Dane County prosecutes animal rescue instead of animal abuse

Ridglan beagle rescue trial

March 18-24, 2024

On March 18, three activists go on trial for rescuing 3 dogs from Ridglan Farms. Join us for an inspiring week of action to protest the injustice of prosecuting animal rescue instead of animal abuse.

Schedule of Events 

Subject to Change, be sure to check frequently for the latest information as dates and times may change.

Register to attend weekday events here

Monday, March 18, time updated closer to trial but expect it to be in the morning, at the Dane County Courthouse:

  • Daytime: Pack the Court! We will show up en masse to show the Dane County DA that we support the rescue and do not want our tax dollars spent prosecuting people who help animals.
  • Evening: Drop Ridglan Farms Protest

Tuesday, March 19

  • Daytime: Courthouse
  • Evening: Pizza and Movie Night

Wednesday, March 20

  • Daytime: Courthouse
  • Evening: Vigil

Thursday, March 21

  • Daytime: Courthouse
  • Evening: TBD

Friday, March 22:

  • Daytime: Courthouse
  • Evening: Sign-Making Party

Register to attend weekend events here

Saturday, March 23, Gates of Heaven Synagogue, James Madison Park. Dogs are not allowed in the Synagogue, but it is reserved for human attendees to warm up, use bathrooms, make signs, etc.

  • 1pm: Envigo Beagle Reunion. Everyone is welcome to attend, this is a family-friendly and pet-friendly event! Meet beagles that were rescued from Envigo, learn about their stories, their struggles, and their triumphs. Dogs must be licensed in the city where they live, please bring your dog license with you if your city requires one. Dane4Dogs will provide City of Madison day permits for all dogs at check-in, which is required for all dogs in parks. 
  • 2pm: Dog Defenders March. Join us on an inspiring and upbeat march to show legislators that Wisconsin residents want them to ban research puppy mills and support the right to rescue! Bring your signs or come early and make ones with supplies we provide. The tail of the march will be designated a quiet(ish) space for dogs or humans with noise sensitivities.
  • 3:30pm Joint Group Photo and Wrap Up. Everyone will meet back at the Synagogue (outside) to take a photo of the Envigo beaglers and marchers and wrap up our historic day!

Sunday, March 24, location in Madison and times will be updated closer to the events:

  • 9am-12pm Community Outreach. We will be showing Dane County residents videos of the research puppy mill and dog experimentation industry, and offering information and education to those who are interested. In our experience, residents are often receptive and want to help stop it. This will be a great opportunity to invite them to our afternoon event to take action for dogs! 
  • 12pm-1pm Lunch. Join us for a free lunch; please be sure to register here so we can order enough food!
  • 1pm-3pm Get Creative for Dogs. Wondering what YOU can do to help dogs in laboratories? This is it! This is your opportunity to take tangible action for dogs with our help! We will provide flyers you can mail to your legislators with a personal note, we will help you write Letters to the Editor, write a song, a poem, or come up with your own unique way you can help dogs suffering in research puppy mills or laboratories. Leave feeling inspired and energized, with new connections and ideas for our way ahead!

Thousands of Dogs Suffer, 3 Escape. Which is the crime?

If you ask the Dane County District Attorney, holding thousands of dogs in cramped cages with wire mesh floors and no sunlight is not a crime. Selling puppies as young as 7 weeks old for painful, cruel experiments that end in premature death is not a crime. But according to the Dane County DA, rescuing 3 lucky dogs from these horrific conditions is a felony and providing them with veterinary care and loving homes is worthy of prosecution. 

Many adult dogs are kept in two-level, stacked enclosures constructed of metal fencing and mesh flooring (floor area: approximately 8 SqFt, 2’ x 4’)


ridglan puppy mill farm for animal testing

A number of adult dogs in the facility were displaying prominent stereotypical behaviors; such as circling, pacing, and wall bouncing.