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.