‘Morbidly obese,’ caged black bear removed from Pa. sportsmen’s club on Monday, PETA says

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A morbidly obese black bear is on his way to an animal sanctuary after being removed from a sportsmen’s club in Pennsylvania on Monday where he was “forced to live on hard concrete and denied adequate veterinary care,” PETA said in a release.

Dillan, the black bear, was officially taken from his cage at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Millmont, Pa. just days after actor Alec Baldwin sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf asking him to intervene. 

PETA, shorthand for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also started a campaign pushing for Dillan’s freedom, which included a billboard, television and radio ads, and sending the roadside zoo bags of coal for Christmas. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was also sent several complaints, uring them to close the club.

“We also submitted complaints to the USDA that included photos and video footage documenting that Dillan continued to suffer from hair loss, irritated skin, and morbid obesity as well as broken teeth, discolored gums, and significant gum recession,” PETA said, “which are evidence of painful, advanced dental disease.” 

Dillan still has a long road to recovery ahead, but at least he’ll be making that recovery at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

If you’re interested in Dillan’s journey, follow along with PETA for updates here.

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