A Millville kennel is being accused of animal cruelty after complaints of multiple dogs being left outside in the frigid temperatures. Protesters lined up across from the five-acre property earlier today.
“These dogs can not speak for themselves. That is our job," said Jay Ryan, who organized the protest. "They can’t just walk up and say ‘hey, I’m cold. Take me inside. They can only bark.
"If we are cold out here right now, we know the dogs are cold, and something needs to be done."
On Friday, February 1st, Ryan organized a protest outside of Van M Collie Kennels on Cedar Avenue after he says he learned multiple dogs were being left in below-freezing conditions, even after Governor Phil Murphy signed a new law in place stating animals could not be left outside or without proper shelter for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is below 32 degrees.
Ryan’s post on Facebook gained attraction, resulting in people coming from as far away as West Deptford to show their support.
“To leave dogs out there for 24/7 is just horrible," said Larry, of West Deptford. "I mean, the other night was 20-30 below.”
The owner of Van M Collie Kennels, Nancy Van Embden, said people come from all over the world to buy her collies. She also said she’s been inspected recently and was told she’s following all current kennel laws. Van Embden said her collies are perfectly happy out in this colder weather. They have a shelter, but there is no heat.”
The owner also said that her collies and the breed in general are able to tolerate cold weather very well.
“Even though they are double-coated dogs, it doesn’t matter," said Teresa Torres, dog groomer and Millville resident. "This needs to be taken care of. They need the proper shelter. They can’t continue living like this.”
“There’s no animal except for a polar bear that would be adjusted to that type of weather,” said Larry.
Protesters said their ultimate goal was to bring attention to the proper officials to make a difference.
“I hope that somebody higher up hears this, a politician, somebody who loves animals as passionate as we are out here today,” said Amy Lowers, Millville.
Sources said the matter has been reported to the Millville Police Department’s Humane Law Enforcement officers.
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