For immediate release:
January 22, 2022

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Lake City, Mich. – Missaukee County District Attorney David Den Houten filed one count of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts for violating other animal welfare laws against the breeder of Jack Russell John D. Jones terrier, following a PETA undercover investigation revealing extreme abuse and neglect at Jones’ unlicensed kennel, a four-day stay sit in by members of PETA calling for action at the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jan. 7 seizure of some 40 dogs kept outdoors by Jones in sub-zero temperatures. The accusations come from PETA video footage and Pictures of Jones cutting off the puppies’ tails without anesthesia or pain relief and leaving small, short-haired dogs parked outside in freezing cold, snow and mud – and often without drinking water because it would freeze overnight – among other problems. A dog was found frozen after dying overnight.

Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch:

John Jones mutilated puppies and left dozens of dogs to suffer in sterile pens in the freezing cold. The charges against him must therefore remain firm. PETA is turning to the prosecutor to prevent more dogs from suffering at the hands of this serial abuser by asking for a lifetime ban on pet ownership and urging the public never to buy, but to adopt.

PETA notes that this is at least the third times law enforcement confiscated Jones’ dogs. In 2008, approximately 85 dogs were seized from him in Barry County, Michigan; in 2013, authorities seized at least 165 dogs from him in Missaukee County.