Don’t Return Dogs to Owner Who Allegedly Kept Them Stacked in Filthy Crates and Starving

Target: Janet T. Mills, Attorney General of Maine

Goal: Do not allow allegedly neglectful woman to regain custody of her dogs.

A Maine woman charged with criminal animal neglect is demanding to have her dogs returned after they were taken into custody. Anita McBride had moved her 80 dogs into her ailing mother’s home, only for the dogs to be found by state officials allegedly living in horrendous conditions, the floors were covered with waste and the animals stacked in crates on top of each other, none of them were properly fed. According to reports only a handful of these animals were disease-free when discovered. McBride’s mother’s cats were allegedly living in similar conditions on the house’s first floor; the cats were also seized.

While McBride claims to love the dogs and that she did not intend to be cruel, she still apparently allowed them to live in abject squalor. Regardless of intention, it is the actions of a pet owner that count, and neglect is still a form of cruelty. It seems McBride did not have the means to care for so many animals in addition to her ailing mother and her mother’s cats, and that she intended to sell puppies without a proper breeding license. McBride was clearly in over her head, and the animals in her care appear to have suffered for it.

Neglect is a form of cruelty, regardless of the owner’s intentions, and this woman should not be allowed to regain custody of her dogs. Sign this petition to demand the justice system refuse McBride permission to take her dogs back.


Dear Attorney General Mills,

Anita McBride, a woman charged with criminal animal neglect, is demanding to have her confiscated dogs returned despite apparently lacking the means to properly care for them and the alleged squalor of her living conditions. The dogs taken from her totaled to 80, in addition to the cats owned by her ailing mother; the animals were reportedly found starving and sick, stacked in crates on top of each other, and the floors covered in waste. Additionally, McBride allegedly planned to sell some of the puppies birthed by her dogs despite lacking a license.

While McBride’s intentions were not malicious, neglect of this magnitude is still a form of cruelty. Despite claiming to love them, McBride apparently still allowed the animals to suffer and must not be given that opportunity again. She seems clearly unfit to care for these animals, and you must ensure that she does not regain custody of even a single dog and that the animals are placed in good homes as soon as possible.


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Photo Credit: Calgary Humane Society

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  1. Anybody that treats animals like this dont deserve to own a dam thing. Things like this should be left up to the community to handle punishment./ death./ whatever they vote.

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