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PA: Dog Laws Helping To Shut Down Puppy Mills

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    PA Dog Laws Helping To Shut Down Puppy Mills
    Friday, June 11, 2010

    HARRISBURG (AP) -- An overhaul of Pennsylvania's dog laws has put a serious dent in the state's reputation as the "Puppy Mill of the East."

    Officials say a two-year-old law has driven most commercial breeders out of business. Scores of substandard kennels have opted to close, instead of comply with strict new health and safety standards. That frees at least 14,000 dogs from bleak conditions where they got little attention.

    Breeders who've stayed in business have spent tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade their kennels.

    News-Regional
     
  2. simms

    simms Good Dog

    Like these facility's or not. But this type of legistlation leads to your own back yard. if you breed don't support puppy mill laws.
     
  3. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    I know lots of good breeders who feel the same way. But I want those mills gone.
     
  4. simms

    simms Good Dog

    I don't like them either. But it is enough to impose the cruelty laws that exsist on the books.

    ---------- Post added at 05:46 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:25 PM ----------

    This came across my e-mail toady.

    URL: http://tinyurl. com/24d73sb

    Lehigh County dog breeder, AKC judge cited for license violations
    A Lehigh County dog breeder and American Kennel Club judge was cited by the state for operating a kennel without a license.
    Dog wardens, acting on an anonymous tip, found 69 dogs and puppies on the Coopersburg property of attorney M. J. Cohen on Monday. Records show Cohen also sold 37 puppies since January.
    State law requires anyone keeping or transferring more than 25 dogs in a year to have a kennel license.
    "Evading the law only creates more problems for people when they are caught," said Jessie Smith, special deputy secretary for the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. "The law applies to everyone, regardless of their intention. It is best for those wishing to operate a kennel in Pennsylvania to apply for the appropriate license and continue to stay in compliance."
    They also cited him for not possessing individual licenses. Cohen was unable to provide wardens with proof of rabies vaccinations.
    "He told wardens they were with his veterinarian and they will follow up," said Department of Agriculture spokesman Justin Fleming.
    Cohen was issued a cease and desist order under the new Dog Law statute prohibiting him from euthanizing, buying or selling any dogs.
    Smith said additional charges may be filed related to the conditions at Cohen's kennel.
    "While the conditions were not terrible, there were questions about inadequate cage size that are being reviewed," said Fleming.
    Cohen breeds Great Danes at his Thor-Kourt Kennel and has been judging show dogs for at least 12 years.
     
  5. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    Couldn't agree more with simms. A lot of places don't even need you to be selling dogs to have to comply with the rules. If you have a lot of dogs,breed occasionally and give them away it can easily affect you as the aim of these laws is to keep tabs on people and not so much the welfare of the animals.
     
  6. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    Don't forget that a lot of these laws include the ability of local law enforcement or designated agencies (H$U$ and PETA, anyone?) to come into the home and onto the property of anyone who applies for a kennel/breeding license at any time for any reason.

    If I were a lawyer and knew that applying for a license would in effect throw away my unreasonable search rights, I wouldn't apply either!
     
  7. simms

    simms Good Dog

    These orgs humane groups don't care about your rights LOL. If they suspect anything that may be in violation of a "law" they can will and have come into ppls homes with police tactical swat teams.
     

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