MPD shuts down alleged "puppy mill"

by Staff on January 27, 2008 · 47 comments

in Local

According to the Times-Mail, the Mitchell Police Department raided a suspected “puppy mill” at a home in the 100 block of East Grissom Avenue where 31 dogs were removed.

While many people on the comments section of the T-M article were praising the Mitchell Police Department (myself included) for getting involved, I found out that the MPD has apparently been told about this previously without taking any action.

According to one e-mail I received, “… I talked to <NAME REMOVED> last week … has gotten several complaints about Robin and that she turned them over to animal control and the MPD and nothing ever got done.”

“It irks me that people keep standing up for the MPD saying they did a good job and that they were taking care of it blah blah blah because i know for a fact that the complaint investigations were not followed through with like they should have been. If it hadn’t been for (the rescue group) sitting at city hall for HOURS demanding something to be done it wouldn’t have.”

I could go on and on, but I don’t think that “bashing” the MPD is going to accomplish anything else at this time. It’s my hope that nothing like this will come up in the future, although the unfortunate truth is that it probably will. We can only hope that law enforcement will take proactive measures instead of being reactive. This is an issue that is important to many people and the new leadership at the MPD is very determined to redefine the police department as one that we can all be proud of. With those two things in mind, I’m sure they will pay attention in the future.

“One puppy died Friday and another Saturday morning while Robin had them. The Humane Society was working late into the night to try to save some of them that were badly dehydrated.”

Had action been taken earlier, those two puppies might have been saved.

Mitchell Police Department Chief Jim Richardson responded to an e-mail as follows:

“We did get a report on a couple of dogs that were left outside when the temperature was zero and we picked them up. I have been to the animal shelter to pick up the key so we could take animals there after hours and sign them into the shelter. For all of us in the new city government we are learning as we go. Will we make mistakes? Yes we will but it will not be because we are not trying to do the right thing. I had received an email last week about the situation and had conversation with the humane society. I posted this on the log for the officers to give special attention to this location. I had never been inside the location. I am glad that the activists got the information that made the search warrant available.” 

Jim is a good man and I’m confident he will do anything he can if/when something like this happens again. He’s dedicated to bringing new life to the Mitchell Police Department and I think it shows.

I have pledged my support to the people involved in this situation. If/when something similar happens, I’ve offered to make a big scene about it. Whether you like me or hate me (or this site), the fact is that I can get people’s attention (well outside of Mitchell, as well). If complaints are ignored in the future, we’ll drum up support and there will be more than a dozen or so people showing up at City Hall.

I’ll be waiting to hear if Michelle Woodward decides to pursue this matter. Based on comments made by others on the TM site, others are confident that she will. If she fails to, then it may be necessary to show up in her office with some signed petitions.

As always, I’m interested in your thoughts. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

46 comments
S McPherson
S McPherson

I personally know the woman in question. She is a good person and you should all be ashamed of yourselves for trying to put her down. She has done nothing wrong. She is only guilty of trying to nurse sick dogs back to health for people. Maybe I made the right choice when I moved out of Mitchell. Everyone needs to worry about there own lives and responsibilities. It was not a puppy mill. As someone previuosly stated what the actual definition of a puppy mill was. Just so the inbred idiots know, you can look that up on wikipedia.com. So long and God have mercy on you ruthless people!

jl
jl

Probably not, since she did not own them, only taking care of them and trying to adopt them out for others!! haha

jl
jl

I totally agree. I would like to see more discussion on MItchell. I want to know what is going on within the new Administration. Seems the last couple of weeks have been very quiet. Although I haven't emailed Dan but have heard of others that have and are still waitng on a response, he needs to get with the program. He needs to "hire" a secretary that is "qualified" for the job. Dan needs to be concerned with the quantity of drug overdoses in town, especially among our high school age kids, underage drinking,the delapidated homes within the city. I also agree with catwoman in that Dan needs to slow down or at least do his partying in private. Everyone, myself included gave Bill Clinton hell with his "extra-curricular" activities, as everyone should, what they do in public has everything to do with us. After all, they are our leaders and should at least put up a good front !! Dan promised an open government and a hands on Mayor--What do you say Dan, are you going to stick to your guns and fulfill your promises?? Maybe have a site or even in the Mitchell Times, like Butch did, where he wrote in and gave everyone an idea of what he was up to and working on. I know he has only been in office for a few weeks but at least stay vocal or show your face around outside of your favorite hangouts, show the citizens of Mitchell that you really do care!!

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

So what you are saying that she lied to the police and rescuers about that to.hmmmmmmmmm wouldn't suprise me.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Actually a momma died giving birth Friday, so she was bottle feeding a baby. Not a momma at her house, but the momma's owner could not bottle feed. And another momma was killing her puppies so she took couple of them that were living to try and bottle feed also. Again, this momma did not give birth at her house either. So no dogs died Friday or Saturday at her house or even in her care. Maybe she said a dog died, but didn't specify where. But none died at her house.

SAVETHEPUPS
SAVETHEPUPS

You need to get your facts straight because Robin told the police and rescue group Saturday that one puppy had died Friday and one had died Saturday morning

Catwoman
Catwoman

1) Hire a secretary or train the current secretary to serve as an assistant to the mayor. She/he should be drawing up agendas, sending out meeting notices, making necessary phone calls, organizing the mayor's schedule and basically taking care of all the "trivial" tasks that come with that office. 2) Keep a blog of what's taking place. Want to be open? Cool. Put a mayor's blog on the city's website and let people know what you're doing when it's not obvious. 3) Organize the city boards. Get those up and going with capable people in place and make sure they are meeting regularly. That includes the enterprise association, park board, tree board and redevelopment board. 4) Attend chamber meetings and other discussions, such as mitchell on the move, to show you have interest in what's happening with the city. Go to the school board. Talk to everyone you can. 5) Return phone calls and emails. Let people know you care.

Catwoman
Catwoman

No put I did watch the video on www.wishtv.com ... kind of interesting. She would've done better had she talked to the reporters rather than slam the door in their faces.

mitcHELL
mitcHELL

I caught the tail end of something on the radio driving home this afternoon (99.5 http://www.wzpl.com/ out of Indianapolis). Something about the DJ's talking about a dog lady and then I guess she called in or something? Apparently they are going to upload the podcast onto their web site but I haven't found anything yet. I'm not sure if this is her, but it sounded familiar enough =).

Catwoman
Catwoman

Nope. No animals, but I do prefer dogs to cats. I do like Halle Berry and Michelle Pfifer in Batman, though. That's not where I got the name either, however. I prefer Bud Lite. Don't own a gun and never will. And my parents are not related. My point is that I would prefer to read lively discussion as to what's taking place in Mitchell, outside of a bunch of protestors who drive around town with cages in the backs of their cars waiting for an animal owner to fuck up and then descend upon the police department forcing the hands of the officers to do something. Is there a better way to go about calling attention to a problem? Absolutely. They could've climbed on the roof of that trailer and refused to eat, take a bath or come down until the police saved those poor miserable puppies. What I am saying is that animal lovers and PETA supporters get way out of hand when it comes to animals. Why didn't anyone call Jim Richardson and set up an appointment to talk to him? Why not write a letter to the editor? Why not approach the woman and discuss the situation with her and offer some kind suggestions? Nah ... we'll just picket and cause a disruption. That's the way to get things done obviously. What kind of example are you setting? That we can all get what we want if we forced the hands of police on a Saturday afternoon. Can the rest of us do that when it comes to the drug problem or the fact that children are being neglected all around this city? Now, can we please move past the animal BS and talk about what's taking place in Mitchell? Come on, jl, what are your thoughts on the new administration? Is the mayor up to task thus far or over his head? And I think we should all care about who the hell the mayor is dating or what he's doing after hours. It's all about character. You're not representing the city well when you're getting drunk every weekend at Pinto's and flaunting yourself around town with a different woman every day. Ever watched American President? It's one thing to have a respectable girlfriend who carries herself well, but it's quite another to be seen with a different woman every night of the week. Just my thoughts, of course, and I am a tad bit conservative when it comes to image.

SAVETHEPUPS
SAVETHEPUPS

Because she told the rescue people and the police that herself when they were there Saturday

jl
jl

Just a few weeks ago on the tm news site there was all this hub-bub about a female who "kicked" a dog and got a years suspended sentence and had to serve a couple days in jail. EVERYONE was on her side saying she should never have gotten that tough sentence. I see no difference really. Oh, I forgot, she did say, the dog didnt get hurt when she kicked it!!

jl
jl

I agree with catwoman. There are more important things the MPD needs to be focusing on, like, the community kids and their drug use, underage drinking, etc. That affects us all !!

Animal Lovewr
Animal Lovewr

1.)No, I am glad that Butch did not get re-elected. 2.)Very few of them do. 3.)What business is it of yours or ours who or what Dan dates? As long as he is running the city and not blowing taxpayers money is all that concerns me. 4.) Yes, the MPD can raid homes you idiot but animal abuse and neglect is also a crime. Why don't you go out and get you an Indiana Statute Book, read it, and try to learn from it. It might do your brain cells some good.

Animal Lover
Animal Lover

I assume that you love cats or you wouldn't use that name. Would it make a difference to you if it were felines instead? Or are you just a frigging idiot that likes to spout off your mouth. I don't give a rats ass about guns, or what beer you like, or that you are inbreed. Sheesh, Get a Fucking Life.

Catwoman
Catwoman

Hell, no. 1 Peroxide blonde Puppies are cuter

jl
jl

#1 Hell NO!! (even if we had NO Mayor at all, we would still be better off than to have Butch) #2 0 #3 All of the above--you didnt specify if it was one night or more #4 Puppies

Catwoman
Catwoman

Do you wish Butch Chastain had been re-elected? Yes No How many council people do you believe actually know what they are doing? 0 1 2 3 4 5 What color hair will Dan's date this weekend have? Blonde Brown Red Peroxide blonde Can the MPD raid suspected drug houses or would they rather stick with puppies? Yes Puppies are cuter Mitchell? What drugs?

admin
admin

Judging by some of the e-mails I've received, he's sure not responding to e-mails from concerned citizens. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

Catwoman
Catwoman

I am more concerned about what's happening in the city now that Mr. Change has taken over. What's he doing? What's he done besides put people in place who are doing a good job and are good managers? Hell, I can do that.

jl
jl

Amen!!! As I see it, dogs belong outside anyway. All dogs are outside dogs until the owner makes it an indoor dog. Let the dogs be!!! It is in their blood to survive in the elements.

Catwoman
Catwoman

What's everyone think of the new administration? I think the new mayor has put good people in place. The police and street departments seem to be running OK, but what's he doing? Anyone seen any proof of that? And can we please talk about something outside of "saving the damn puppies." Those of us who don't give a shit are more than a little bored with it. They are freakin dogs! Doubt the prosecutor even files charges. The woman says she's done with it ... let's move on to something with general interest to everyone in Mitchell like guns, beer preference and the benefits of inbreeding.

Anonymous one
Anonymous one

Your discription of a puppy mill sounds like those CAFO Turkey farms; like the one going in out side of Bedford

jl
jl

There are loads of Terrells in this town and none are related. If she is who I think she is, Terrell was her "1st" married name, she took it back after her other divorce(s).

Anonymous dog
Anonymous dog

You obviously are not familiar with all the molecular, non-toxic and bio-degradable products on the market now that will eliminate dog odor.

froggy george
froggy george

"animal enterprise terrorism act", "AETA" This could cost Mitchell millions. Better CYA

RescueGal
RescueGal

And just where is this blog? I know the people involved and just like me, they are dog RESCUE people, not animal activists and they have no blog and they broke no laws.

froggy george
froggy george

www.showcatsonline.com/x/woman-sues-peta.shtml Congress has gotten into the act of protection of citizens by passing the bill "animal enterprise terrorism act", "AETA" This could cost Mitchell millions. Maybe the prosecutor should back up and punt?

froggy george
froggy george

they smell like dog! have you ever rode in a car that had a dog in it? Gag! You cannot get the smell out no matter what you do. I don't know what is worse, dog or stale cigarette smoke!

froggy george
froggy george

These people, you have to admit,are dedicated in what they do. If I was the one who put all this in motion, I would fear an avalanche of lawsuits. These activist have admitted on their blog that they entrapped this lady.(organized out of state) False accusation,(newspaper pictures)Slander, violation of civil rights,(federal) For their sakes, and the city of Mitchell if she had a kennel license and paid dog taxes, I hope they win the charges, if not, things could get pretty sticky for anyone who's name is on court documents.They better hope they don't get a farmer or someone who was raised on a farm on the jury.

Animal Rescuer
Animal Rescuer

No, they will not end up dying at the Humane Society. White River is pro-life. I recently rescued two dogs and 10 newborn puppies. My friend and I took care of all of them by buying food, vitamins, etc. She was kind enough to keep them at her home. Then, I took the mother dog and she took the other dog. The puppies were sent out on the rescue wagon to another state where they will be adopted out. White River does not put animals down unless they are critically injured with NO chance of surviving, if they are biters or something along that line. This lady deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law but that will never happen here in Lawrence County. By the way, the Mitchell Police Department and Mitchell's Street Department aka Animal Control had been notified of the above animals for over two months before I rescued them. They had no food, no water, and were living in mud.

CATHY
CATHY

If you all think you know her. You would know that the dog outside where full grown and Pekingeses. They have a lot of hair and are meant to be inside or outside dog. Maybe people should read up on them and know what they are takeing about. There where not dead puppies on Friday or Saturday. And No small dogs outside. If you had seen them you would know they were FULL GROWN.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

How would you know 2 puppies died in her care 2 days before the authorities stepped in? I honestly would like to know that.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

The smell was 100 times worse than the shelter yes when i walk into the shelter i smeel animals but not death and in that home i smelled death! And you also needed to check outside the were also in horrible condition.And if she cared for the pups so well then tell me why 2 in 2 days died do to dehydration and malnourishment (yes they did die!) and others on the brink of death! The wonderful people at the WRHS were having to inject fluid under those puppies skin trying to rehydrate them and keep them alive! They were up all night trying their best to save those puppies! Like i said i was there i seen it all with my own eyes and i was also at the humane society after they were brought in and i know what kind of condition they were in!And those animals were covered in urine and feces i just wished you all could have seen the condition they were in like i did they were filthy! And i am worried about that little boy i truely hope that he didn't catch come kind of illness from being around that and breathing it in so long.

rick
rick

This reminds me I have a dog that was purchased from a puppy mill when we first got it it had a bad case of parvo and almost died. If you ever see and add where they are selling peek a poo,s cock a poos, peeka poms, and various other breeds or mixed breeds do not go there actually I would just call the authorites and let them go in those places are awful.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

I've been to this house also, and on more than one occasion. Yes the smell was exactly the same smell as a humane society. It honestly was. And I would not have had that many puppies in my house. But neglect? Abuse? No way. I seen full water bottles, plenty of food, and even toys in each cage. I also seen puppies taken from their cages to let exercise and play. My puppy is and was just fine. Even picky about which food he'll eat (only the kind she gave him). We all love him very much. I've emailed her back and forth sending her pictures of my little guy and she was very nice and loving. She knew lots about dogs and about breeds. She took them to the vet as needed and gave them their first round of shots. I do not know anything about the dogs outside, as I never seen them. But the ones in the house were treated like pets, well really more like going to a pet store. They had a basket of toys so when they got out there were plenty of things to play with also. Nothing like the definition of a 'puppy mill'. So too many in the house, for one house, yes. But neglect, abuse, malnourishment?? Most definitely not. And no puppies died Friday or Saturday. The only puppies that were ill are the ones whose mother had either died during birth or not taken care of them that were rescued and bottlefed round the clock. All others were always healthy and striving.

sardogg
sardogg

do the dogs have the same last name too??

URfactsRnotRIGHT
URfactsRnotRIGHT

'By the formal definition, a puppy mill is a large-scale breeding operation that produces large numbers of puppies for profit. What the formal definition overlooks is that most puppy mills are inhumane in their treatment of breeding dogs and puppies. Many are filthy, and are run by people who have no idea about or concern for the genetic implications of breeding or about what dogs require in terms of basic health care and socialization. Many are simply hellholes in which the breeding dogs are kept in the most deplorable conditions—dogs confined to small wire cages for their entire lives, fed inadequately, kept in unheated buildings, denied basic veterinary care. The breeding dogs are sick, wounded, and malnourished. And their lives are miserable. When their breeding usefulness is over, they may be killed or dumped. Large-scale mills do not take their older dogs to shelters, as a rule, because they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. ' taken from http://www.almosthomerescue.org/puppymill/puppymill.htm No where remotely near anything that was going on at that house.

mitcHELL
mitcHELL

Keep the fan mail coming! LOL! The comment about her six year old hearing comments is ridiculous...kids that young don't really know enough about what is going on to be affected by it. If anything, the child will just miss all of his pets since they were taken away. I'm glad the animals were rescued, but they're only going to end up dying anyways at the humane society :(.

admin
admin

I don't believe there's any relation, the last name is just a coincidence. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

Anonymous one
Anonymous one

Do you know if the lady is related to Dan Terrell?

rick
rick

All I can say is maybe it was a puppy mill maybe it was not and for thoswe of you say say shut up because you don;t know the facts well the facts of small dogs outside and mal nourishment sounds to me like mis treated dogs so what do you think people will believe?

mitcHELL
mitcHELL

The whole situation, based on what I have heard/read, seems just like a woman who got in over her head in trying to take in/care for animals. Basically a cat lady gone awry, only in this case it's dogs. Interesting that her last name is Terrell, any relation there?

admin
admin

I get interesting fan mail sometimes, like this: I have followed your site as I "thought" it was the TRUTH!!! Now that I have read what you posted about the 'puppy mill" I now know that this site is just as full of SHIT as you are for writing and not knowing the truth. Maybe she had to many dogs, that’s not for us to decide, as for puppies dying well looks like the Hs cant take care of animals either. I can not count how many puppies she had taken and brought back to health because someone else didn’t want to deal with them. So without the facts and you going on about it proves the ignorance of people from small towns that HAVE to have something to talk about. guess we need to pat the police on the back for doing their job and taking care of the hardened criminals. You can or cant post this I don’t care since I wont be looking here to find out any information about mitchell since I know the truth wont come from it. And I guess you need a pat on your back as well from putting her name out there as well. Not that its her that needs to be worried about but the 6 year old that will now have to deal with hearing all the shit that he don’t need to hear. What a great guy. Nice move. As I've mentioned, please feel free to correct anything that's wrong. I don't believe I posted anything that's not based on the facts as I understand them. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

admin
admin

I only know what I've been told. Lots of it has come from "reliable sources". If I've posted something that's wrong, please do correct me. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

With out knowing all the facts you are as dumb as everyone else involed for running off at the mouth.

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