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Update 4-12-24
In August, 2022 the Collie Rescue Foundation alerted NorCal Collie Rescue
to a seizure of nearly 200 Collies from a property in Sherrard, Illinois. Two
local Collie rescue organizations were on the ground immediately doing the
bulk of the work: Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois and Minnesota Wisconsin
Collie Rescue, along with Mercer County Animal Control and other local
volunteers. They did an incredible job of ensuring the dogs were properly
contained, transported, and cared for. Since that time, many other Collie
organizations across the country, including NCR, joined in to help.

Upon learning the details of this rescue, NCR’s Board of Directors
immediately voted to send donations to the two Collie rescue groups initially
involved and sought to raise funds for Mercer County Animal Control on our
website. We also notified Animal Control that we would be willing to foster
some of the dogs when they felt it appropriate to release them to us. We
remained in close touch with Animal Control on a general (and nail-biting)
stand-by while the court hearings and related legal matters concerning the
case progressed.

Although the court case was ongoing, the defendant had legally relinquished
possession of the dogs to Mercer County Animal Control and they in turn were
able to release the Collies to various Collie rescues throughout the country. We
sent a volunteer to the site and arranged to take five of these Collies. Our
volunteer relayed to us later that local law enforcement had never seen
anything like the way the Collie community had mobilized so quickly! And that
they were overcome with appreciation for the help.

Thanks again to the AMAZING transport service of Mutt Mutt Engine for
bringing our dogs across the country safely. Mutt Mutt Engine is a 501c3
charity that exists for the very purpose of transporting rescues! We feel VERY
lucky to have found them. https://www.muttmuttengine.org

Our heartfelt thanks to the local Collie rescues on the ground in Illinois and to
the Collie Rescue Foundation (https://collierescuefoundation.org) for
helping to coordinate the effort, showcase the enormous rescue, and
reimburse NCR for some of the major medical expenses we incurred. NCR is
proud to be an affiliate of this organization which was originally borne out of a
need to assist in large rescues such as this one. We would also like to thank
NCR’s donors who continue to support our rescue efforts at home and in
these dire situations. Finally, we have so much gratitude for our foster homes,
without which we couldn’t fulfill our mission to rescue and rehome

Up until this point, we haven't been able to talk about “the Mercer Collies
because of the pending legal action. However, we finally have great news! On
March 6, 2024, Karen Plambeck was found guilty of eleven felony counts of
intentional animal cruelty and will be sentenced in June 2024.  Here is one
local news article:


Sarah Rebernick of Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, who testified at the
4-day trial of the owner of the Collies, did a wonderful job in a video relaying
the entire story from start to finish. Warning: It is graphic and eye opening.
Here is the link:

This is truly a happy tail for all the rescued dogs and the volunteers who
worked tirelessly on their behalf. “Our” five Mercer Collies have been
adopted and are living their best lives now in loving homes.

For more on these dogs, please see our previous posts on our Facebook
page: https://www.facebook.com/norcalcollierescue

An update on the Mercer 5 Collies are among the dogs featured in our
December 2023 newsletter: https://calcollierescue.org/news.html 

There are also some entries in the Happy Tails section of our website on these