Remove the dogs being left outside in freezing temperatures and give them to a local rescue
  • Petitioning Rick Snyder

This petition will be delivered to:

Governor of Michigan
Rick Snyder
Kalamazoo Director of Animal Services
Stephen Lawrence
Mayor of Kalamazoo
Bobby Hopewell
Michigan Governor

Remove the dogs being left outside in freezing temperatures and give them to a local rescue

    1. Sharon Rushen
    2. Petition by

      Sharon Rushen

      Long Branch, NJ

1/10/13: I do want to add to this petition that, while this specific petition was started for these two Kalamazoo dogs, I hope that it serves a greater purpose. This is a movement - antiquated laws that leave pets to the mercy of interpretation need to be improved. Let these two dogs be the example for what we need to do as a dog-loving community - we need to draw attention to cases like this in hopes that we can get legislative action taken. Let's get lawmakers to take notice so that the laws aren't so vague and so animals are given a voice.

Two dogs in Kalamazoo, MI are being left outside in negative temperatures. Temperatures in Kalamazoo, MI hit record-breaking lows on Monday (1/6) at -12 degrees and Tuesday (1/7) at -11. These dogs spent the majority of these days in a snow-filled cage with frozen food and water bowls.

Despite the pleas of 100+ people to local authorities, animal control and the animal cruelty hotline - the dogs are living outside without regular access to warmth and drinkable water. This situation has been covered by CBS 3 in Michigan but the owner of the dogs refuses to give them up or bring them inside until the weather subsides. Without the help of the government to enforce animal cruelty laws, these dogs can freeze to death! The same people owned the two dogs' mother who died outside in April of this year. Please help spread the word.

According to the, "THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931: (m) "Water" means potable water that is suitable for the age and species of animal that is made regularly available unless otherwise directed by a licensed veterinarian."

This subsection of the law (aside from the other subsections that permit to the weather and conditions) alone proves animal cruelty-neglect by the owners of the dogs. Basic science tells us that when putting water outside in below freezing temperatures, the water will FREEZE and thus, it is impossible the dogs have regular access to drinking water.

These owners are breaking the law by this one fact alone - they do not deserve to retain their dogs. This petition is for pets and pet owners everywhere. Animal cruelty laws are all too often interpreted in a way that hurts the animal. You wouldn't leave your dogs outside for 12 hours a day in freezing conditions - don't let these two have to suffer. They need a chance to be companions and treated like family members.

What happens if we stop fighting for them? I don't want to find out.

**DISCLAIMER** (better safe than sorry!): I just want to clarify to all of you that are signing - I created this petition based off of: the photos provided, information provided by a neighbor, video feed (CBS 3) and what I read on Michigan law. I used those things to form an opinion to create this petition. Its contents are my opinion which are based on the information that was available to me.

To:
Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
Stephen Lawrence, Kalamazoo Director of Animal Services
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo
Michigan Governor
Remove the dogs being left outside in freezing temperatures in Kalamazoo, MI and give them to a local rescue - this IS animal cruelty.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Freezing temps again

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      Dogs are still outside and the temps are terrible. There is a silent observer website that allows you to send tips. Please check of out and email if you can: http://kalamazoosilentobserver.com/contactus.aspx

      Kalamazoo Silent Observer

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    3. No care in three days

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      As expected, once the owner of these two dogs stopped recieving media attention, the dogs would be neglected. As of today, no one has cared for these dogs in three days - the one dog is carrying around the empty food bucket - no food for three days. To see updates and recent pics, visit the FB thread: https://www.facebook.com/groups/245702955534484/permalink/476157962488981/

    4. Helping contacting officials

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all again for caring for these two dogs! Despite the media attention and 6000+ signatures, little has changed. We fear that these two will still be in danger once the weather is cold again. If you have contacts at the humane society, ASPCA, PETA or in the Michigan legislature (Kalamazoo county, state or federal) - please reach out to them! The squeaky wheel gets the oil!

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Dogster.com article

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      Hey all - found another article about the petition that I wanted to share. The article makes a good point - this movement IS NOT just for these two dogs - it's for all dogs that are at the hands of antiquated animal cruelty laws. They need to be improved! http://www.dogster.com/the-scoop/german-shepherd-dogs-outside-40-below-zero-petition-michigan

      Thousands Sign a Petition to Help Two Cold Dogs in Michigan

      I hate to start off a piece by stating the blindingly obvious, but for a lot of the country, it is COLD outside right now. The Northeast and Midwest are facing a brutal winter that's colder than anything seen in the U.S. for 20 years.

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. Clarification

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      I just want to clarify to all of you that are signing - I created this petition based off of: the photos provided, information provided by a neighbor, video feed (CBS 3) and what I read on Michigan law. I used those things to form an opinion to create this petition. Its contents are my opinion based on the information that was available to me.

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. Fighting against these dogs

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      The Director of Animal Services for Kalamazoo was quoted in a follow up article. They refuse to acknowledge that the law was broken! (-45 temps on Monday, dogs outside - water freezes in 30 seconds!) Why won't they stand up for these dogs instead? http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/01/kalamazoo_dogs_petitioned_for.html

      Kalamazoo dogs petitioned for removal are 'happy and healthy' in care of owner, director of Kalamazoo County animal services says

      KALAMAZOO, MI -- A quickly circulating online petition asking Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Bobby Hopewell to remove two German Shepherds from their Kalamazoo owner fails to mention that the dogs are perfectly happy and healthy, Steve Lawrence, director of animal services for Kalamazoo County, said. "These dogs know outside," Lawrence said.

    11. News article

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      Great job everyone! Our petition is in an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette - hopefully this attracts the attention of someone who will save these dogs: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/01/online_petition_to_remove_dogs.html#incart_river_default#incart_2box

      Online petition to remove dogs from Kalamazoo home generates hundreds of signatures in less than 24 hours

      KALAMAZOO, MI -- More than 1,000 online signatures have been collected since an online petition went live Tuesday night asking Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Bobby Hopewell to remove two dogs that have allegedly been left outside by their owner in Kalamazoo.

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. Thank you

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      Reading your comments is truly inspiring! Thank you all for caring - let's hope that enough signatures will get these dogs some attention and save their lives!!

    14. Kalamazoo weather

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      It's 9 degrees in Kalamazoo tonight - we are still trying to get these dogs out of there - hopefully they make it through the next few days as it looks like it will warm up this weekend!

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. No food or water

      Sharon Rushen
      Petition Organizer

      According to the neighbor of the dogs - water is frozen (as expected) and the food is covered in snow

    17. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Stacie Monroe LANSING, MI
      • 3 months ago

      I am an animal lover. No pet should be out in such temperatures. That is clearly animal abuse and cruelty. They have no access to food or water due to neglect. It is time to take a stand. We are their voice!!

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    • Linda Wallace FLINT, MI
      • 3 months ago

      No dog should be made to live outside in horrible weather, on a heavy chain or in extreme heat 24/7/365

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      • 3 months ago

      This is animal cruelty. Michigan winters are cold!!

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    • Debbie Singer DALLAS, TX
      • 3 months ago

      Seriously? This is not torture? Would you like to live out in a cage all day long? Dogs are domesticated animals who are companions. I assume you understand the meaning of companion as it applies to animals? This is torture and abuse no matter how you look at it. Do the right thing and make sure these dogs are given proper heat and cooling just like a person would get. We domesticated dogs so it is our responsibility to ensure their proper care and treatment. Animals were put on this earth right beside us. How arrogant for us to believe their lives are any less valuable than ours. Do the right thing for these dogs. Bring them in and give them comfort, proper care and just as importantly, love.

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    • Alexander Kerr DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      Hi my names Alex from New Zealand calling the so called Great State of Michigan and I just want to say "Come on guys". In the name of decency. Dogs are living breathing creatures of God too and they deserve better than neglect from a so called civilised society. Yours faithfully

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