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 (register to attend here)

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

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

  • 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.

Tuesday, March 19 – Friday, March 22:

  • Attend the trial during the day, participate in evening activities after court. There will be protests, vigils, community dinners, and fun outings to explore Madison!

Saturday, March 23, location in Madison and times will be updated closer to the events:

  • 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. We will have supplies available for you to make signs for the march.
  • 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.

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

  • 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. Expect great conversations and leave feeling inspired and energized, with new connections and ideas for our way ahead!

Register to attend here

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.