AM News Pack: Topics – puppy mills, animal cruelty, shelters

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ONE – A North Carolina dog breeder got off easy Thursday with a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to 104 charges of misdemeanor cruelty to animals in Lenoir, NC. His punishment – three years of unsupervised probation and a $100 fine and $360 in court costs.

He will also not be allowed to buy or sell animals during the three years of probation.

This light sentencing in animal-cruelty cases need to end. I don’t understand how – on the 0ne hand – his ban on selling or buying animals – is limited to three years. The Hickory Daily Record reported – “” The seized dogs required treatment for a host of health issues related to neglect. Vets have treated many of the dogs for eye, ear and dental problems – conditions common in puppy mills. “”

The newspaper reported 276 dogs were seized during the raid on the property. The penalty should have been more severe and ban set the for the rest of his life.

TWO – The writer of a letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun is upset that too many front-page stories are running about animals and wants society to “stop wasting money on animal cruelty.”

We’ve heard this argument before. Some people continue to suggest we rank society’s ills and totally ignore anything not ranked at the top of their list. Can’t we speak out against all atrocities and multitask against them?

THREE – A group of staffers from the Animal Welfare League of Coombabah in Australia will be camping out with dogs at the shelter. The event is a fundraiser, but it is also gives the staff members a opportunity to experience what the dogs experience at the shelter.

FOUR – A California woman has pleaded no contest to animal-cruelty charges after an off-duty animal control officer observed her dragging a cocker spaniel by a rope behind her truck – for two miles . The dog had a rope tied around its neck and the officer saw it jump out of the bed of the truck before starting a frantic chase to stop the driver.

The director of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control was quoted by the LA Times as saying this was one of the “more agonizing animal cruelty and neglect cases in recent memory.”