New Jersey’s Worst Animal Houses of HorrorPosted on January 10, 2014
Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls for Shut-Down of Garden State’s Law-Breaking Facilities
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund
TRENTON — After thorough review of commercial breeders in the state of New Jersey, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal letter this week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), singling out the worst breeders and demanding the agency enforce the law against violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). ALDF’s review of the inspection records shows animal cruelty routinely goes unpunished, and the group urges the USDA to move suffering animals to reputable shelters where they can receive veterinary attention. Furthermore, ALDF’s letter calls on the USDA to apply civil penalties and revoke the licenses of commercial dealers that have violated the AWA on multiple occasions, including:
- Ignatov-Radokhov and Victor Radokhov breed dogs and cats in Columbia (Warren County). Over the last several years, the Radokhovs failed to provide necessary care to eight animals with serious injuries requiring immediate veterinary attention, including a dog with severe eye irritation; a dog with a facial lump, swollen gums, and skin lesions on her ankle; a dog with knee injuries; and two cats with lesions around their necks.
- Burton Sipp operated the Animal Kingdom Zoo in Bordentown (Burlington County) until its closure in April 2013. In the years prior to its closure, Sipp violated the AWA on multiple occasions—yet because the facility closed, the USDA never fined Sipp—who failed to provide veterinary care for a giraffe who had to be euthanized as a result of his untreated illness. Four days before the inspection, two hyenas escaped from the zoo—one of whom was killed by a car. Sipp also failed to provide veterinary care for a hyena who had been documented as injured during two separate inspections; Sipp euthanized the hyena only after her wounds went untreated for 12 days.
“Critically cold conditions like the current winter front remind us how important it is that animals outside are cared for properly,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We call upon the USDA to act upon these horrific violations—which have been thoroughly documented in their own records—before more animals are harmed behind closed doors.”
ALDF’s letter and a complete list of abusive breeders are available by request.