Free the Dogs in a Box!

12 dogs are being held in a tiny, dark shelter outside of a property illegally inhabited by Mike Thomas. In 2010, the dogs were found infested with fleas and soiled by their own urine and feces, and some dogs had already died of flea anemia.

Though Wythe Humane was permitted to de-flea the dogs and clean their living space, county officials refused to remove the dogs or cite Thomas under VA animal abuse laws.

The 12 dogs continue to suffer in the confined space and receive little sunlight. Photographs of the dogs' space show that it is in clear violation of Virginia animal care statutes 3.2-6503, which requires dogs to have an adequate, properly cleaned shelter. Please sign the petition to urge Wythe County officials to take action against Thomas' mistreatment and have the dogs relocated to a caring rescue group.

To: Wythe County Officials


We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the continuing abuse of dogs in the hands of Mr. Mike Thomas of Walton Furnace Road.


12 dogs are being held in a tiny, dark shelter outside of a property illegally inhabited by Mike Thomas. In 2010, the dogs were found infested with fleas and soiled by their own urine and feces, and some dogs had already died of flea anemia.


Though Wythe Humane was permitted to de-flea the dogs and clean their living space, county officials refused to remove the dogs or cite Thomas under VA animal abuse laws.


The 12 dogs continue to suffer in the confined space and receive little sunlight. Photographs of the dogs' space show that it is in clear violation of Virginia animal care statutes 3.2-6503, which requires dogs to have an adequate, properly cleaned shelter. We urge you to take action against Thomas' mistreatment and have the dogs relocated to a caring rescue group. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our petition.

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