Set new standards for Animal Control Officers
  • Petitioned Cheryl Clark (D)

This petition was delivered to:

Cheryl Clark (D)
Gary Roy (R)
Dyle Henning (R)
Lenny Schneider (R)
Dave Eady (R)
Linda Jarvis (R)
C. Ian Kempf (R)

Set new standards for Animal Control Officers

    1. Petition by

      Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan

As an Animal Control Officer, it's their job to look out for the welfare of animals, which includes making sure breeding kennels comply with the law and helping homeless pets get adopted. But how can the community trust an officer to do that when they're running their own breeding operation?


Carla Frantz, newly appointed Chief Animal Control Officer, allegedly acquired popular small breed dogs and set up a kennel in an old barn located on 170 acres in Mussey Township located in St. Clair County. According to the minutes from the township meeting where she attempted to apply for a Hobby Breeders license, Frantz was commercially breeding and selling through a retail outlet.


Some things need to change in Lapeer County.


A Conflict of Interest Statement and Policy would protect animals by prohibiting Animal Control Officers from doing the following:


o Obtaining a dealer’s or commercial kennel license for personal or financial gain
o Obtaining a transfer of ownership by an animal’s owner to the animal control officer for personal or financial gain
o Giving away, selling or negotiating for the gift or sale to any individual, pet shop, dealer, or research facility of animal that may come into his/her custody in the course of carrying out their official duties
o Giving away, selling or negotiating for the gift or sale to any horse dealer or auction of any equine that may come into his/her custody in the course of carrying out their duties
Accepting animals as shelter donations from kennel operators or breeders that are inspected by the animal control department.


Breeding animals for personal or financial gain is a conflict of interest for any county employee whose performance is measured by animal placement rates. A secondary interest in breeding would create an appearance of impropriety as it could result in a lack of motivation to place homeless animals and instead promote more valuable and marketable animals such as “puppies” and “designer dogs”.


Please help homeless animals in Lapeer County and protect animals in kennels by signing this position letting the Lapeer County Commissioners know families care about this issue.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Lapeer formed a voting bloc for Michigan's Political Action Committee

      Lapeer County Animal Advocates is the county voting bloc for Michigan's Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA). Lapeer County voters who join the PAC and become Voting Bloc Members will help make a difference for animals in our community at each and every election.

      Follow on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lapeer-County-Animal-Advocates/143814232380540

    3. 8/22/13 The Board’s Chairperson discredited this petition

      Today, 296 Lapeer County signatures were delivered to the Board of Commissioners. The Chairperson stated he looked at the petition and believed most all of them were from out of the country. Are they really Lapeer County residents? The Chairperson and Cheryl Clark (D) were both looking for addresses to prove it. This is not exactly what concerned citizens expected. Feel free to send a letter to your commissioner directly with your address. http://lapeercountyweb.org/whois.htm

      Who is my Commissioner?

      Lapeer County Commissioners

    4. 8/1/13 Carl Frantz told the board the dogs belong to his wife

      The Lapeer County Animal Control Director's father spoke to the Board of Commissioners explaining why his daughter, the Lapeer County Chief Animal Control Officer, said she was breeding dogs and selling wholes at the Mussey Twp Meeting, but wasn't really. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehiRPkA-eNQ

    5. Need Lapeer County Residents in attendance at 8/22 Meeting

      We plan to deliver the first set of signatures collected from this petition to the Commissioners on Thursday, August 22. If you live in Lapeer County, please join us – you don’t need to speak. We will have buttons for you to wear in support of new standards. The county Board of Commissioners meets at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday in the commission chambers, located in the lower level of the County Complex, 255 Clay St., Lapeer. There is time allotted for the public to speak at the beginning and end of each meeting and speakers are limited to three minutes.

    6. Taking our ideas to the state

      Wow, we are over 1,000 signatures on our Lapeer petition in less than a week! The comments are great too. Thank you all so much. I agree, we need a Conflict of Interest Statement and Policy at the state level. I will send it to the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers as a recommendation.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Need Lapeer Cty Residents to Speak 8/1

      We are looking for 3-5 Puppy Mill Awareness Members living in Lapeer County to help us share our concerns regarding the Animal Control Director’s breeding operation with the Lapeer County Commissioners August 1st (next week). You must be a Lapeer County resident.

      The county Board of Commissioners meets at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday in the commission chambers, located in the lower level of the County Complex, 255 Clay St., Lapeer. There is time allotted for the public to speak at the beginning and end of each meeting and speakers are limited to three minutes.

      We will prepare some talking points for each speaker. If you can participate, please RSVP our meetup event.
      http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/events/131350112/

      Speaking with the Lapeer Commissioners (Frantz)

      Thursday, Aug 1, 2013, 8:30 AM

      County Complex
      255 Clay St

      1 Rescue Groups & Supporters Attending

      We are looking for 3-5 Puppy Mill Awareness Members living in Lapeer County to help us share our concerns regarding the Animal Control Director’s breeding operation with the Lapeer County Commissioners on August 1st (next week). You must be a Lapeer County resident. The county Board of Commissioners meets at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday in the commissi...

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      Speaking with the Lapeer Commissioners (Frantz)

      We are looking for 3-5 Puppy Mill Awareness Members living in Lapeer County to help us share our concerns regarding the Animal Control Director's breeding operation with the Lapeer County Commissioner

    9. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

      -- Albert Einstein

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    • Jill DennisBooth ORION, MI
      • 6 months ago

      Corruption in Lapeer County AC should be STOPPED

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    • melanie halleck NORTH BRANCH, MI
      • 11 months ago

      animals matter. chief animal control officer should be trying to find homes for the ones they kill, not breed them.

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    • dominic giordano NORTH BRANCH, MI
      • 11 months ago

      animals need a change

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    • heinz anger ST CLAIR SHORES, MI
      • 11 months ago

      the volunteers deserve it as the lapeer adopt. animals get a chance.

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