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Fred Acker Animal Cruelty Trial -- Save the Date to Demonstrate

Calling on people to demonstrate in Litchfield at the town green across from the courthouse on Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.

SAVE THE DATE: Dec. 12, 2012, 9 a.m. Litchfield Town Green. This is the date and place where Fred Acker will begin his trial for 62 counts of felony animal cruelty.

For anyone who is not aware of Fred Acker or did not read my first blog, he has been in the dog placement business, in lower Fairfield County for approximately 20 years. He goes under the name of SPCA of Connecticut and his logo looks almost identical to the logo of the ASPCA of New york. He is not now nor has he ever been associated with the ASPCA, which has been in business in New York for over 145 years. ASPCA stands for Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Over the past 13 years, Acker's business has been located in Monroe, CT and over the years he has been cited by local and State animal control for various infractions of State Laws pertaining to animals. He obtains dogs from "puppy mills" down South at very small fees, has them shipped to Connectcut, and sells them for $395.00 per dog. He has bragged to Channel 8 News that he has "placed" 360 dogs during one three day period when he actually sold these dogs to unsuspecting people and collected over $100,000.00 in fees. The amounts of money he has made during this 13 year period must be mind boggling.

Due to presure from local and State animal control, Acker recently moved his "business" to Bethlehem CT, where he is renovating a barn to be used to house the dogs he has obtained for sale.

On Oct. 11, the Bethlehem Animal Control Officer (ACO) recieved a complaint regarding a dog that had escaped from this building. The dog was later found dead on the highway. While investigating Acker, the ACO found several discrepencies in the information and paper work that Acker produced, vet info, rabies certificates, etc. At that time there were 76 dogs, in crates, in the barn. The Officer issued verbal warnings to Acker that the conditions in the barn needed to be improved or he would be cited for multiple violations.

On Nov. 8, after determining that the conditions had not been improved and obtaining a warrant to enter the property, the Officer went to the barn, found no improvements had been made, and with only a small heater to warm the entire barn, checked the room temperature which she found to be 30 degrees fahrenheit. At that point she placed Mr. Acker under arrest, read him his Miranda rights, and with the assist of a State trooper, took Acker into custody.

Over all these years Acker has bilked probably hundreds if not thousands of unknowing people of hundreds of thousands of dollars by misrepresenting the quality and health of these dogs, and never making refunds for any reason.

I would like for all people who care for animals to make a statement on December 12 at the Litchfield Green, across from the courthouse, (Litchfield Judicial District Superior Court, 15 West Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Directions)  and picket and demonstrate that this man cannot be allowed to walk away with a slap on the wrist, a suspended sentence and community service. A true community service would be to put him and others like him out of business. State Law provides $5,000.00 fines and/or 5 years in prison for each count of felony animal cruelty. In Acker's case, he would be facing $310,000.00 in fines and 310 years in prison.

The only person in the United States, who has gone to prison for animal cruelty was Michael Vick. Let's let the prosecutors and the judge in this case know that animal cruelty is not a minor offense.

See you in Litchfield Dec. 12, 9:00am.  Please bring your own signs!!

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SuperDave December 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
What was the fate of these dogs if Acker was not involved? Where did they come from, where would they have ended up, etc. It seems to me Acker is a scapegoat for a much larger issue, and the real problem is nothing being solved.. Does anyone know where these animals originated from and why? I agree with BillandSusan: for years I have driven by a house in Naugatuck where 2 dogs are in doghouses right in the front yard no matter what the temperature and weather. I have a neighbor who chains his dog outside when they are away for hours, and I am serenaded with a barking, whining dog as the temperatuer drops and the sun goes down. And that poor animal does not even have a doghouse, barn, nothing. Why are we not outraged about this?
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Please do not condemn people who buy purebed dogs. I have owned at least 12 adult shelter dogs in my life so far. I also own a purebred Golden Retriever that I bought from a reputable breeder who cares about the health and welfare of her dogs. I agree that breed standards imposed by the AKC and UKC have in many cases ruined breeds of dogs. LUnreputable breeders also have ruined breeds of dogs. You may have been able to get your purebreeds at specific rescues because of the unreputable breeders who sell pups to anyone and then many end up in rescues and shelters. I am tired of people saying to me "Oh you didn't get her at a shelter? I rescued a dog from down south myself." I bought from a reputable breeder, am a responsible dog owner and have former shelter dogs too. Please don't hate me for buying a purebred dog.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Alice - We will be happy to protest at the civil hearing so he does not get custody of any of these animals. Does it really matter when/where he was arrested? Not really. What matters is that he was arrested. If my attorney posted about my case on a public forum, I would fire the incompetent lawyer immediately. Where are your brains?
ADP December 04, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I used to work at this facility. I spent countless hours a week cleaning and caring for dogs that would most likely be better off any where but there. The stench inside is horrendous. When there were more dogs than could fit in the house, they were stuffed in crates in a falling down old garage. The dogs lacked proper human interaction and socialization. However when the power was out for a week due to a storm, Mr. Acker stayed in a luxury hotel while us workers didn't even have water to clean with. We couldn't clean food bowls or cages properly. Mr. Acker cares about one thing and that's the almighty dollar. I'll bet he couldn't tell you the names of 5 dogs he has...
Will Wilkin December 04, 2012 at 05:03 PM
What is so "conservative" about suggesting defiance of the Constitution? Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, NOR CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS INFLICTED. (my emphasis)

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