• Petitioned William Donnelly

This petition was delivered to:

Missaukee County Prosecutor
William Donnelly

William Donnelly: JRT John, Animal hoarder needs to stop

    1. Petition by

      Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan

On May 23, 2013, Missaukee County seized approximately 160 animals from John Jones, Michigan's largest hoarder and puppy mill. Just a few years earlier, Barry County seized 85 animals after Jones violated zoning laws. There's a pattern of cruelty here, and since officials didn't include probation in the latest case, he could easily move to another county or state and start all over again with hoarding animals and costing tax payers more money to regulate, investigate and seize neglected animals.

Where will JRT John go next?

Despite the multitude of violations involving “basic” care standards, the Missaukee County prosecutor only filed civil charges against Jones – Public Nuisance. This is no way to stop an animal hoarder and protect animals.

o According to the inspection reports, Mr. Jones is accused of housing over 160 dogs, including Jack Russells, Shiba Inus and Border Collies, who were discovered by the Roscommon Animal Control Officer to have insufficient water, shelter, sanitary conditions, and protection from the elements. (THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931)

o In addition, Mr. Jones was performing his own removal of dew claws and tail docking on the puppies. Such actions are illegal in Michigan. These procedures are considered a surgery and can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian. (PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT) Act 368 of 1978)

Michiganians have no tolerance for animal neglect or cruelty and want those who commit such acts held accountable. The sheer number of animals involved in the Jones case is shocking and demands further action.

Please file criminal charges with the appropriate sentencing.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Next court date June 25th

      John Jones, Michigan’s largest animal hoarder, will be facing the judge on felony charges for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. This may be the only opportunity to impose probation that would restrict Jones from having animals. Let’s hope the Sheriff can make it happen.

      6-6-13 Preliminary Hearing. Bound over to Circuit Court. Judge David Hoggg, District Court Judge.

      6-25-13 Arraignment & Pre-trail. Case number 13-2575SH. Judge Fagerman.


    3. Jack Russells are ready for adoption!

      Jack Russells Rescued From Puppy Mill Ready For Adoption In West MI

      Jack Russells Rescued From Puppy Mill Ready For Adoption In West MI Grand Rapids, Mich. - More than 160 dogs seized from a puppy mill in Northern Michigan are finding new homes, some in West Michigan. The Jack Russell Terriers are ready for adoption at both the Humane Society of West Michigan and the Kent County Animal Shelter.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. No word from Donnelly

      We have reached our several times, but the prosecutor's office is not responding to our emails or calls. Here is a link to the email initially sent on 5/31/13. http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/messages/boards/thread/34986902

      Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan)

      Photo from February 2012 PMA investigation. Notice dog in the back holding up paw from the painful ice. 5-31-13Dear Mr. Donnelly On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan, I am writing to you regarding the case involving John Jones (Public Nuisance).

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. JRT John’s civil case file outlines a significant number violations

      JRT John’s civil case file (#12-8198) outlines a significant number of violations to the Michigan’s cruelty laws. February 9, 2012 inspection:

      A) Overcrowding of dogs and overwhelming odor urine.
      B) Based on the size of many of the animals, the kennel would not accommodate more than 2 dogs and some contained three to four dogs.
      C) Most of the animals were living outside on ice.
      D) The straw Defendant Jones was using for bedding is not changed, but new straw is added to the old.
      E) Defendant Jones was using “car carriers” for providing protection for the animals which were noted by Officer MacKillop to be insufficient in that they did not provide insulation and many of them were worn and heavily chewed on by the dogs.
      (See file for more violatons http://files.meetup.com/1258100/Missaukee-County-v-John-Jones-2.pdf)

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patricia Rodgers CALUMET CITY, IL
      • 8 months ago

      Simple...they deserve a chance to live!

    • linda fitzek GAYLORD, MI
      • 8 months ago

      animal lover

    • Toni Hunting BIG HORN, WY
      • 8 months ago

      All animals are very important and this guy needs to be shot ....

    • Sabra Dettore ORTONVILLE, MI
      • 9 months ago

      This needs to stop. Get a dog to love, not neglect.

    • Lori Rumpf LANSING, MI
      • 9 months ago

      Animal hoarder or backyard breeder?


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