Jennifer Wise TAMPA, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Vets who are competent with a medical diagnosis are not necessarily competent in animal behavior. Dr. Houpt's assessment of the pit pup was innacurate.

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    • Katrina Boldry AURORA, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      This dog did not snarl at the doll, nor did she bite the hand during feeding. This dog was nothing but friendly toward the witch. The doll cannot possibly represent a real child. This is a very poorly designed test that has been poorly interpreted.

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