Pet Theft and THE
"B" DEALER SCANDAL
Part of this article is taken from http://www.lcanimal.org/stolen.htm
"Well, I don't know, he's been hanging around here for a couple of days now" "I guess it would be ok if you took him so he didn't have to go to the pound and be destroyed."
"Oh, thank you" said the kind man who stroked the young cat. "My children will be so happy that I found a little cat that looked like their Mr. Wiggles who died at 15 last year." How wonderful that this gentleman answered her "free to good home" ad and that her beloved little cat would have a loving home with a family who would take care of him.
The third scenario was much nicer than the first and second, right? Guess what, all were victims of stolen pets who would be sold for research or to those wanting them for bait to train their fighting dogs. These are bunchers who prey on people as well as have unscrupulous methods of obtaining families pets if they meet their list of required animals.
Every year, countless companion animals are stolen from cars, backyards, and by answering "Free to Good Home" ads in the newspaper. Many of our pets are stolen by the "B" dealers and "Bunchers" who are licensed by the U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture).
"B" dealers are people who are licensed by the U.S.D.A. to obtain "Random Source" animals and are permitted to sell them for profit. This "B" class dealer license has propagated the illegal obtainment of animals to fill the demand for laboratories, dissection companies, pit bull fighting, sacrificial purposes, and many other reasons.
Pet peddlers prey on people who can no longer keep their pets. Desperate owners listen to promises of good and loving homes. The promises are not kept. Instead your pets' fate is a laboratory or medical facility where they die painful and lonely deaths.
The U.S.D.A. seemingly turns a blind eye and is reluctant to enforce the regulations governing "B" dealers. Even with repeated violations, dealers are apparently rarely cited.
L.C.A. is the first and only organization in the country to apprehend, bring to trial, convict, and send to state prison, three licensed U.S.D.A. "B" dealers. This was the precedent-setting guilty verdict of Ruggiero, Spero, and Jacobsen. Soon to be followed was the permanent and first complete suspension of a U.S.D.A. license of Ervin Stebane in Wisconsin. Stebane was not only a corrupt "B" dealer, but he allegedly shot and butchered dogs for the "dog-meat eating" community for profit. A piece from an undercover LCA video camera caught his action and was featured on national television.
What can you do to keep your pet safe?
Use common sense first and foremost, keep
in mind that "this could happen in your area" and stay alert.
Don't be complacent. Hopefully you'll never have a worry, but, just be
forwarned. It's a realism and if you love your pet you'll be very
protective of it's security.
How can you make a difference and stop bunchers and their crimes?
WRITE, CALL, FAX, and/or
EMAIL to your CONGRESSPERSON asking them to support BILL HR 453!
Do keep your pet indoors, especially when you're not at home
Do properly identify your pet. If tattooed, use the leg instead of the ears
Do keep a collar on your pet
Do be aware of strangers in the neighborhood. Report anything suspicious to police
Do have advertisements in newspapers for pet adoptions read "NO BUNCHERS"
Do padlock your gate
Do keep your dog on a leash
Do make neighbors and friends aware of the problem of pet theft
Do not let your pet roam free in your neighborhood
Do not leave your pet unattended at any time
Do not tie your pet outside a store to wait for you
Do not place your pet in a new home without checking the new owners' references and identification
Do not place your pet in a new home without first visiting the premises
Do not place your pet in a new home without having the new owners sign a pet adoption contract
Do not let your pet be visible from the street
Related Links of interest and more information
http://www.eburg.com/~dalmatia/splinks.html - Many links here for finding stolen or lost pets as well as stolen pet information.
http://www.lcanimal.org/stolen.htm - Stolen pets in research.
http://www.enter.net/~pstacks/stolen.htm - Lehigh Valley Animal Rights Coalition