Pack Topics: Dog fighting, puppy mills and animal cruelty

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More news off the Pack News Wire:

Dog Fighting: Two New York State men have been charged with animal cruelty for staging dog fights in their homes. With this news, New City Patch is reporting state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) has “renewed his call to strengthen New York State’s laws” to protect animals.

“Animal cruelty cannot be tolerated in any forms, said Senator Carlucci in the Patch story. “This has become a national phenomenon but make no mistake about it, we will take decisive action at the state level to enable our law enforcement to go after the worst abusers of this practice.”

For that statement, Carlucci earns a Pack of Justice Award.

The article also notes Carlucci co-sponsored legislation back in 2011 to criminalize attending a dog fight, as a “misdemeanor punishable for a period not to exceed one year, or by a fine of up to $1,000, or both.”  And he supported legislation that became law in 2012 that bans these evil people from “owning, selling or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia used for the intent of animal fighting.”

I will have to say that these acts should be felonies, with serious prison time involved.

Puppy Mills: A county in Washington State is struggling to shut down puppy mills in the region.

The Daily News article included the following important paragraph on a puppy-mill raid from three years ago: “” Many of the 157 Pomeranians and Labradors at Albert, Sandra and Theresa Hahns’ Rockridge Road property were sick or malnourished. Dozens were housed in stacked crates in the Hahns’ “dark, poorly ventilated and filthy” home, where the smell of ammonia burned inspectors’ eyes and feces covered nearly every surface, according to investigative reports. “”

The breeder’s parents are still breeding dogs.

An ordinance there now limits breeders to 50 breeding dogs. But the problems continue and more needs to be done. Stronger penalties and stronger regulations would help greatly. One breeder was found to have been slaughtering horses to feed his dogs.

Animal Cruelty Legislation: Measure 5 in North Dakota, if passed by vote on November 6, would elevate acts of animal cruelty to a Class C felony. It specifically targets cruel acts against dogs, cats and horses.

An editorial on the Bismarck Tribune website calls for a no vote on the measure, largely because it does not cover farm animals or hunting. That would be better. But I don’t want dogs, cats and horses to suffer in the meantime. A step in the right direction is better than no step at all.