What about the dogs?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 8, 2013

Contact Info:Brad Miller, 816-260-0361 (for media contact only)

What about the dogs? Multi-State Dog Fighting Ring busted! Johnson County Animal Response Team receives ASPCA grant to help provide care for the dogs seized in the case.

Earlier this spring, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) managed the removal and transport of nearly 100 dogs being used in a multi-state dog fighting operation. The ASPCA managed the removal and transport of the dogs, oversaw the forensic evidence collection and provided for the dogs veterinary care and sheltering. The dogs remain under the care and supervision of the ASPCA at an undisclosed location until the courts release them for disposition.

As part of the effort to care for the dogs, JoCART (Johnson County Animal Response Team) and the EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) worked cooperatively with the ASPCA to provide trained volunteers to support the shelter operations and provide daily care for the dogs. “Dogs seized from dog fighting rings require careful handling so having the ability to call on trained resources from JoCART was a huge help in ensuring the dogs were cared for in a safe and effective manner” says Operations Manager for EERU, Eric Thompson.

As a result of JoCART and the EERU’s participation, the ASPCA has awarded a $10,000 grant to JoCART to be used for more training and equipment in the event of a disaster. JoCART is working cooperatively with the Emergency Equine Response Unit to provide community support and response for both small and large animals. “We were pleased to be able to provide trained volunteers to assist the ASPCA with the care and sheltering of these animals. Disasters come in all forms natural and manmade, I am glad we were able to assist,” says JoCART President Brad Miller.

About JoCART (Johnson County Animal Response Team)

JoCART, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to building a strong, functional team of volunteers who can respond to the needs to pets at a time of disaster, and providing education within our community about the importance of disaster preparedness for pets. For more information about JoCART, visit our web site www.JoCARTKS.org. Volunteers interested in helping in the event of a disaster are needed. Donations are ALWAYS welcomed.

About EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) EERU, is dedicated to training, education and providing a professional, organized response to equine and large animal emergencies. EERU is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization relying solely on corporate sponsorships and private donations. For more information about the EERU visit their website at www.emergencyequineresponseunit.org About ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) The ASPCA's mission, as stated by Henry Bergh in 1866, is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States." The organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, is recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. For more information about the ASPCA, visit their website at www.aspca.org


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