17 April 2012
Media Contact: Julie Kowal, 269-686-5112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors: Allegan Animal Shelter and Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance will hold a press conference Tuesday, April 24. The time will be decided closer to the date.
Week One Update on the “Michigan Shih-tzu-ation”—The State’s Largest Puppy Mill Seizure
Michigan’s largest-ever puppy mill seizure, in which the Allegan County Sherriff’s Department rescued 353 Shih Tzu dogs, 20 cats and two birds, is making history due to the hundreds of volunteers coordinated by the Allegan Animal Shelter and Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance.
“It’s been an amazing week for the 375 animals rescued from primitive conditions last week,” said Jeff Stiegman, Program Director, Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance. “It’s hard to believe how much has been done in such a short amount of time. Most of the Shih Tzus have been moved into approved rescues where they are getting proper vet care and TLC. All of the dogs had severe parasites, ear, skin and eye issues, but with proper veterinary and personal care, they are starting to come out of their shells.”
These dogs have not had what most would consider a normal life. “These loving creatures have never been on carpet, in the grass, had a clean bed and toys, fresh food and water, and they've never had a collar and leash on,” said Stiegman. “This is a whole new world to them and it takes time for them to adjust. All of the pets have now been named and are revealing their personalities. They get more social every day, thanks to an amazing crew of volunteers tending to their every need, keeping them clean, feeding them and giving reassuring cuddles.”
Donations are being accepted online and at the Allegan Animal Shelter , 2283 33rd St., Allegan, MI. Checks should be made out to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, and can be mailed to: Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, Inc. P.O. B0X 776, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Donations can be earmarked for specific items such as vet care, food, grooming or toys by noting that in the memo line. Online donations can be made at:
“We want to thank everyone who has helped with the largest puppy mill seizure in Michigan’s history,” said Stiegman. “We are truly humbled and overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.”