Crucial Vote for Pets in Montcalm County January 26

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On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will meet to hear arguments for and against the renewal of the county's contract with a class b animal dealer. This particular class b dealer is the same dealer who has sold pets to the University of Michigan for use in their Advanced Trauma Life Support classes. U of M is currently under fire for their use of live animals in their ATLS classes. This meeting will be held in the Old Court House in Stanton, MI located at 211 W. Main St. 48888. Media are invited.

This practice has become all the more heartbreaking since the poor economy has forced some pet owners to relinquish their companion animals to the shelter.

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will meet to hear arguments for and against the renewal of the county's contract with a class b animal dealer. This meeting will be held in the Old Court House in Stanton, MI located at 211 W. Main St. 48888. Media are invited.

Background: A class b dealer is an animal broker who takes shelter animals and resells them for use in research or experimentation. This particular class b dealer is the same dealer who has sold pets to the University of Michigan for use in their Advanced Trauma Life Support classes when alternatives are commonplace at most universities. U of M is currently under fire for their use of live animals in their ATLS classes.

This controversial and often emotional issue has been criticized for over a year now by the residents of Montcalm County. Jeanne Urbanski, spokesperson for CCC states, "This practice has become all the more heartbreaking since the poor economy has forced some pet owners to relinquish their companion animals to the shelter."

Only four counties in the State of Michigan continue to participate in this controversial practice.

On January 26, 2009 the Montcalm County Commissioners will decide whether they will remain in the minority and continue funneling people's pets to research or join the vast majority of Michigan counties that have listened to their constituents and realized the advantages of discontinuing pound release.

Concerned Citizens Coalition - Montcalm (CCC) is a non-profit Michigan corporation formed to work for positive changes within our community that will lead to better services for our residents and improve the image of our county.

Montcalm County Citizens for Animal Welfare - MCCAW - is a non-profit Michigan corporation formed to secure more humane euthanasia and end pound release in Montcalm County.

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