Montcalm Co. animal debate continues

Montcalm Co. animal debate continues

There are 48 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 25, 2009, titled Montcalm Co. animal debate continues. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A citizens advisory committee meeting this hour in Montcalm County could make a recommendation on whether to continue the county's association with a controversial animal research company.

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Mary Ellen

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#41 Mar 29, 2009
"A county commissioner told 24 hour News 8 two weeks ago the committee's decision was not binding and the commissioners would not necessarily follow the group's wishes." Doesn't this beg the question of why the committee was set up in the first place? These people (on the committee) have spent hours and hours on research and discussion to come up with a reasonable approach to solving this controversy. If every meeting is attended by all these people opposing the contract, where are all the people who are in favor of it? I just don't understand the absolute single-mindedness of the commissioners who plan to vote for the contract. Where are these constituents you say are in favor of the contract?
Eileen Burr -Stanton

Southfield, MI

#42 Mar 30, 2009
Fred wrote:
Carpenter was the hero in the whole thing. Wonder why his sat on the sidleines when he his pratice was in Montcalm County and did not want to help. Hero I think not.
Dr. Randy Carpenter is no different from many other citizens of this country. It is a tough job to take a stand in public. Getting involved takes time and a lot of work. He has admitted in public that he should have done something long ago but at least he is willing to stand in the front lines now. By the way, what have you done lately for your community? Have you gone to meetings? Is there a problem area in your community that you should be speaking up for or against? Are you willing to donate time and energy to express your opinion even if it means taking time from your lively hood to work for a cause you believe in? Dr. Randy Carpenter is doing that now to help make a better community. Give credit where it is due. And thank you Dr. Carpenter, Fran Schuliet, and Rhonda Waldorf for all of your hard work.
taytay

Grand Rapids, MI

#43 Mar 30, 2009
Michigan Animal News Investigations, Issues, Information about Michigan Animals

http://www.michanimalnews.com/Rescue_Nightmar...

<below is copied and pasted from above link - visit site to read further>

According to the “contract” that R & R Research has with Montcalm County, R & R Research can take any animal it wants in exchange for gassing the animals on the “euthanasia” list and disposing of the bodies. Typically, Woudenberg performs his ghoulish business early on Tuesday mornings, before the staff arrives. In fact, employees and citizens claim that Woudenberg had a key to the shelter until very recently, allowing him to come and go as he pleased. About the same time Kevin Weaver left his employment the locks on the shelter were changed. It's unknown whether Woudenberg got a new key and the Controller will not return my phone call requesting this information.

The contract between R & R Research and Montcalm County also requires R & R to haul away dead animals and dispose of the bodies. A search of state and federal licenses indicates that R & R Research is not licensed as either a disposer or hauler of dead animals. James Woudenberg from R & R Research is not licensed as animal control officer nor is he a licensed veterinarian so it is unclear how he can legally “euthanize” the animals at the Montcalm County Animal Control Shelter.
fairness
#44 Mar 30, 2009
Could there be a petition circulated throughout montcalm county to request the A.G. invetigate the whole situation?
Animal Girl

Muskegon, MI

#45 Mar 30, 2009
fairness wrote:
Could there be a petition circulated throughout montcalm county to request the A.G. invetigate the whole situation?
Based on the information in the previous post, there sure needs to be. If he is engaging in illegal activities WHY is the State allowing this to continue? As to why Montcalm allows it, we sort of already have the answer on that one.

“Ask me anything!”

Since: Apr 08

Montcalm County, Michigan

#47 Apr 3, 2009
taytay wrote:
Michigan Animal News Investigations, Issues, Information about Michigan Animals
http://www.michanimalnews.com/Rescue_Nightmar...
<below is copied and pasted from above link - visit site to read further>
According to the “contract” that R & R Research has with Montcalm County, R & R Research can take any animal it wants in exchange for gassing the animals on the “euthanasia” list and disposing of the bodies. Typically, Woudenberg performs his ghoulish business early on Tuesday mornings, before the staff arrives. In fact, employees and citizens claim that Woudenberg had a key to the shelter until very recently, allowing him to come and go as he pleased. About the same time Kevin Weaver left his employment the locks on the shelter were changed. It's unknown whether Woudenberg got a new key and the Controller will not return my phone call requesting this information.
The contract between R & R Research and Montcalm County also requires R & R to haul away dead animals and dispose of the bodies. A search of state and federal licenses indicates that R & R Research is not licensed as either a disposer or hauler of dead animals. James Woudenberg from R & R Research is not licensed as animal control officer nor is he a licensed veterinarian so it is unclear how he can legally “euthanize” the animals at the Montcalm County Animal Control Shelter.
Just a quick correction.

The contract states nothing about Woudenberg euthanizing the animals. The only service for which he's contracted is carcass disposal.
Ms dog lover

United States

#48 Apr 21, 2009
GR Animal Lover wrote:
Its obvious to anyone with half a brain that Woudenberg has the commissioners in his pocket! I grew up in Montcalm County, and I know the people can be very hard headed, and resistant to change, but this is just pure insanity. I agree with Kittykat that these people work for the citizens not the other way around. At times it appears they work for Woudenberg!!! If this contract is renewed, I for one will be doing everything I can to find out whats really going on, and I think they have plenty to hide.
This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I wish you would take you sphincter from around your neck.
Now lets have some CLASS A dealer raise animals to see and kill these ones. What a bunch of ignorant ideas.
Ms dog lover

United States

#49 Apr 21, 2009
Suehelen wrote:
<quoted text>
Just a quick correction.
The contract states nothing about Woudenberg euthanizing the animals. The only service for which he's contracted is carcass disposal.
Looks like your going to be a "bad guy" by correcting their lies. They would rather raise new animals for testing and kill these,oops euthanize. There is a big difference

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