Where to report a high volume breeder

Where to report a bad breeder
 


Ohio Kennel Legislation
Senate Bill 130, aka The Puppy Mill Bill
All pictures from Ohio Kennels

The kennel language was written to address large scale abuse/neglect
of breeding dogs living in high volume breeding facilities.
 

   Senate Bill 130
1-10-13 Ceremonial Signing of Puppy Mill Bill  video    video
12-11-12 Governor Kasich signs SB 130 into law

1-24-12 Passed Senate Ag  9-0 vote
1-25-12 Passed Senate Floor 30-0 vote
11-13-12 Passed House Committee  20-1 Rep Buchy was no vote
11-14-12 Passed House Floor, 90-5, Reps Buchy, Amstutz, Goodwin,
                                                      Martin, J Adams were no votes
11-27-12 Passed Senate in Concurrence, 32-1 Senator Faber was no vote
 



Puppy Mill: A dog breeder that puts profit before the well-being
of a dog. Dogs are housed in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions without
adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization.

 

 

Governor Kasich Signs Puppy Mill Bill
December 11, 2012

Columbus Dog Connection was the lead advocacy group working with Senator Jim Hughes and
many others for 7 years for a law that would bring oversight to high volume breeders in Ohio.

 


   

                 Official Signing, December 11, 2012                                                                 Ceremonial Signing January 10, 2013

Senator Hughes worked through 3 general sessions and countless interested party concerns. Sorting through fact and fiction and extremists from both sides of the issue, Senator Hughes, Chairman Dave Hall and Chairman Cliff Hite were instrumental in coordinating rescue groups, high volume breeders, hobby breeders, veterinarians, county representatives and others, to create language with which all parties are comfortable. Senator Hughes is a champion for dogs and we are deeply appreciative of his dedicated effort to see this bill pass.

As many have said, when the interested parties are not able to include everything they want in a bill, you likely have a middle ground, which means a bill can get passed by both the House & Senate. Of course we hoped for standards of care to be in place in the bill. We trust that the Advisory Board will have an impact on the daily living conditions of the dogs by working with the Director of Agriculture as this is one of the important reasons for the writing of this bill.

Of the very few “no” votes the bill received, Senator Faber was the only “no” vote during concurrence in the Senate as he liked the original Senate version without fees to the high volume breeders. Of the 96 House votes, the 5 “no” votes were Representatives Buchy, Amstutz, Goodwin, Martin, J Adams.

We thank every Senator and House Member who voted yes to help Ohio’s dogs. Representatives Fedor, C Hagan, Phillips and Okey were an excellent voice for us in the House Agriculture Committee. We also thank Representative R Hagan and former Senator Cates for their contributions.

There are countless people to thank for their contribution to bringing this bill to the Governor’s desk.

Chief among them is our volunteer lobbyist, Penny Tipps of Public Policy Strategies. Penny has been involved from the beginning and has donated untold hours working for the dogs. Penny’s experience and knowledge were instrumental in keeping the puppy mill bill alive until we could get it passed.

Sue Pohler, of Pohler and Associates, has been our volunteer attorney and worked tirelessly in honor of her puppy mill dog Julie. Sue provided invaluable governmental expertise and knowledge of the Ohio legal landscape. We were fortunate to have another skilled attorney in Melanie Cornelius. Melanie was instrumental in the original draft of the bill and spent mountains of time on research and writing.

The Columbus Dispatch and reporter Jim Siegel has been a friend to our cause by keeping everyone aware of the current state of the bill. We are thankful to the Dispatch for caring about Ohio’s dogs. While Ohio has suffered a black eye for our puppy mill reputation, we have the most amazing rescue groups who give their all to help dogs in need.

I am in debt to Martha Leary of Star Mar Rescue, who is the most knowledgeable high volume dog kennel advocate in Ohio. Martha’s expertise about what goes on in the kennels is unmatched. Tremendous thanks to Karen Minton of HSUS. Karen’s depth of knowledge of animal law and Ohio legislation is unparalleled. Karen has also created bridges in Ohio that likely have never existed between humane advocates and those agencies that may have seemingly been our opponents. Thanks to Karen, this gap is narrowing and all animals will benefit because of her supreme ability to collaborate, educate and be the voice we need in Ohio.

We must thank Carrie Mavrikis, aide to Senator Hughes, Andy Bowsher, former aide to Senator Hughes, Ali Mock, aide to Senator Hite and Mike Sabo, aide to Chairman Hall for their over-the-top attention to detail and persistence with the deluge of information they handled during 2012. There have been so many rescue, shelter, humane society, dog wardens, police officers, prosecutors, citizens, veterinarians, dog breeding professionals and government employees that have assisted along the way.

These people and organizations have testified or assisted with support.
Dale Bartlett & Tom Pappas-The HSUS, Vicki Deisner & Cori Menkin The ASPCA, Dr Sue Wilcox-Steel Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic, Jack Price-Perry Co Humane Agent, Annelle Mullet-Holmes Co HS, Janet Weitzel-Janca-Bald Is Beautiful Rescue, Rob Junk-Pike Co Prosecutor, Kristina Lang-Marilyn’s Voice Rescue, Joe Rock-Franklin Co Dog Warden, Erin Michelli-Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Rescue, Andy Riggle, Dawn Smitley-Coshocton Co Humane Agent, Bob Baker-Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Washington Co Deputy Keelan McLeish, Katie Davis, Michelle Gatchell, Janice Kobi-Fairfield Co Cares, Debi Ketterer, Matt Granito-Ohio Dog Warden Assn President, Allison Halloway-Pawsavers, Barby Roberts-Westie Rescue, Ren Nichols-All Tails R Waggin Rescue, Zaron Van Meter-Scottie Rescue, Sandy Shelley-HS of Richland Co, Barbara McKelvey-Small Paws Rescue, Cathy Cowen, Veronica Dickey-Peace For Pets, Cheryl Rakich-Almost Home Dog Rescue, Linda Stickney, Deborah Rowe, Dr Beth Logan, Dr Emily Fagundo, Gary & Judy Barnhart, Joyce & Bill Hague.

Sara Tobin , Heather Luedecke-IGCA N OH Rescue, Julie Bertani-Ohio Pet Plates, Lisa Abele-HS of Jackson Co OH, Annelle Mullet, Chris Tanis-A Puurfect Start, Robin Craft-Black and Orange Cat Foundation, Jessica Baker-H S of Jackson Co, Circle Area H S, Cathy L. Rice-Ohio Basset Hound Rescue, Lynna Aronson-STOP, Mag Wright, Peggy Kaplan-Ohio Pet Plates, Becki Kelso-Kind Hands for Paws, Susan L. Montgomery, Meg Long-Pets Without Parents, Mirna Bowman-Columbus Dog Connection, Mona McGinnis-Colony Cats & Dogs Rescue, Dawn Allen-Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Rescue, Susan Dykstra, Jason Kindred, The OVMA, Jeni Rooney-Cavalier Rescue, Rosalie Hoover, Lisa Dudley Pitties Place, Theresa Landon-Ohio SPCA. And to the countless others who contacted their legislators when called upon.

This has been a tremendous team effort that has brought a camaraderie among rescues to a higher level and a newer, better understanding to animal issues and the agencies in Ohio that oversee them. It’s a great day for Ohio’s dogs !

Kellie DiFrischia, Columbus Dog Connection
 

  “I don't know how many hours...more than I would want to know for sure....I've been in more meetings, written, rewritten and read the bill
more times that I can count....it was more blood, sweat and tears than I ever imagined. It was the hardest thing I've done...it will forever be
the greatest achievement at the highest level I will ever be involved in”.   Kellie


 


 












 

     

 
                                      
Gathered just after Governor Kasich Signed The Puppy Mill Bill                          Vicki Diesner, The ASPCA, Kellie, Karen Minton, HSUS
Kellie DiFrischia, Former Senator Cates, Penny Tipps, Carrie Mavrikis,
Sue Pohler, Andy Bowsher, Senator Hughes, Melanie Cornelius

 


Senate Sponsor
Jim Hughes

Senate Co-Sponsors
Beagle, Burk, Gentile, Hite, Jones, LaRose, Lehner, Niehaus,
Patton, Sawyer, SchiavoniSeitz, Tavares, TurnerSkindell,
Wagoner
       

 

 
 
 



 

Info about Ohio High Volume Kennels

2009 Video of Ohio Kennel

Effect Ohio rescues

-Graphic images of high volume kennel owner carrying/dangling dog
by two front paws.  This dog died in from hereditary disease
.
-Interview of Junior Horton, infamous breeder kicked out of Virginia for
deplorable breeding practices.  Horton now lives in Coshocton County
with over 400 dogs.

-1000 dogs removed from West Virginia Breeder Sharon Roberts.
She agrees not to breed in W Virginia ever again. 
She is now living in Washington County Ohio.  Washington County Ohio Sheriff found over a quarter of a million dollars in cash in her home.


Summary

There are 161 USDA licensed breeders in Ohio.  With over 11,000 kennel registrations in Ohio, there is a great disparity in the USDA licensing
and inspecting of the appropriate number of kennels.  Most high volume kennels are not under USDA enforcement because they are not selling wholesale.  Ohio is the 2nd worst state for the number of puppy mills in the country and, in the opinion of an undercover  investigator who has videoed puppy mills across the nation, Ohio is the worst in the entire country for conditions the dogs live in.

Existing Ohio legislation does not provide for public accountability where deplorable conditions exist.  Ohio is quickly gaining the reputation as the puppy mill capital of the Midwest.  The high volume kennels are the major concern.

Reputable breeders, veterinarians and dog enthusiasts continue to embrace the puppy mill language.  Minimum standards for dog care (such as unfrozen water bowls, daily feeding, living quarters free from a build up of urine/feces) are a few of the requirements included in the puppy mill legislation.

This bill encourages responsible breeding and the raising of dogs for the pet industry.
A puppy purchased from an Ohio breeder will be a badge of honor instead of a mark of shame.  Our goal is to address the situations where dogs
are being warehoused in deplorable conditions.  Please read
below as to how you can do your part to make sure the Puppy Mill Bill is passed.

Estimates suggest OH has a 1 billion dollar breeding business.
Holmes County Commissioners testified against the puppy mill bill, but did state
the dog breeding in Holmes County generates $9 million a year.
We believe that to be grossly underestimated.

This article from the
Indy Star states that 92 Indiana breeders are USDA-registered.  Lawmakers and industry experts estimate there are as many as 3,000 commercial dog breeders in the state, fueling a $1.3 billion industry.  If Indiana is estimating that 3000 kennels generate 1 billion....then Ohio could be as high as 3 billion in untaxed revenue.

OH has over 11,000 kennels, 161 USDA licensed.  When we looked at these numbers....we reduced the kennel numbers to 9,000. (given that 2000 could be
hunters or low volume breeders or people who have a license that should not)

 

Ohio Puppy Mills in the News

Puppy Mills In Ohio

Marion Star Nov 15, 2012
Columbus Dispatch Nov 14, 2012
Cleveland Press  Nov, 12 2012
The Plain Dealer Nov, 12, 2012

Columbus Dispatch  Nov 12, 2012
Dispatch Editorial Nov 11, 2012
Columbus Dispatch  Nov 10, 2012

-Pickaway Co Nov 8, 2012 Circleville Herald
-Huffington Post on Shelby Co Ohio Puppy Mill Oct 26, 2012
-Pickaway Co Pup Mill Oct 2, 2012
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Columbus Dispatch Article  Sept 24, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Letter to the Ed Sept 23, 2012
-Toledo Blade Editorial Sept 18, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Editorial Sept 14, 2012
Hannah Report (Statehouse News Info) Sept 12, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Letter to Editor Sept 13, 2012
-Ch 4 Testimony on SB 130  Sept 11, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Guest Editorial Sept 1, 2012

-August 2012 ---all stories immediately below related to Puppy Miller
Edith Buchko of Richland Co Ohio.  Buchko was banned from breeding
in New Jersey and move her operation of 250 dogs to Ohio.
LancasterEagleGazette.com    ToledoBlade.com    ABC6onyourside.com  
Mansfieldnewsjournal.com   Coshoctontribune.com     Nbc4i.com


-Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Aug 12, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Editorial Aug 6, 2012

-Columbus Dispatch Editorial July 18, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Article July 12, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Editorial Feb 2, 2012
-The Toledo Blade Editorial Feb 2, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Article Feb 1, 2012

-The Other Paper         Feb 9, 2012
-Columbus Dispatch Editorial         Nov 18, 2011
-Columbus Dispatch SB 130          Nov 16, 2011
-Medina Co Dog Breeder,              Feb 14, 2011  5 dogs dead
-Buckeye Dog Auction,                 Jan 2011     Dogs in Freezing trailers
-WKRC Cincinnati                        Feb 2011 Ohio Dog Auctions 
-Buckeye Dog Auction, Holmes Co Oh very graphic  
-The Wall St Journal,                    Dec 2010  Breeder making $120k
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Cleveland Scene                         July 2010  Amish connection
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Buckeye Dog Auction                  May 2010  Owner Threatens Reporter
-Columbus Dispatch                     Oct 2009  Editorial
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Media from Senate                      Oct 6, 2009  Testimony
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WV Breeder banned from breeding moves to Ohio
-Cols Dispatch                             July 2009  Pup Mills Must Be Stopped
-Cols Dispatch  Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Breeder July 2009
-Dispatch, Petland/Pup Mill Connection   April 2009
-Jo Ingels interviews Rep Hagan         April 8, 2009
-Nightline investigation of Amish Mills March 2009
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Ch 10  Petland being Sued             March 19, 2009   
-Dispatch Editorial                          Feb 2, 2009
-Dispatch Editorial                          Nov 28, 2008 
-Dispatch   Letter To Ed                 11/7/2008
-YouTube Ohio Puppy Mill Rescue  11/23/2008
-Dispatch Editorial                         10/13/2008
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Coschocton Co OH                       August 2008    banned breeder
-W Virginia Pup Mill Video              8/30/
2008
-Dispatch Editorial                         7/13/
2008
-Dispatch Editorial                        4/17/2008
-Toledo Blade                               6/11/07

-Columbus Dispatch Editorial         5/2/06

-Columbus Dispatch Article            4/27/06

-Cincinnati Ch 12  WKRC              4/27/06

-Cincinnati Enquirer                      4/27/06

-Columbus Channel 10                 4/26/06

 Columbiana Co Puppy Mill  April 2010
 Tuscawarus Co Puppy Mill  80 dogs removed, filthy conditions March 2008
 View Ohio Dog Auctions
 Ohio Puppy Mill Articles        
 Perry County   Ohio Puppy Mill Owners Get 10 year Suspension
 CAPS
 Pittsburgh PA, Channel 4, story on Ohio Pup Mills  May 2006
 Puppy Mill in Morrow County in 2002  
 Perry County  OH Puppy Mill Owners Get 10 yr Suspension
  In Defense of Animals on Petland

-More Puppy Mill Articles

 





This is how these dogs live year after year.




patelling elbows


Tess a 10 year old yorkie girl with no jaw


E 7month Italian greyhound,
 leg was broke and healed over

 

  

  

    

    

            
 
This breeder was allowed to have 25 dogs back in his custody to continue his business.  Look at the boxes (or "kennels" as the millers call them)
 that these dogs live in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until they are no longer producing puppies.  They are then either sold at auction or killed.

 


 

Rocky was rescued January 2007 from a puppymill. He came with sores and scabs all over his body.

Much of his hair was gone. He had demodectic mange and was flea infested. He was terribly afraid of

everyone and would bite when anyone tried to touch him.




 

 

 

 

Questions about the Puppy Mill Bill

The Puppy Mill Bill will address the high volume kennels that Ohio is now

infamous for. 

The language has been fine tuned from the last two general assemblies and
interested parties have given advice based on their specialty in the dog
arena, (dog breeders, humane advocates, dog wardens, humane
societies, pet stores)
                                                            


Thank you to everyone who has been carefully looking at the wording of the bill and sharing your stories.  This is a joint effort of

hundreds of people who care about dogs, dog breeding and saving dogs from deplorable conditions.

When reading the bill, please note:
-new legislation must recite an entire statute including existing legislation
-underlined text is new language.  Individuals who complain about material that is

not underlined/strikethrough, are concerned about existing law, not something in

this proposal.

 

 

Question:  Will the proposal make hobby breeding illegal in Ohio?
Answer:  No

Question:  Who does the proposal regulate?
Answer:  Individuals and businesses who sell 9 or more litters or 60 dogs a year.  The legislation creates civil regulation, not a ban, of high volume

facilities where tens or even hundreds of adult dogs are housed to make a profit.

Question:  What kind of standards will regulated kennels have to meet?
Answer:  A kennel will have to be a clean and safe place for dogs.  Clean water and wholesome food will need to be provided daily. 

Cages will need to have adequate space for dogs who live in them 365 days a year.  They will have resting boards to give them relief from standing on

wire flooring. 

Dogs kept out of doors will need to be provided with shade in summer and insulation to keep warm in winter.  Necessary veterinary care will need to be

provided.  These common sense standards are designed to be reasonable so that even the responsible larger scale kennel owner will easily surpass them

 

  
    
    Tuscarawas Co Puppy Mill

This dog was removed from Tuscarawas Puppy Mill, March 2008. 
Because we have no regulation for high volume breeders, this dog was returned to the breeder.
 
 

 

Question: Does Ohio have a puppy mill problem?

Answer:  Yes.   Ohio has over  11,000 kennels.  The dog breeding business is not regulated in Ohio.  The USDA only regulates wholesale breeders. 

The USDA has 161 licensed breeders in Ohio (many of which are breeders of animals other than dogs). Ohio is second only to Missouri in number of

puppy mills.  National undercover investigators have called Ohio the worst state for the sanitary conditions that dogs live in.

 

High volume, irresponsible breeders locate in Ohio because there is no regulation that addresses substandard conditions, and the few laws that do exist

must be enforced by a county dog warden who lacks the facilities and funds needed to enforce the existing animal cruelty law.  This bill will bring change

by providing an enforcement entity to address and shut down abusive puppy mill operations in Ohio, so that responsible breeders can flourish, and consumers

can be protected.

 


Question:  Are large scale facilities regulated by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club?

Answer:  No.  The AKC and UKC (and all registries) are voluntary clubs that only have the power to suspend their non-compliant members.   The purpose

 of the AKC and UKC are to improve breeds and bloodlines, and encourage responsible standards in breeding.  The AKC and UKC are not regulatory agencies. 

 They have no power to remove dogs in danger.  Many puppy mills in Ohio do not belong to either the AKC or UKC and therefore are not being monitored in

any form.

 


  
   We could post hundreds of pictures of dogs from Ohio Puppy mills. These are just a few of the abuses/neglectful situations that are taking place in Ohio.

 


Question

How much will it cost for a breeding kennel license?
Answer
$150 for 9-15 litters a year
$250 for 16-25 litters a year
$350 for 26-35 litters a year
$500 for 36-45
$750 for more than 46 litters a year

$500 for intermediaries (pet stores, brokers, dealers)

Question: Why wouldn't the local humane agents be the ones to inspect local people if there is a complaint?
Answer:  Right now, absent a criminal complaint, there is no recourse if a humane agent is turned away to inspect and rescue dogs in imminent danger.

Question:
Why are the dog wardens left out if this?
Answer: They are not.  Dog wardens are an important part of dog law enforcement.   Under the proposal, dog wardens will report sub-standard conditions

to the kennel authority. Dog wardens have two primary responsibilities: they enforce animal cruelty laws, and they operate county dog shelters for stray animals.  

Question: Why does the bill read the way it does?
Answer: There are places in Ohio where dogs are kept in cages where they cannot turn around, feces/urine drop on them from above, and accumulate,

where dogs have never seen a veterinarian in their lives, and they cannot walk in a normal fashion because their nails have never been trimmed, and where

their hair is matted by feces. That is reality at some kennels in Ohio.  And absence a complaint for animal cruelty, there is no inspection whatsoever.

Presently there is no way to get the dogs out of that situation.  Most people don’t have any idea about these horrendous conditions, or that Ohio is at the top

of the list as far as such horrendous conditions.

Question:  What if a breeder chooses not to get a license?
Answer:    The breeder is still subject to inspection, and the consequent penalties for violation.  In addition, the breeder would be subject to a financial penalty

 equal to two times the amount of the license fee that should have been paid.   A complaint can also be filed against the person to obtain a court order to cease operation.

 

 
                  Champaign County Puppy Mill (Feb 2008)

                                          

 


Question:
  Does the bill set a price for what a rescue can charge for an adoption fee?
Answer:  No.  Dogs that have been relinquished  to the Kennel Control Authority may go to a rescue or shelter and can be adopted from the rescue or

shelter for an adoption fee that the rescue/shelter sets.

Question: Does this bill have anything to do with dog auctions in Ohio?
Answer:
    No.  Although a dog auction ban was once part of the bill, interested parties including the Farm Bureau and the Sportsman Alliance (NRA)
                were opposed to banning dog auctions.

Question:   Do vaccinations have to be given to my dog every year?
Answer:   The owner, together with the dog’s veterinarian, determines the vaccinations to be given to the dog.   


Question:   Why does the puppy mill bill micromanage the euthanasia of dogs? 
Answer:  It doesn’t. It says only that dogs must be euthanized by the dog’s veterinarian, and not be left unattended between the commencement of the

 process and death.  Imperfect puppies in puppy mills are drowned in a bucket of water if the cost is too high to treat health issues, hammers are used to

euthanize the older dogs. High volume breeders are profit-driven and will not pay the price for humane euthanasia.

 


          

Removed from Ohio Puppy Mill.  Rosie is an 8 year old Shih Tzu.
   The mat around her leg was like a tourniquet.  

She had pyometra and was extremely sick. She had to be shaved down which resulted in a body that was skin and bones. 
She weighed in at 14 lbs. and when the mats were shaved,

she weighed 11 lbs.!  The last  picture is after weeks of rehabilitation.  She has been adopted and is living with another dog.

 


Question:
 Does Ohio have that many breeders with hundreds of dogs?
Answer:  Yes.  There are over 11,000 kennel registrations in Ohio.  There are hundreds of kennels that have hundreds of dogs being confined in conditions

shown on this website.  Ohio is 2nd only to Missouri in number of kennels in the state. 

Question:  Who must apply for a kennel license?
Answer:  A person who has nine or more litters, or sells 60 or more dogs in a given year.

 

                                                                                             
Japanese Chin with deformed legs purchased from an Ohio Puppy Mill                                      Paralyzed Papillion removed from an Ohio Mill
, April 2008

 

Question:  Do you expect us to license every dog?
Answer:  All dogs are required to have a license tag under current Ohio Revised Code.  Kennel licenses vary depending on what Ohio County is administering

the license. This proposal does not change the current law.   The only change from existing law on this point is that a dog housed in a regulated breeding

kennel does not need to be wearing the tag.  This is a safety provision. 


Question:  What is a surety bond?  Who pays for it?  How much does it cost?  How is the cost determined?  How do you get one?
Answer:  Breeders who are regulated must provide insurance or, in lieu of that, a surety bond which is subject to redemption if they lose their license to

operate. (For Breeders: If you have insurance on your business now, then you would simply pay for a rider to cover the license revocation issue. 

The surety bond would need to be provided only if there was no insurance that covered the issue.  The cost is estimated at $150-300, should this type of

bond coverage be needed).

 

Question:   "Euthanasia".  The way this reads is that if my old dog dies in the middle of the night, I can be in some sort of trouble.
Answer:   No, not unless you killed your dog.

 



Question:    What are conditions like in so called puppy mills?
Answer: 
Large numbers of breeding dogs kept in cramped cages that are not regularly cleaned.  Breeding dogs receive little to no medical treatment,

 and are not properly socialized either with other dogs or with humans.  Such breeders engage in large scale breeding of many different breeds of dogs. 
These dogs are then sold to consumers without documentation of the dog’s origin or state of health. Puppy mills negatively affect responsible breeders

who care for the health, social and behavioral aspects of the dogs and puppies they breed and sell.
Puppy mill produced puppies are often sick and born with genetic defects and sold to unsuspecting consumers under the guise of being “registered”

and/or “purebred”.  Consumers don’t know they are buying a dog born and bred in horrendous conditions.
When the breeding dogs have become so ill or bred so much that their uterus collapses, they have been known to be disposed of by drowning, bludgeoning,

shooting, surrendered to tax supported dog shelters, or sold at auction.


More Ohio Puppy Mills

I spoke directly with the Ohio Amish puppy miller who was auctioning her off at a farm auction. 

She had spent her entire 7 years in a wire bottomed cage hanging off the side of a building. 

When I set her on the ground, that was the first time in her entire life she had been on grass. 
 

       

             

 
   

Conditions at puppy mills are:  filthy, urine/feces soaked kennels.  This puppy mill, in operation in Morrow County Ohio

for 25 years, actually had mice and rats running among the dogs while rescuers where removing dogs.


May 2007     A rescue picked up an 11 yr old AKC Sheltie from a high volume breeder. 
He had 6 Shelties to get rid of and the 11 year old had just "weaned her last litter".  She was free.  The miller said that we could have

 her or he'd just turn her loose.  He lives right on a busy state road.  He said "they don't last long, I've gotten rid of a lot of them that way." 

We had her 3 weeks and she died of cancer.  At least she died clean, not matted, out of a cage and knowing that she was loved. 

She was an affectionate sweet dog.  She had been born into his puppy mill and lived her entire life in a small wire cage. 

At 11 she was done and she was worthless to him. 

When he took her out of the cage he grabbed her by the scruff of her neck and let her dangle like a piece of meat.

Sadly he still has three of her pups - now breeding females.  He wants $600 for them because they are pure bred.  He won't deal with us because he
knows we're a rescue and I'm sure he's sorry that he said all he had to say. 

 


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