Everybody’s talking puppy mills
Playing catch-up today after spending much of Wednesday focused on an appointment with one of our rescued greyhounds, at a North Carolina specialty clinic. She is a cancer survivor and last year had surgery to remove part of her lower jaw, due to an osteosarcoma.
JoJo’s checkup came out pretty good. We hope she will continue to battle this terrible cancer, one racing greyhounds face more than any other breed of dog.
But anyway, I’m back at the keyboard this morning with a lot of news to report. The Pack News wire is filled with links to stories related to various topics. We’ll look into the latest puppy mill news first.
A really good letter to the editor posted Wednesday on STLtoday.com calls on the Missouri Governor to be brave and veto the bill overturn Proposition B.
Quote – “” I hope that Governor Nixon will decide, if he is called on, that his legacy on this issue will not be forgetable, but rather brave. “”
And the writer rightfully calls the information being put forth by proponents of gutting Prop B – “” “cool-headed” nonsense. “” I like that phrase.
The Salt Lake County Council in Utah has somewhat weakened its breeding regulations after an outcry from local breeders.
What were the rules that these breeders thought were so bad? The Salt Lake Tribune reports – “The measure requires breeders to protect their dogs from inclement weather, provide annual health examinations and keep detailed breeding records.”
So they weren’t protecting their dogs from inclement weather or providing them annual health exams or keeping detailed breeding records? If they were already following these guidelines, they were doing the right thing. So why not bring other breeders up these reasonable standards?
This one’s important, so I’m gonna put it in bold type – Do these breeders and breeder organizations realize – and does the media in general realize – that when breeding groups speak out basic minimum requirement that protect dogs, it suggests they don’t want to meet these minimum requirements.
In stating that they don’t want to want to be held of a standard of protecting their puppies from bad weather or to offer them regular vet care or keep breeding records, it is sending a strong message to everyone that these breeders are operating under substandard practices.
Good breeders will look at these regulations and say, ‘No worries. I already do this stuff. Why aren’t other breeders doing it?’
But the Salt Lake Tribune article includes this – “” After outcry from the breeder community, however, the county decided to tweak the rules to better recognize, and reward, responsible breeders who are taking caring of their animals. “”
Oh brother. Will logic ever seep into government? Responsible breeders who are taking care of their animals are already meeting these requirements.
So what does the city council want to do? Instead of requiring a permit every year, it wants to go with a five-year permit for breeders who are connected with the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club or other “breeding organization that adheres to a code of ethics.”
These connections, in and of themselves, does not guarantee a breeder is not a puppy mill. Just check your local classified section or on the Internet to see there are puppy millers hiding behind breed registry labels.