The Society's rescue of fourteen severely neglected dogs from Martin Creek Kennels is part of a massive humanitarian effort across the United States to save the victims of C.C. Baird, a licensed Class B Dealer operating out of Willeford, Arkansas.
The Society was first approached by Cathy Liss of the Animal Welfare Institute who was spearheading the rescue effort following the revocation of C.C. Baird's license. This left 100 dogs and 180 cats on Baird's property. The 180 cats were kept by his wife Patsy's "Pat's PIne Tree Farms". Cathy's efforts were to find humane societies and adoption/rescue groups who would take in the 280 animals confiscated by the USDA but still waiting on Baird's property.
Through negotiations, it was agreed the Society would take fourteen of the dogs. Elizabeth Wainwright of Purebred Dog rescue, St. Louis, MO, took care of all the arrangements for their arrival, and flew to New Jersey the morning of March 10th. Meanwhile, the dogs made their 20 hour journey by truck under the watchful eye of Steve of Mobile Pet Transporters, arriving at our Forked River facility at about the same time. Both helped unload the weary pooches and bring them to a place of warmth and safety.
This incredible effort would not have been possible without the cooperation of all those mentioned above and the USDA who helped immensely in smoothing the way for the dogs' acceptance into facilities all across the country.
C.C. Baird is a notorious dog dealer, and he and his family have a long history of animal welfare violations, fines and repeat offenses with the USDA. It is through diligent efforts of Last Chance for Animals of Arkansas, undercover efforts and the USDA, that C.C. Baird and his family have finally been put out of the pet research and alleged pet theft business as their licenses have been permanently revoked. Fines totaling $262,700 were imposed on Baird, the largest fine in history ever imposed by the USDA/APHIS.
Baird and his family were also given a five year probation including a penalty of $250,000 without further procedure if any family member is ever found engaging in any activity for which their license was revoked. The revocation of Baird's license will hopefully close the door on the largest facility in the country which has processed tens, possibly thousands, of dogs for research, many suspected of being stolen from nearby states.
Pictured above are two of the five Arkansas dogs still waiting for adoption. Please consider opening your heart and homes to these deserving pups. All are already neutered or will be prior to adoption and are located at out Forked River facility. Please read here for more on the rescue.
Update: Baird pleads guilty; faces stiff punishment - read more.