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Update: August 16, 2019
Following another visit to the Union County Sportsmen's Club in Millmont, Pennsylvania, by a PETA representative and experts, it's estimated that the Asiatic black bear named Dillan who's kept there is at least 400 lbs. overweight and is the most obese bear the experts have ever seen. They confirmed that his cramped concrete-floored cage and poor diet, among other issues, are contributing to numerous health and welfare issues. The experts agreed that Dillan urgently needs to be transferred to a reputable sanctuary where he can receive the expert care that he needs to survive the neglect that he's endured at the club. Club officials have refused to meet with PETA to discuss his condition and are hoping we'll just go away—but we won't. Dillan needs your help!
Neglect runs rampant at the club, where Dillan and other animals are kept in cramped, often filthy cages. The club has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to have enough trained staff to care for the animals, for allowing so much feces to accumulate in a cage that Dillan couldn't move around without touching it, and for failing to follow veterinary instructions after the death of five fawns who were emaciated, loaded with parasites, and had a vitamin E deficiency.
Dillan's morbid obesity can be attributed to the club's history of feeding him fattening restaurant leftovers instead of an appropriate diet for his species and the cramped concrete-floored cage to which he's confined. He's been declawed, has arthritis, and has severe dental disease that likely causes him pain and is life threatening. It's unhealthy for him even to soak in his small pool because workers don't always clean the cage and the pool water is often contaminated with feces. Visitors and USDA inspectors have seen him rocking back and forth, a sign of severe psychological distress. Getting Dillan out of the club and to a reputable sanctuary is a matter of urgency.
Animals at the club spend their days listening to the sound of gunfire. The USDA even cited the facility for the stress that this caused a geriatric bobcat. A raccoon was panting in the heat with no means to cool off. And birds were forced to drink out of an algae-covered water trough. The USDA has repeatedly cited the facility for not cleaning cages and for feeding animals food that's potentially spoiled and contaminated or causing them serious health issues.
Please make a polite call to the Union County Sportsmen's Club 570-922-1128. (Please note that this is the correct number, even though a representative may tell you otherwise.) Then, use the form below to urge the club to close down its wildlife exhibits and allow PETA to help transfer these animals to reputable facilities, where they can finally get the care that they desperately need.