Officer Jewell has been the apathetic and arrogant face of St. Clair County Animal Control for too many years. He's turned his back and walked away from suffering animals he could have helped. He's not an advocate for the animals; he's an advocate for the offenders. One year ago, when we were desperately searching for a pony that was attacked by a wolf hybrid dog then ran away, he informed me via the phone "if I see her first, I will shoot her on sight". His latest failure involved 3 horses, including a 3 month old filly living in horrid conditions inside a makeshift trailer that was 8 feet wide by 12 feet long on a piece of vacant property. They were chained inside to a makeshift manger, unable to lie down or turn around. They were living on a wooden floor covered in feces and urine with no bedding. The mare is 200+ pounds underweight and none have received any hoofcare whatsoever. He stated to us he has known about the horses for 2 years and said he "goes out weekly to check on them and they are let out to be exercised every day". When I found out about it, I rallied our troops who went to the vacant property with a St. Clair County Officer at 11 pm at night. The situation was so dire, the officer ordered them pulled out immediately. The mare had been chained in there for so long, the clip on her chain was rusted completely shut, indicating she had NOT been out of there for quite some time.
The following day, after many phone calls and arguments with animal control, they finally sent the county veterinarian out. He was thoroughly disgusted at the condition of the horses and the next thing we knew, we found out they would NOT be going back to the owner.
These horses suffered for way too long. How many others are suffering that we don’t know about. What about the dogs, cats and other animals? I’ve started this petition because everyone I talk to tells me a story about how Officer Jewell has failed them and failed the animals. Now it’s time to do something. Please let our story be heard and help us help the animals that need us. They deserve better.