Below is David Mangold's letter (Save Milwaukee's Court Case Dogs) to Senator Grothman. He gave us permission to share it here.
I am writing to ask for your support on SB191 and SB319- both proposed laws dealing with seized victims of cruelty. While SB191 addresses one provision of the law, SB319 addresses many failure points in the seized dog process.
Under SB319, the process more quickly addresses the needs of the victim. It also will help greatly to address cruelty crimes to ensure a more humane, and safe community. One failure point that is glaring in Milwaukee, is the fact that our local Police might be hesitant to seize a dog under today’s law – considering the publicity that 16 “court case dogs” have received. Is saving a dog and its puppies from a backyard fighter, the right thing to do, considering dogs will go through over two and a half years behind bars with minimal human contact? Especially considering that one outcome is that dogs will get “disposed of” at the end of it all?
Then there is the fact that the abuser enjoys considerable freedom to continue breeding and keeping dogs while the gears of justice turn slowly. In Milwaukee, a neighbor of one of the accused has put their situation public, on the internet: My neighbor was allegedly busted for dog fighting (allegedly since it's still in court he is guilty lived next to him for two years). They seized 16 dogs from his property and another mans. This case has been going on now for two years and the dogs have been held as evidence meaning no going outside no social contact just the minimal requirements met food,water,and shelter. They are called the Milwaukee court case dogs and I included a link here if you want to check it out.
Now said neighbor is no longer fighting his dogs but breeding them. Back to back dead puppies every litter selling them at 5 weeks. I have called MADACC to file complaints. They say they need more then one citizen to complain. I have talked to the police they told me that complaints hold more weight if made by a civilian. He kept one of the puppies he was trying to tell me it's back legs are double jointed!!!!!! The poor dogs hips were popping in and out of place every step it takes. I asked how is he even allowed to still own dogs the police said since he hasn't been charged yet that he probably has no agreement about owning dogs in his court papers yet.
Why can someone accused of dog fighting, a felony in all states, continue to breed and keep dogs? At the same time, the seized dogs are put in the evidence locker?
Wisconsin ranks #42 – near the bottom – of all states for our dog fighting laws, according to the Humane Society of the United States: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/animal_fighting/dogfighting_statelaws.pdf I ask that you take SB319 to the next Judiciary Committee public hearing and help us in Wisconsin fix our communities, and help us heal some very deep wounds that our laws have ignored for too long.
It’s time we had safe and humane communities again. SB191 helps a small bit, but SB319 is really what we need- and I assure you that this group will continue to be at the forefront for fight for this matter, and for the seized victims of abuse. David Mangold Justice Alliance for Court Case Dogs