OFF THE LEASH


With BCBC Founder Michelle Serocki

Have you ever really thought about what motivates you to wake up in the morning and stumble out of bed? For me it’s coffee and my kids. For Michelle Serocki, it’s helping dogs in need. Twenty years ago, she might not have imagined that her days would consist of tackling such a feat but today that is exactly what she does. “I started the Brew City Bully Club after years of difficult ownership of my Pit Bull-type dog. People crossing the street out of fear and yelling obscenities. Dealing with discrimination from both the general public and the business world,” says Serocki. These experiences opened up a whole new world of “abuse, neglect, overpopulation and dogfighting”. Serocki not only runs the BCBC, she also is an animal control officer at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. “I was also very interested in having the first hand knowledge and experience of the day to day operations at MADACC. I wanted to know first hand about the volume of animals, the types of animals and the situations they were coming from,” Serocki explains.

What is a typical day like for you? I don't think there is such a thing as a typical day. I work 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift depending on what's needed for MADACC. I work for BCBC whenever I'm not working for MADACC. And fit family and friends in the cracks.  

How often do you see dogs coming in from dog fighting situations? Not often at all. Dogfighting isn't a huge problem in the Milwaukee area. I've been trying to educate people of this fact for years. People unfortunately want the drama and a sensational story.

What are these dogs like? Are they able to be adopted or rehabilitated? All dogs are individuals. Some dogs can't come back from abuse - some seem like they could care less. Some starved dogs are food aggressive - some don't care who's face is in their bowl. Some dogs show no signs of every being fought - others can't let it go. Each and every dog needs to be evaluated as an individual dog WITHOUT regard to their back story - which is typically 100 percent fabricated.  

What kind of cases do you see most often? As an ACO I remove animals from their current situation, take them to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and place them in a kennel where they're surrounded by unfamiliar animals. Most animals come from situations where their owner couldn't care for them, and most in average, normal condition.  

What would you like to share with the public? Oh my gosh, where would I begin? I do a 5-hour seminar and only get to share a tiny bit of what I'd like to with the public. What's most important for Fetch readers to know... probably that we all need to slow down, stop judging and find compassion. Never ever stop educating yourself. Don't believe what you read or hear until you've checked into it (not even this story - email me personally if you have questions) Back stories are just that - made up stories. Embrace the fact that Milwaukee isn't the worst place in the world for animals and that should be a GOOD thing. All animals are individuals.


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