Here's the story, with thanks to Axel and others who have put all this together.
Marc-Andre Laporte, 59, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty at the St. Jerome courthouse in Montreal this week, following the seizure of 97 fox terriers in November 2005 from his Blainville puppy mill. Judge Jean Sirois rejected Laporte's argument that he loved his dogs too much. When police raided the property, they found dogs matted in feces feeding on dogs' carcasses and stronger dogs preying on weaker ones.
Click here -- if you have a strong stomach -- to see the photos:
Almost 40 animals had to be destroyed. Laporte's home was later condemned and demolished in March 2006. The surviving dogs were cared for by the SPCA and later, with the help of devoted fox terrier lovers, found wonderful foster homes where they have been living for the past 2 years. Despite his horrendous treatment of these innocent creatures, Laporte, who wil be sentenced on February 22, 2008, is facing only six months of jail time and up to $4,000 in fines. At the same hearing, the judge is to decide if Laporte is to get any of his fox terriers back!
WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. The surviving mill fox terriers took months to recover physically, medically and emotionally from their ordeal. To even consider removing ONE wire from the safety and care of their loving foster families back to Laporte is OUTRAGEOUS!
Today we are launching a two-fold campaign to prevent Laporte from getting his dog/s back. We know we can count on you to take action and spread the word:
1: Please go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/no-dogs-for-laporte to sign the online petition that has been set up. Once all the signatures are entered, it will be printed out and given to Elizabeth Pierce who has been instrumental in saving and caring for the Blainville wires, for distribution to the media (unfortunately it is illegal in Canada to hand petitions to the court).
2: Please take a few minutes to write a letter to Judge Jean Sirois imploring him to prevent Laporte from ever taking possession of his former fox terriers or of owning any dog again. If you can, include a photo of yourself and your foxie/dog. All the letters received will be put in a file and also handed to the media.
Letters should be mailed to: Elizabeth Pierce, 119 16th Street, Roxboro, Québec, Canada H8Y 1P1. The sentencing hearing is February 22, 2008 – so write those letters soon. Please disseminate this information on your blogs, to your fellow dog owners etc. Thank you for your support in this important matter.
Remember, this could have happened to any of us or our friends. It's not just about wire fox terriers. It's about treating all animals with the love and respect they deserve.
Jake (born in a puppy mill) and Just Harry (rescued from a nasty shelter)
20 hours ago
Hi Jake and Just HarryI think with all our help there is hope that this will work!!!
Thank you for adding your voices..verydog deserves love and compassion and a warm loving home like we have
You're right about the strong stomach! This man is lower than anything on the face of the earth. He deserves to rot in you know where! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch
I can't believe this f&%@er is at it again. I've met many of those wires. Sophie even got to walk at the head of the pack with them at the Montreal SPCA walk a couple of years ago. The ones who survived are great, but they went through hell to get there and many died. This jerk should be ..... well, you don't want me to go there. I wish only the most horrible things on earth to happen to him.
I sign this petition without a moment's hesitation!
Sophie's mom Sherry
it is just disguisting to think he might even be allowed to get any of these dogs back. We will do what we can.
Muzzer says she hasn't been this involved in anything "political" since Dad ran for the State House of Representatives in '84. *(he lost, we're Democrats, this is Azrizona!) But we are all so impressed with the response to this.
kissies to all of us
gussie (wft rescue, dec.2005)
I have signed the petition. I hope it will help in some way.
Hey you guys we hope you won't mind but we copied your words as they were so eloquent and put it on ours.....Love A+A
This man is mad....
Véronique have signed...
We're all singing the same song!
Lots hope our voices or words carry some weight...
I'm still fuming here.
Pats & pets
We signed, too.....
It's awful...we're trying not to hate this person...cuz it's too much negative energy wasted on something so subhuman. But, it's so hard not to.
Scruffy and Lacie
thanks for barking this to me!! I'm posting about this now, and will sign the petition!! You need a postal code for your address to Elizabeth though...
I looked it up for you: H8Y 1P1
Hello Jake & Just Harry!!
Thank you so much for informing us about this terrible news. We actually signed the petition three times this morning. This must stop!
Thanks again for raising your voice.
Momo, Pinot, mom & dad
THANKS for visiting our site and letting us know about the petition!
We sure did sign it, and we also sent it out to all of our friends.
Let's hope they keep these people from ever harming animals again.
Hi. It's unthinkable that any judge would even consider returned those dogs to such a monster. We have signed on and hope it helps. We send our love and best wishes to the surviving poochies wherever they are.
I have signed the petition.
We are just horrified about this, we are just disgusted that this can happen to any animal. We signed the petition and will write a letter.
Balboa & Mommy
We joined the fight, too. This guy should be neutered and stuck in a too small of a cage.
It looks like you Wires are all UNITED! Stella, my girl, and I stand with you proudly.
My girl already signed the petition. She was stinkin' angry!
Glad you guys are safe and loving life in FL. I'm a lucky pup too!
I can't believe he has the nerve to try to get those dogs back. We signed, of course. I wish there were more we could do.
Patience and the whippet waggle
To Jake and Just Harry!
We have signed the petition, mom's heart isn't strong enough to view the pictures. She feels terrible just reading about it. I will ensure that we do a feature of this on our blog and have more of our friends go over and sign. We are outraged that consideration could ever be given to a monster like this to have any of his dogs returned to him. Where is the justice!
BIG hugs and lots of love from Billy Boo:)
We're doing what we can to help those poor foxies, too. What a shame, this person is so misguided as to think he LOVES his dogs? Phooey on that mush. He's a hoarder, and they do more harm than can be imagined.
I hope all those pups find loving homes where they're treated like the special family members they truly are.
Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention (bloggingdoggie.com), I have just posted it for the 200+ small-dog playgroup that I run (www.outofthedoghouse.ca).
Renee and Chloe M
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