Today Show reports on AKC and puppy mills

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This one is huge. We are seeing more media coverage on puppy mills, but the national media needs to step up to the plate. The Today Show’s Jeff Rossen is one of the best right now at exposing all sorts of important news – all sorts of important wrongs.

Early today, his Rossen Reports segment focused on the American Kennel Club and how puppy mill breeders are being uncovered, who are AKC registered and inspected.

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During an interview, HSUS president Wayne Pacelle called an AKC registration, “Really just a piece of paper without any practical value to dog welfare.”

Rossen interviewed an AKC representative who said she does not know how many breeders are registered with the AKC. She couldn’t answer a question about the percentage of breeders who are inspected each year. She claims the AKC has conducted 55,000 inspections since the year 2000. That’s about 350 inspections per month for 13 years – with nine inspectors total for the entire country. Using the current claims and numbers, that comes to about 38 inspections per inspector per month.

So rounding down, that’s about one inspection per day, every day for nine inspectors.
The AKC promotes its inspection system as great. But the AKC is inspecting breeders who have a vested interest in not being shut down by the very organization the registration money for its puppies goes to.

And Rossen also notes animal-welfare groups’ concerns about the AKC’s effort to stop new breeding regulations from being enacted. The AKC does not want a system of inspections and it now continues go after legislation that limits the regulations to breeders with a minimum number of breeding dogs.
But these minimum numbers placed in the bills and laws are typically included by compromise, due to the concerns of others who oppose breeding regulations. So this argument is a catch-22 from the AKC.

Sure, animal lovers would love for the regulations to cover all breeders. But for example, the effort in North Carolina is a compromise measure. We have to take what we can get and we can’t NOT protect dogs in breeding operations with 10 or more females merely due to number crunching.
We need to protect as many dogs as possible as soon as possible.

This is why I am supporting the NC bill.

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Is the AKC changing its tune on puppy mills? – We’ll need proof

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In researching information about the new puppy mill legislation in North Carolina, I ran across the American Kennel Club’s statement concerning the bill. And then I found an editorial about the AKC from June of 2012, on the Global Animal website.

The AKC is actually supporting the animal care standards in NC House Bill 903. The bill’s provisions include required access to daily exercise; fresh food and water; veterinary care; preventative care; protection from extreme weather and better flooring for cages.

But the AKC is knocking the bill in regard to not covering breeders with fewer than 10 breeding females – in stating:

AKC believes that animal cruelty statutes should cover all dogs regardless of the number or reason owned.

But the problem is the AKC’s previous and consistent work in battling breeding regulations across the country. Global Animal went after the AKC’s efforts in an editorial posted on its website in June of last year.

The piece includes this statement:

According to Friends of Animals and multiple other animal welfare organizations, it’s estimated that up to 80% of the AKC’s annual income comes from puppy mills or “high volume breeders.”

I hope the AKC is changing and will really go after breeders who register their dogs with the group, but are actually nothing more than puppy mills. I will need to see positive actions that tell me the AKC is changing before I change my take.

Too often I’ve read where a puppy mill has been raided that was selling AKC registered puppies.

 

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AKC judge and dog breeder will not get his breeding dogs back

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This story is quite telling. Troy Clifford Dargin has been charged with 37 counts that include animal neglect and operating an illegal dog-breeding facility. Dargin is also reportedly a judge for the American Kennel Club.

A Pottawattamie County judge ruled this week that Dargin will not get his 19 shih-tzus back. The dogs were seized earlier this month from what is being called a puppy mill. In a WHOTV.com article, the director of the local animal control office was quoted as saying the dogs were “living in filth, feces and urine.”

The breeding operation was found in his parent’s garage. Did I mention this guy is reportedly an AKC judge? WHOTV.com also reports the local authorities note the accused “has a long history of illegal dog breeding.”

Did I mention he reportedly is an AKC judge?

 

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Writer agrees with me – big dog shows and popular breed lists are marketing tools

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I’m glad I ran across a column earlier today, headlined – “Beware: Westminster Dog Show Picks Will Also Become Puppy-Mill Favorites” – on the Opposing Views website.

Phyllis M Daugherty notes Westminster Dog Show this week comes on the heels of the release of the most popular dog breeds by the AKC. And it’s all marketing. And she rightfully notes puppy mills operators will be gearing up to sell puppies people see on the list and in the show.

So uniformed people will watch and then run to the web to look for breeders in their area or they’ll run out to a store to buy a puppy. And they’ll do this while millions of purebred dogs and mixed breeds are waiting in shelters or with rescue groups for new homes.

And it is the rescue dogs who are the greatest dogs in the world.

 

Pack Topic: Puppy Mills and a flip-flopping news story

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An editorial on the Headline News website rightfully compares the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds with the breeds typically found in puppy mills.

I do challenge one figure in the piece, where the claim is made that 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred. That may be true for actual shelters, but I feel it underestimates the number of purebred dogs looking for homes at any given time. A quick glance at the huge number of purebred rescue groups in the country tells the true tale.

In Virginia, a WTOP report posted Friday concerned a zoning board hearing, where a breeder was requesting approval to operate her kennel.

I wanted to post on this story because of all of the oddities in the text.

An investigator’s report noted some of the dogs at the kennel had scars and some were living in an unheated outbuilding and there was a strong odor of feces and urine. The investigator noted some of the dogs were “underweight, fearful/unsocialized.” But the same investigator is quoted as saying “It is not a cruelty case.” But she then flips the other way by saying “I consider it a puppy mill.”

WHAT? – Where was that going?

And with all of this in place, the article reports the breeder “” insists what she does isn’t a money-making operation, but a kennel dedicated to breeding quality dogs. “” So she doesn’t sell the dogs?

This thing is all over the place. Up is down and east is west. It’s crazy.