MADACC partners with Animal Farm Foundation for evaluation of dogs seized from dog fighting investigations

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) has partnered with Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) for upcoming evaluations and potential placements for dogs seized from dog fighting investigations as their cases are adjudicated.

"Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) feels strongly that these victims of cruelty should be afforded the opportunity for fair evaluation. We are thrilled to be working with Animal Farm Foundation on this project as they will provide much needed expertise and assistance beyond what MADACC is able to offer,” said Karen Sparapani, Executive Director of MADACC.

Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to securing equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs, has provided their expert assistance in a number of similar cases around the country. AFF will be working with MADACC to determine which dogs will be considered for adoption and to identify the current needs of each individual dog.

“MADACC has made the appropriate and compassionate choice to evaluate and determine the needs of each dog as an individual. Our previous work has taught us that victims of animal cruelty cannot and should not be considered as merely the sum of their past experiences, nor is their past an accurate predictor of their future behavior or suitability for placement as family pets. We are glad to be working with Karen and the MADACC team to get to know these dogs as individuals in order to better serve both the dogs and the community," Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation said.

The AFF-led evaluation team will assess the dogs, using the Marder Match-Up II standardized program, including their response to novel stimuli, unfamiliar people and other dogs as well as their comfort with being handled. Once the evaluations are completed, AFF will provide recommendations for possible outcomes and placement for each of the dogs to MADACC.

AFF will continue to assist MADACC in order to successfully transition the dogs into adoption programs. All placements will be made with, and through, partnering shelters and rescue groups who will receive on-going informational support from AFF as they transition the dogs through their adoption programs.

Rescues and shelters who may be interested in transferring the dogs into their adoption programs should contact MADACC Shelter Supervisor Lorraine Sweeney at 414-649-8640 for placement consideration.