Judge issues hefty fine on Chelsea Kennel Club for selling sick animals, new report shows Nebraska Department of Agriculture routinely ignores puppy mill suffering

October 20, 2020

Judge issues hefty fine on Chelsea Kennel Club for selling sick animals, new report shows Nebraska Department of Agriculture routinely ignores puppy mill suffering

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has imposed a remarkable $3.9 million in fines on the now-closed Chelsea Kennel Club and its former owner, found liable for pushing sick puppies upon an unsuspecting public, and ordered them to set up a restitution fund for the consumers the pet store betrayed. This penalty without precedent is a direct outcome of the HSUS investigation at the New York City store in 2017.

In the meantime, we continue to bring the heat on puppy mills throughout the country, and a new investigative report released this month by the Nebraska Ombudsman’s Office suggests that there’s more work to be done in that state.

Five years ago, our annual Horrible Hundred report on problem puppy mills identified 14 Nebraska breeders. In 2020, the same report listed just three puppy millers from the state. One might assume that the state has done a great job of bringing greater pressure to bear against puppy mill cruelty, but the opposite is true. Nebraska doesn’t appear to have many problem puppy mills because it’s failing to enforce the law and issue citations to scofflaws.

Deputy Ombudsman Carl Eskridge’s detailed report presented the results of a 20-month-long investigation sparked by a complaint from a whistleblower employed by Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture. The employee claimed the department routinely ignored violations of the state’s Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act, leaving animals to suffer in cruel conditions, and often failed to refer complaints of abuse and neglect to county authorities for possible criminal prosecution.

The employee, Rick Herchenbach, a Nebraska animal inspector for nearly forty years, also claims the department took retaliatory action against him.

The 120-page report lists a number of examples of violations by puppy mills and a number of entities casting themselves as “rescue” operations. The Omaha World-Herald described a “particularly difficult inspection attempt” the whistleblowing employee conducted involving multiple complaints over the course of a year of an unlicensed operator, Trifecta Bullies Kennel.

Herchenbach told investigators that he got little support from his agency on that inspection and felt traumatized by the incident because the owners were belligerent and angry and blocked his attempt to leave, with law enforcement officials having to intervene. Some months later, after the owners had ostensibly vacated the property after eviction (but may have been temporarily continuing to use it), Herchenbach reported that he found “deplorable” conditions, including “piles of fresh feces, indicating that dogs were recently inside the garage.” On the basis of what he observed there, urine-soaked floors, a foul odor, piles of trash and clutter, and evidence of mice and rats, Herchenbach concluded that the dogs had not been treated humanely and were still at risk. By then, the owners were moving with “dogs and puppies from motel to motel in violation of regulations. Inspectors had difficulty observing the dogs, and what they did see were bad conditions.”

The neglect of their duties by those charged with protecting animals under the authority of a government agency, wherever and whenever it occurs, is a failure in the systems of oversight and protection we are building to make this world a better one for animals. Right now, it’s a big problem at the state and federal levels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has seen a dramatic decline in enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act since 2016; in fact, the agency hasn’t revoked a single dog breeder license, or levied a significant fine on a dog breeder, for years. In 2016, the USDA documented 2,451 separate violations at pet breeder facilities. By the end of 2019, that number had dropped to just 896 documented violations—more than a third of which were violations for failure to let inspectors onto the premises at all.

Until we can be sure that dogs and cats raised for the pet trade are safe and living in well-regulated, clean and comfortable conditions, we will continue to advise dog lovers never to buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site, because cruel puppy mills are too often the source of supply. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s failure to enforce breeder and rescue standards currently in place is an alarming demonstration of the problem, and the ombudsman’s rebuke is an encouraging development. The department needs to enforce Nebraska’s applicable laws, which have been on the books for two decades, to address and correct problems it identifies, and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the referral and prosecution of criminal complaints where warranted.

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38 dogs found dead on Toronto-bound flight from Ukraine

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating after dozens of dogs were found dead or sick on a flight from Ukraine at a Toronto airport.

Approximately 500 puppies landed at Pearson International Airport last Saturday, according to the agency. Thirty-eight were found dead on arrival, and many others were dehydrated, weak or vomiting.

“CFIA officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and will determine next steps once the investigation is complete,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

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In a Facebook post Friday, Ukraine International Airlines apologized for the “tragic loss of animal life” on one of its flights.

“UIA is working with local authorities to determine what happened and to make any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from occurring again.”

The airline did not immediately respond to questions about the incident or its policies for transporting animals.

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Canadian branch of Humane Society International, called on authorities to get to the bottom of how so many puppies were transported at such high temperatures, possibly in violation of industry animal safety standards.

“It raises a lot of questions. And I definitely think the Canadian public wants answers to these questions,” said Aldworth.

“Responsible airlines will not transfer transport animals in extreme heat, because they know there is a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and even suffocation.

“And I would question what airline has the capacity to put 500 dogs on one plane.”

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Aldworth said the circumstances bear all the hallmarks of a puppy mill.

“My organization has been working for more than a decade to shut down puppy mills in Canada. And we are devastated to see that animals continue to be imported from equally horrific facilities in other parts of the world into this country,” she said.

“People are looking for (pets) on the internet, they’re buying sight unseen, and they’re importing cruelty into this country when we have so much of it to deal with right here at home.”

The CFIA spokesperson said the agency has rigorous standards for the importation of animals to Canada to prevent the spread of disease.

Penalties for failing to meet these requirements can include removal of the animal, fines or legal action, the spokesperson said.

Federal regulations also prohibit carriers from transporting animals in a way that would cause injury or undue suffering, the spokesperson added.

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Michael Gove’s puppy-farm ban shows he gets the politics of pets | Animal welfare

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Michael Gove with police dog Finn: ‘Gove has pledged tougher sanctions against anyone who attacked service dogs or horses.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
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Is the environment secretary pandering to sentimentality – or on to the fact that our understanding of animals is changing?

Thu 23 Aug 2018 01.00 EDT

Ever since Michael Gove inadvertently found himself on the wrong side of a row over animal sentience at the end of last year, he has been all over animal welfare with the uninhibited enthusiasm of a python preparing its dinner. His latest move is a bid to stamp out the hideous cruelty of puppy farming by introducing a ban on the sale of kittens and puppies in pet shops. In future, would-be pet owners will have to go direct to the breeder or (so much better) to a pet-homing charity.

The Mirror, which has run an energetic campaign calling for the ban, is thrilled. Earlier this year, Battersea Dogs Home was equally chuffed when the environment secretary promised tougher sentences for animal cruelty, and the Express has only just got its breath back from cheering Gove on after he posed with Finn, the police dog who nearly died protecting its handler, and pledged tougher sanctions against anyone who attacked service dogs or horses. True, he has been persuaded that a total ban on electric collars for dogs and cats, used for restraint and training, might have the unintended consequence of leading to more pets dying on the road, but the direction of travel is unmistakable: in a world polarised by Brexit, pets can be the new politics.

I’m obviously not accusing Gove of cynicism. He is a pet lover himself. He has a dog, Snowy, who came second in a Westminster pet show a few years back, and reportedly a cat too (he looks more of a cat person than a dog person to me).

Britons are famously fond of animals and, with obvious exceptions like the hunting ban and the badger cull, their welfare is more often a question that unites than divides people, even politicians. When Labour recently announced a policy to prevent landlords banning tenants from keeping pets, the party was shrewdly revisiting an issue that was last aired when the Tories used it as an argument for giving social housing tenants the right to buy their council houses in the 1970s. Cats or dogs, house rabbits or rats, in a world where far too many people feel lonely, our pets are (usually) easefully uncomplicated and generously predisposed to love, even if only until the food is in the bowl.

But I wonder if there’s more to Gove’s new concern for animals than the normal politician’s desire for conspicuous ordinariness. Perhaps it is more, even, than a hasty reaction to the power of social media to generate a storm-force grievance that Gove experienced during the Brexit bill, when the government appeared to deny that animals are sentient. Maybe he has realised that the understanding of the relative place of human and other animal life is undergoing a transformation that is of a quite different order to the boom in small-animal vets and the rise and rise of shops selling stuff for pets.

The ethicist Peter Singer first published Animal Liberation in 1975. As is the way with radical ideas, its influence has slowly rippled out over the intervening 40 years, until it no longer seems wacky to question the universal privileging of humans over all other animals. His argument that animals should be part of the equation when considering the greatest good for the greatest number is finally beginning to seep into public attitudes.

The trend is reinforced by new work on animal intelligence, not least by Singer’s fellow Australian philosopher, Peter Godfrey-Smith, whose whole outlook was transformed by coming eyeball to eyeball with a cuttlefish. Scientists in New Zealand have discovered that octopuses can work out how to turn off a light, showing they do not just react to their environment, but try to shape it. We have the glimmering of an understanding of the social life of humpback whales. Elephants have a clear enough sense of their own bodies to realise they cannot complete the task of handing over a stick tied to a mat without stepping off the mat.

It is one of the most basic purposes of education to convey an understanding of other worlds in time and space – to realise that there are different, equally valid ways of ordering the world, and that they change over time. But comprehending that creatures as obviously different from us as elephants, or whales or cuttlefish, can still share with us a pleasure in society, a capacity to learn, perhaps even a moral sense – attributes we are accustomed to considering uniquely human – is a great dislocating jolt to our sense of the order of things.

Of course, it’s one thing to be entranced by an octopus working out a puzzle and quite another to abandon meat-eating altogether. Most of us live in complacent denial of the nastiness of the life of a factory-farmed animal. All the same, hearing whales sing to one another must make you at least think twice about the plump breast of a battery-reared hen. The knowledge of one, after such a period of ignorance about it, begins slowly to influence our attitude to the other.

Michael Gove might merely be pandering to the sentimentality of a group of voters who, some poll evidence suggests, are also likely to be Brexiters. It is not impossible to imagine that he has spotted a two-fer advantage in being pro-pet: after the furore over animal sentience (and the bizarre pledge in the Conservative manifesto last year to raise the possibility of re-legalising hunting) he is simply trying to neutralise a vulnerability, while promoting himself on a non-party issue at the same time. But he may be one of the first mainstream politicians on to a much more fundamental and lasting shift, one that will transform the way we think about the other animals we share the planet with.

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Petition: No to the puppy mills in China

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The animals live confined in small cages, surrounded by their own faeces and urine. These places are true dog factories where they give birth until they die, while living a horrible life. The animals suffer a horrible life and end up with mental illnesses that cause them to be constantly turning in their small cages, hitting each other.

Dogs are poorly fed, almost never leave their cages and when they do it is only to be used to impregnate or leave pregnant females, and when they do not serve them anymore, they are killed or abandoned because they are no longer profitable.

Do not condemn dogs to a life of agony, suffering and pain. It is our duty to do something to be respected and their lives saved.

And remember that these places exist because there are people who buy pets, so ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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Breaking! 160 Samoyed Dogs Rescued From “Inhumane” Puppy Mill In Northern Iowa – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
November 14, 2018

Many beautiful Samoyed dogs were rescued from an ugly situation that unraveled earlier this week. More than 160 dogs were found in a breeding facility in inhumane conditions near the north-central border of Iowa and Minnesota.
According to the ASPCA, the dogs are currently receiving medical exams and undergoing behavior evaluations at an undisclosed temporary shelter.
“We received many inquiries from people expressing interest in adopting these animals and we ask for their patience as these animals are considered evidence in an active case,” Sheriff Dan Fank with the Worth County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The investigation was set into motion by the Sheriff’s Office several months ago when local animal welfare groups became aware of the breeder’s inability to properly care for her animals and alerted local authorities to investigate the matter.
Sadly, many of the rescued dogs were found living in overcrowded conditions and “filthy dilapidated kennels” in below freezing temperatures, exhibiting signs of neglect. Several cats that were reportedly found on the property were also suffering from severe neglect.

“Our priority is to get these animals much-needed medical care and treatment and continue to support the Worth County Sheriff’s Office with their case,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We appreciate the overwhelming support from the public and plan to help the Sheriff’s Office seek suitable placement options once disposition is determined and give animal lovers an opportunity to give these animals loving homes.”
The Samoyed, also known as “Sammies” are friendly, smart, social dogs, that thrive with love and attention.

Animal neglect charges are pending based on evidence collected by ASPCA experts in support of the investigation.
The following agencies are supporting the ASPCA in the field and with their sheltering operations: Animal Rescue League of Iowa; Companion Animal Practices North America; Dubuque Regional Humane Society; Humane Society of North Iowa; Humane Society of Scott County; Nebraska Humane Society; Veterinary Centers of America (VCA); and Wichita Animal Action League

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Breaking! Urgent Help Needed For More Than 100 Small Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill In Tennessee – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 10, 2018

Photos from Rhea County Animal Shelter
In what is being called “the worst puppy mill situation they have ever seen,” animal control officers and a local shelter rescued more than 100 Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and other “designer” breed small dogs from a home in Rhea County, Tennessee.
“These poor animals have known nothing but living in their own filth and darkness. These conditions are extreme and medical attention is needed for ALL of these animals. As of right now we cannot release any personal details of this case,” the Rhea County Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page yesterday along with numerous heartbreaking photos of the poor and severely neglected animals. “If you can please donate to help with this case we are looking at thousands of dollars in medical expenses!”

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he organization also issued a plea for help from animal rescues and volunteers to help place and process the dogs.
Fortunately, the compassionate community responded, but this situation remains crucial.

“It literally took 12 hours from a phone call about a welfare check to all of the animals being processed and cleared from the shelter,” noted an update posted last night which expressed its appreciation for everyone that helped in the large-scale rescue effort. “ALL animals that were placed in foster care tonight will begin vetting first thing in the morning! All animals will be spayed and neutered and fully vetted before they are available for adoption. All animals were cleared by our veterinarian before they left with their foster. We take this situation VERY seriously and only have the animals’ best interest at heart and will work closely with our veterinarian over the next few days to assess the rest of the animals we have in our care.”
“PLEASE CALL OR MESSAGE US IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANY WAY. THESE ANIMALS NEED YOU!”
The phone number for the Rhea County Animal Shelter is (423) 775-2029.
Checks can be made payable to ASA of Rhea and mailed to: 9118 Back Valley Road, Evensville, TN, 37332.
Financial donations to the Rhea County Animal Shelter to help care for the rescued dogs can be made https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-urgent-help-needed-for-more-than-100-small-dogs-rescued-from-puppy-mill-in-tennessee/

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Petition · East Tennessee Humane Society: SHUT DOWN PUPPY ZONE · Change.org

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Caitlin White started this petition to East Tennessee Humane Society and 14 others
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https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/former-west-knoxville-puppy-store-employee-makes-claims-about-animals-health/792723403

https://hannahmoulton.atavist.com/hidden-practices-of-puppy-zone9dscx

IF you still need some convincing, please look me up on Facebook (Caitlin Danielle White) and you will see a ton of articles, posts, etc to further show the INJUSTICE these animals are enduring

I’ll start this by posting a link of a story that has ALREADY made it to our local news channel about this place. Then I will post ANOTHER article that furthers my point. For YEARS, I have heard negative story after negative story. I have never, not ONCE hear a positive outcome from Puppy Zone in Knoxville, Tennessee. Former employees and volunteers have told countless HORROR stories of feeding puppies bleach, puppies being drugged, improper care or puppies, etc.. on top of the fact that these dogs are the products of puppy mills and are sold at an outstanding rate. The percentage of survival for adopted puppies at Puppy Zone is somewhere south of 50%.

YET SOMEHOW, this business is STILL running. You walk in to lethargic puppies who are barely responsive in cribs with cage floors. One woman walked in with her daughter to find a DEAD PUPPY recently. This was the final straw. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. This is inhumane and sickening. Please help me in shutting down the worst excuse of a business I have ever seen. Help me save these puppies and pray that God will save their souls.

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petition: Does Your State Still Allow Puppy Mills?

by: Care2 Team
target: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Ha

36,521 SUPPORTERS – 40,000 GOAL
Filthy cages, extreme temperatures, maggot-infested food, dirty water, emaciated dogs, and dogs covered in feces. Step into a puppy mill, and that’s the heartbreaking sight you’ll see, according to The Humane Society of the United States’ most recent Horrible Hundred report.

“Puppy mills” or “pet mills” refer to commercial breeders that force animals to continuously produce more and more young to feed the pet trade. Unfortunately, many of the animals end up in shelters and being euthanized.

Despite the horrific conditions in pet mills across the country, only two states – California and Maryland – have banned pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeders. That means 48 states still allow these horrible places to exist.

Puppies and kittens don’t deserve this inhumane treatment. We need to take a stand and end this despicable practice now.

Does your state still allow puppy mills? Sign now to demand that it bans puppy mills for good!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/423/052/971/

 

petition: Giving Puppy Mills Advance Notice of Inspections Will Let Them Hide Abuse

by: Laura G
target: Bernadette Juarez, deputy administrator of animal care, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
47,751 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

Instead of surprising puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities with animal welfare inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a pilot program in which it will also conduct announced inspections.

Giving the operators of puppy mills and other facilities advance notice of these inspections will give them plenty of time to hide sick and dying animals, clean up dirty areas and otherwise cover up violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

According to a letter sent to these facilities in April 2018 by the deputy administrator of animal care at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, one of the benefits of announced inspections is they enable facilities to choose the “optimal hours” to be inspected. How exactly is that beneficial to the welfare of animals?

The USDA needs to continue, as it has done for decades, to only conduct surprise animal welfare inspections of puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities. Please sign and share this petition telling the agency to cancel the announced inspections pilot program.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/590/994/694/

 

Petition: Ban the Sale of Puppies by Pet Shops & all Commercial 3rd Party Dealers.

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Petition Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

A ban on third-party sales for profit has been named “Lucy’s law”and has huge public support. There are no welfare advantages in selling puppies through commercial dealers, which make sure breeding dogs are kept hidden from the public. As well as welfare concerns, third-party sales create additional risk for consumers and public health / safety. Puppy sales direct from breeder or rescue centre protects all parties. A band on dealing in puppies for profit can only raise welfare standards and is needed now.

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Petition · U.S. Senate: Put An End To Puppy Mills! · Change.org


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How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills | One Green Planet

How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills

Kathleen Summers, HSUS
June 4, 2017 

Sixty million people suffer from asthma or allergies and allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It’s understandable that a family thinking about getting a puppy would be concerned about the potential reaction in children or other family members who have allergies. But too many parents think that buying a hypoallergenic puppy is the panacea. Responsible breeders and humane organizations alike are concerned about the hype.

Because allergies are different for every person, “hypoallergenic” or “nonallergenic” dogs don’t necessarily exist. All dogs can carry outside allergens inside on their coats and a breed that can be tolerated by one individual may not have the same effect on another.
The Myth of Hypoallergenic

A study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “there is no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds being hypoallergenic.” Many national breed clubs agree and dislike seeing dogs deliberately cross-bred just to follow a trend. The Labradoodle was one of the first hybrid dogs marketed to the public as hypoallergenic, presumably because poodles do not shed, but instead have hair that must be trimmed. The Labradoodle was soon followed by Yorki-poos, Malti-poos and almost any other breed crossed with a poodle. But the parent clubs for both poodles and many other breeds agree that the hype is a problem.

The Poodle Club of America asserts that so-called designer mixed breeds are a marketing ploy for irresponsible breeders to sell puppies for highly inflated prices. Responsible breeders do not practice breeding purebreds together to produce “designer dogs.” The Labrador Retriever Club even states on its website that “a Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive crossbred. Because the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador genes, the resultant first generation offspring is a complete genetic gamble … Indeed Labradoodles do shed.”

Why then do so many puppy-selling websites offer “hypoallergenic” puppies? Puppy mills are irresponsible dog breeding operations that churn out large numbers of puppies with little regard to their health or quality. Due to their focus on profit over welfare, puppy mills are eager to cash in on any popular breed or trend – such as “designer” mixes and consumer desires for tinier and tinier pups.
What About Teacups?

Another trend that grates on the nerves of responsible breeders is the interest in “pocket,” “micro” or “teacup” varieties of certain breeds. Teacup puppies are deliberately bred to be much tinier than the norm, which often results in frail and unhealthy puppies. According to The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s website, the club’s code of ethics “precludes the use of the words ‘teacup,’ ‘tiny specialists,’ ‘doll faces,’ or similar terminology by its members, and for good reason. All breeders may occasionally have an unusually small Yorkie, though no responsible breeder breeds for this trait.” The club also confirms that tiny dogs “are extremely susceptible to both hereditary and non-hereditary health problems, including birth defects that may go undetected for a long time.”

The Chihuahua Club of America (COAA) agrees, adding that micro-size dogs are not any more valuable than standard size Chihuahuas, which are already quite small. “Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard – are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years,” according to the club’s website. “The CCOA is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not, and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.”

Irresponsible breeders “risk the overall health and wonderful distinguishing breed characteristics that responsible breeders have worked long and hard to preserve” when they breed solely for size, according to the American Shih Tzu Club. The club’s website goes on to state that “the same is true of ‘breeders’ who deliberately cross-breed two different AKC-recognized breeds to create what they call ‘designer dogs.’”
The Better Option

There are many topics that responsible breeders and humane organizations don’t always agree on, but this is one issue upon which both groups concur. Allergy-prone families who are seeking a puppy should visit a shelter or a responsible breeder in-person and interact with both puppies and adult dogs. But above all, don’t be swayed by marketing hype into buying an overpriced puppy from a puppy mill. Responsible breeders don’t need marketing hype to sell dogs.

Is There a Puppy Mill in Your Neighborhood? This Report Can Tell You | One Green Planet

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Petition · Demand that the USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database · Change.org


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Petition: Support a Ban on the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs at Pet Stores


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Petition · Let the Alabama Legislature Know: Demand an End to Puppy Mills Across Alabama · Change.org


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Petition · Ireland Department of Housing : Improve conditions in Irish puppy farms · Change.org


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Justice for Over 100 Starved Dogs in Reported Puppy Mill

Over 100 dogs were found starved and neglected in an alleged puppy mill. The owner reportedly kept them in disease-ridden conditions and did not attend to their wounds. Demand justice for these innocent dogs.

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End Puppy Mills by Demanding Pet Shops Only Sell Rescue Animals

 

A bill requiring dog breeders to be registered doesn’t go far enough to address animal overpopulation or protect dogs in puppy farms. Urge authorities to ban the sale of animals that don’t come from shelters or rescues.

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Petition · Ban puppy mills in the US · Change.org

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Dogs Allegedly Bred in Horrible Conditions Deserve Justice

 

 

 

Dogs were allegedly bred in a small apartment laden with fecal matter and rats before being sold to unsuspecting citizens. Demand the person responsible be given a harsh legal sentence for committing this deplorable crime.

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petition: Arizona: Don’t Support Puppy Mills

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PETITION UPDATE · 400 dogs at risk – please help! · Change.org

 

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Puppy Mill Mother So Scared She Hides Her Puppies In The Wall

Puppy Mill Mother So Scared She Hides Her Babies In The Wall
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By Elizabeth Claire AlbertsFeb. 05, 2016

In the middle of the night in late January, 2016, two women snuck into a puppy mill in a remote area of New South Wales, Australia.

Debra Tranter and her co-investigator had visited this same puppy farm in 2015 to find dogs living in squalor. Mother dogs at the site were in poor health as they were forced to pump out endless litters. Tranter, founder of the Australian anti-puppy mill group Oscar’s Law, documented these horrible conditions and handed the evidence to the RSPCA. The footage prompted authorities to seize 16 dogs in urgent need of veterinary care, and to issue the puppy mill operators a notice to comply with animal welfare standards. But when Tranter and her colleague arrived at the puppy mill for the second time, they found that things had actually gotten worse.

Inside a dilapidated shed, dogs were crammed into rat-infested pens with dirt floors and no bedding, Tranter said. She could see that the dogs had been chewing on the wood and wires of their cages out of boredom and frustration. The only water available was filthy and covered in green slime, and the entire place stank of urine and feces. When one dog barked, the others joined in, creating a deafening cacophony of sound.

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One dog in particular caught Tranter’s attention. A female beagle cowered in the corner of her filthy enclosure and stared at Tranter with wide, suspicious eyes. Tranter stooped down to film the female dog, then turned to leave the area. That’s when Tranter heard a puppy cry.

“I immediately spun around and thought, where could puppies be?” she told The Dodo. “There was nothing in the pen except for a big wooden box. I knelt down and looked underneath that box, thinking it was the only place where dogs could be. But there was nothing.”

Tranter turned her video camera light off and sat on the ground to listen. When she heard the cry again, she started crawling around the pen until she noticed a piece of plaster loose on the wall. Tranter turned her camera light back on and shined it through the gap. There, inside the wall cavity, she discovered four wriggling beagle puppies squashed into the tiny space.

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“It was incredibly sad,” Tranter said. “This poor mother dog had to give birth on this filthy dirt floor, and had nowhere safe to put her puppies. She was surrounded by all these other barking dogs, so the mother had hidden her babies within the wall cavity because it was the only safe place.”

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Unfortunately, puppy mills are legal in the state of New South Wales in Australia — as they are in the U.S. and many other places in the world. While the New South Wales government has outlined animal welfare regulations, there is little or no enforcement. Not only that, but many puppy mills — like the one Tranter investigated — operate without a license. “They start up in these remote, rural areas,” she explained. “No one knows that they’re there until someone hears some noise and makes a complaint.”

Tranter estimates that there are approximately 200 puppy farms in New South Wales, which produce thousands of animals each year. Puppies are sold in pet stores and online shops for prices up to $2,000 per dog. Buyers are often told the dogs have been hand-raised in family homes, but nothing could be further from the truth. Dogs from puppy mills are riddled with health problems and tend to be psychologically traumatized after living in miserable conditions. In some cases, puppies die shortly after being purchased by their new owners, which is what happened to an English staffy named “Torro” in Western Australia, who died from bronchopneumonia nine days after being bought from a pet store.

The puppy mill situation in the U.S. isn’t much different. According to Last Chance for Animals, puppy mills need to be licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but the industry is poorly regulated. When puppy mill operators are found to be violating the animal cruelty laws, they can still remain open while they “remedy” their issues. Right now, there are thousands of puppy mills in the U.S., producing over two million puppies each year. This is a scary thought when you think about the nearly three million animals euthanized each year, according to the ASPCA.

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Yet Tranter is optimistic that things will change. In the Australian state of Victoria, profit-driven puppy mills are soon to be outlawed, and laws are expected to pass that will ban the sale of animals in pet shops. Tranter hopes the New South Wales government will pass similar legislation.

After discovering the beagle puppies in the wall cavity, Tranter had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave both the puppies and their mother behind so she wouldn’t be charged with theft. Yet Tranter is confident her photographs and videos will save these dogs’ lives.

“In my opinion, conditions were so bad, there were grounds to close the place down and get these dogs out,” Tranter said. “That’s what I was pinning my hopes on.”

If the dogs can be legally rescued by the authorities, Oscar’s Law has offered to pay for all veterinary bills and help find foster homes for the animals. Still, the dogs will have a long road to recovery. When Tranter rescued her miniature poodle, Oscar, from a puppy mill in Victoria, she said it took him many years to adjust to his new life.

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“At first, he was terrified of everything, like the phone ringing, or the TV or the toilet flushing,” Tranter said. “He had never been picked up or patted or walked or anything. He was a trembling little ball of mess.”

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Tranter spent many months carrying Oscar in her arms, where he felt safe and secure. Then, little by little, she started introducing Oscar to people and taking him for short walks outside. “As of today, he still has separation anxiety from me,” Tranter said. “If he can’t see me, he panics. But as long as he can see me, and he’s with me, he’s very confident.”

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Sign this petition to shut down puppy mills in New South Wales, and help save the lives of over 400 dogs.

Always adopt from an animal shelter or rescue group instead of buying a dog from a pet store. Please ask your elected officials to outlaw puppy mills in your state, and demand that the USDA enforce the Animal Welfare Act.

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Punish Puppy Mill That Allegedly Left Animals Out in the Cold

Punish Puppy Mill That Allegedly Left Animals Out in the Cold.

Dollars and Dogs: Film Explores Role of Money and Politics in Puppy Mills

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In "Dog By Dog," filmmaker Chris Grimes, turns his lens on commercial breeders, politicians and advocates - and at least one journalist to probe the question of how puppy mills continue to thrive despite overwhelming public opposition. (dogbydogdocumentary.com) In “Dog By Dog,” filmmaker Chris Grimes, turns his lens on commercial breeders, politicians and advocates – and at least one journalist to probe the question of how puppy mills continue to thrive despite overwhelming public opposition. (dogbydogdocumentary.com)

In a new documentary, set to be released this year, a Chicago filmmaker explores the role of money and politics in creating and supporting the nation’s puppy mill industry and thwarting efforts to improve conditions for thousands of breeding dogs who spend their lives in misery.

In “Dog By Dog,” filmmaker Chris Grimes, turns his lens on commercial breeders, politicians and advocates – and at least one journalist to probe the question of how puppy mills continue to thrive despite…

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