From JRT to TLC: rescue dogs ready for adoption


Do you remember the Jack Russell Terriers of JRT John, the Michigan kennel run by John D. Jones? How could you not! Since PETA released our undercover investigation — which showed Jones was storing dogs outside in freezing cold and mutilated puppies — and staged a four-day sit-in at the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office , it is only victory after victory for the dogs that Jones once tormented. and exploited. Now, following the news of the rescue of the 39 dogs as well as the crime of animal cruelty and related charges against Jones, we have an exciting new development: at this very moment, two of the dogs that were rescued are on a very special road trip. Thanks to the good folks at the Cherryland Humane Society in Michigan, these two girls are heading straight to PETA’s shelter for more TLC and to prepare to live together in a loving new home.

A PETA field worker and a Cherryland Humane Society staff member are preparing these two dogs – rescued from a Michigan puppy farm – for the journey of their lives.

While at JRT John’s Jack Russell Terriers, these two dogs were kept purely for breeding, without any comforts – isolated in a pen with no beds, toys or stimulation of any kind. They were confined outside on mud and exposed to cold, rain and snow, leaving them soaked and unable to warm up or even dry off. During the winter, their water froze almost every day.

Before being rescued and hitting the road to PETA’s shelter, this dog received only a few handfuls of new straw for the ramshackle doghouse she was forced to exist in – that was all the breeder allowed.

Deprived of companionship, exercise and stimulation, these two girls and the other frantic terriers just ran around, paced and jumped up and down, clinging to the wire fence in despair. Their barking was deafening. This type of behavior was a heartbreaking attempt to deal with the frustration and stress of intensive confinement and deprivation — horrors that these two dogs, now safe in PETA’s care, will never have to face again.

The PETA investigator never saw the breeder touch this dog or any of those housed outside. At the Cherryland Humane Society — and now on the road with PETA fieldworkers — this girl and her sister are getting the gentle cuddles that social animals like them need.

Once at PETA’s shelter, they will enjoy much-needed rest, warmth, affection and respect while we find them the perfect forever home together. They will never again be used for breeding, will watch helplessly as their puppies are taken from them and mutilated, or will be kept in solitary confinement. These long-suffering Jack Russell terriers will finally have the life they’ve always deserved.

If you think you have what it takes to give these two the life they deserve,
E-mail [email protected].

Follow @PETA on Twitter and check back here for updates on these girls’ journeys. Please also click below to help prevent more cruelty to dogs.

It is up to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to oversee the kennels – it is expected to enforce minimum standards for dog care. Please urge him to ensure that dogs never again suffer at the hands of Jones everywhere in Michigan.


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