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Timeline of Events in the Seizure of Upton's German Shepherd Dogs By Indianapolis Animal Care and Control

April 2015 - The yearly inspection by Indianapolis Animal Care and Control was conducted and NO issues were found. Satisfactory inspection record for the last 30 years at the same location! Upton Famous Pet Training Center has been at the same location for 30 years, never had a violation or a citation. 
May 2015 - Upton’s Famous Pet Training Center Kennel license was renewed 
November 5, 2015 - Animal Care and Control Deputy Chief of Enforcement, Kim Wolsiffer came to the training center for a "random inspection". This is what she said to a news reporter about this inspection : “A majority of the concerns we had were along those lines; the size of the kennel that the animals were being kept in and the medical concerns that we’d seen with multiple animals,” said Wolsiffer. 
November 6, 2015 - Animal Care and Control Deputy Chief of Enforcement, Kim Wolsiffer came back with a search warrant to remove 50 dogs from Upton’s Dog Training Center including client’s dogs that were there for boarding and training. The owners of the boarded dogs were able to claim them from IACC which included 2 10-week old German Shepherd puppies (one whose tail was broken while at IACC and was not treated). IACC kept 32 of Paul’s dogs, 31 German Shepherds and 1 Rottweiler. Wolsiffer said to the news: “We’re not in agreement with the way that he’s up-keeping the facility itself and we don’t want to put more dogs in danger,” “the Animal Care and Control veterinarian will be inspecting all the animals over the weekend. For the time being, Upton will not be allowed to board any animals, however he will be allowed continue training if he chooses to do so.” November 12, 2015 - Bond Hearing - Court records show that Paul Upton was charged with 37 Charges of Violation to the Care And Treatment of animals and 10 charges of Permanent Identification of Dog or Cat
December 17, 2015 - Court Records show that Judge Kimberly Dean Mattingly ordered Paul Upton to pay a cash bond in the amount of $6,120.00 for the care and treatment of his animals by IACC for the care of 32 animals during a period of 34 days from impoundment. If bond fee is not paid within 3 days, the animals will be deemed forfeited and become the property off the Animal Care and Control Division. Paul Upton shall renew the $6,120.00 care and treatment bond every 30 days thereafter if necessary, and shall continue until forfeiture of the animal, return of the animal to it's owner, or final adjudication of the enforcement action, which ever first occurs. Jury Trial scheduled for 01/22/2016 
December 17, 2015 - Upton Paid $6,120 Bond to IACC - Payment #1 
December 29, 2015 - Upton filled a lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis for the confiscation of his dogs.
January 4, 2016 - News came about the birth of puppies at the shelter from 2 pregnant bitches, Golden Nugget had four puppies which all died and another female had 10 puppies and one of those died. There have been no further updates on the puppies. IACC claimed that they were not advised the dogs were pregnant.
January 7, 2016 - Court records show Paul Upton's Attorney filled “Emergency Motion for release of all surviving puppies and the remains of the deceased puppies born at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Shelter and of all the dogs belonging to Paul Upton”.
January 7, 2016 - Upton's supporters demonstrated outside the Indianapolis City-County Building to support Paul Upton and demand the return of his dogs.
January 19, 2016 - Court records show both parties have orally agreed to work towards resolution during next 10 days and requests a continuance regarding all pending motions.
During the months of January and February, the City of Indianapolis presented Paul Upton with a “settlement”, we found out from a third party that this “deal” had many limitations, it would give IACC the ability to micromanage the Upton’s kennels and they wanted to return only part of the dogs, not all of them. The settlement terms were not acceptable. Paul Upton will not disclose or comment on the details. We believe this was a tactic used by the City of Indianapolis to stop the public pressure that was building in January and of course, delay everything so people forget about this abuse.
January 22, 2016 - Court Records show Jury trial was canceled.
February 3, 2016 - Court records show Paul Upton was ordered to submit the sum of $6,150.00 to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control no latter thanFriday 2/5/2016, for purpose of payment of the outstanding renewal bonding fee for care of his 32 animals for the period of12/15/2015 to 01/15/201. Bond amount shall automatically renew each subsequent 30 days, and shall be remitted to IACC on the fifth calendar day of each month until the matter at issue in the action are fully resolved by the Parties or through final disposition by the Court. If Paul Upton fails to pay the full amount of the Bond Amount to IACC by the possession and control of IACC shall be automatically forfeited to the City of Indianapolis pursuant to Section531-727 of the Revised Code 
February 3, 2016 - Upton Paid $6,120 Bond to IACC - Payment #2 
February 9, 2016 - Court records shows that court DENIED Upton’s emergency motion for release of all surviving puppies. 
March 4, 2016 - Upton Paid $6,150 Bond to IACC - Payment #3
March 5th, 2016 - Open house held at Upton’s Training Center. Hundreds of people came to visit and see the kennels. Government officials were invited but they did not come.
March 14, 2016 - Upton Paid $6,120.00 Bond to IACC for the care of Upton’s dogs from December 11 to January 11 - Payment #4
March 16, 2016 - Court Records show the City of Indianapolis filed “Motion for Sanction and Order to Immediately Cease and Desist Publishing False and Salacious Propaganda”.
March 23, 2016 - Court records show that the Court ordered the Parties and Counsel for the Parties to refrain from making any public statement to the media and refrain from making any public statements on the internet regarding the underlying case pending the resolution of this cause.
March 23, 2016 - Paul Upton closed the Upton’s Famous Pet Training Center Facebook page with over 4,000 supporters.

March 23, 2016 People For Pet Ownership opened Help Save Upton's Dogs Facebook page:
April 4, 2016 Upton Paid $6,150.00 Bond to IACC - Payment #5
April 15, 2016 The court denies the attorney’s request for award for attorney fees, to waive payment of bonding fees, for an order directing the immediate release of dogs to the Defendant, and for a restraining order.
April 15, 2016 Paul Upton’s attorney files a new Motion to Dismiss with information and data proving that prosecutor Mark Pizur had doctored public records presented to the court about the communications between Pizur and Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney following the death of puppies at the city shelter in January.
April 18, 2016 Prosecutor Mark Pizur withdraws from the case, admitted to doctoring public records, calling it a "total lapse of judgment." Jury trial is postponed to from May 9, 2016 to August 22, 2016
April 19, 2016 Mark Pizur is fired and Prosecutor Deborah Lynn Law takes over the case.
May 4, 2016 $6,150.00 Bond Paid - Payment #6 _____ May 20, 2016 Hearing Scheduled
June 4, 2016 $6150.00 Bond Paid - Payment #7
June 30, 2016 $6150.00 Bond Paid- Payment #8

Jury Trial scheduled for August 22, 2016
Jury Trial Rescheduled for November 18th after several motions were denied by the court.

12-1-2016 Upton's and the City reach a settlement and the dogs start returning home.

As part of the agreement Upton agrees to dismiss several lawsuits he’s filed against the city and halt pending records requests and complaints.

The city will deliver the dogs to the training facility in groups of ten on December 2, December 9, December 16 and December 23, records show, with the oldest dogs arriving first.

The dogs returned include 31 dogs seized from Upton in November 2015, as well as nine puppies.

Upton agrees to future inspections by Indianapolis Animal Care Services.

The city of Indianapolis will pay Upton and his attorney, Marshall Pinkus, $98,000 “in consideration for the upgrades Upton has made to the Facility, resolution of the Lawsuits, avoiding the cost and uncertainty of litigation, and relieving the City of the considerable cost and burden of continuing to care for the sized dogs, and recognizing that Upton’s Facility currently is in compliance with the Revised Code.”

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