Were appalling conditions at dog kenn...

Were appalling conditions at dog kennels overlooked?

There are 9 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 31, 2008, titled Were appalling conditions at dog kennels overlooked?. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

It's one of life's great mysteries. How is it that the inaptly named Almost Heaven dog kennel in Upper Milford Township has a near-spotless inspection record with the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, given ...

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Dodie Sable

Fogelsville, PA

#1 Aug 1, 2008
Mr White!

I wanted to write about your July 31 column. I am wondering why you continue to drag Almost Heaven into your stories in such a bad light.

Have you visited the kennel and grooming salon? Have you taken a walk through the pens and petted the dogs there? Have you visited the nursery and touched the mama's and puppies? Have you read Almost Heaven's sale agreement and the terms and conditions under which a buyer must adhere to purchase a puppy? Have you sat in the play yard and contemplated which puppy to pick out of the five that was brought out to you? Have you sat with a rescue dog in your lap and cried as every attempt was made to save its life?

I am thankful when your investigations shut down situations like the Limestone Kennels. I am furious when you continue to attack hard working citizens that are running their businesses honestly and in a clean environment.

I am a long term customer of Almost Heaven, purchasing many animals over the years and I have never one time visited the kennel to choose a puppy or dropped off my companion at the salon and witnessed any of the horrible conditions you accuse Almost Heaven of possessing. I believe you need to focus your negtivity on some other poor unsuspecting business owner.

Dodie Sable
Dodie says: Life is not about avoiding the storms, it's about learning to dance in the rain..

Malvern, PA

#2 Aug 1, 2008
Great column, Bill. Pennsylvania is a haven for those who abuse and exploit companion animals for commercial profit. Sure Pennsylvania has laws regulating puppy mills. In fact , the state legislature is working on "tougher" laws. But nothing changes. The puppy mills just keep churning. Dogs dies without ever setting foot on green grass. The millers know they won't be hindered. Oh how I'd like to see the dog wardens who looked the other way given permanent pooper-scooper duty at an overcrowded, underfunded animal shelter. Do the time that fits the crime. Ah, our lovely Commonwealth...they shoot pigeons, don't they?
Oh Well

New York, NY

#3 Aug 1, 2008
Americans are too obsessed with animals, especially dogs. If people were not breaking down his door to buy dogs from him, this would not have happened. He obviously could not keep up with the demand, so he was churning the poor animals.

Birdsboro, PA

#4 Aug 1, 2008
This is just proof that new dog laws solve nothing, when current dog laws are ignored. The new legislation will only cause grief for law abiding dog owners. This link explains the problems with the new law.


Merion Station, PA

#5 Aug 1, 2008
I am not sure what dogs you are looking at but they are not the ones that Skip releases to rescue, or used to release to rescue. Those dogs are filthy abused shells. Some of them never recover. Hopefully your horses are treated better than his breeding stock

Allentown, PA

#6 Aug 4, 2008
Wow Wee..........Mr. Bill needs a real job..........
I love what Dodie wrote and I follow close behind her heels....
I have know Almost Heaven for several years now and found the kennel and all the workers to be very upstanding people!!! I have been into dogs for over 30 years and have bought some of the most "sound"well ujusted dogs from "Almost Heaven" I am a certified vet tech and a Master groomer........and have learned more from Skip in the past seven years than I have at any school or vet's office ever. Bottom line is..........scoop out the ones that are doing harm to the business of dog breeding and leave the ones that care alone. Mr. White you seem to have it out for Almost Heaven and I can not see why..........write more stories about the kennels that actually do wrong by the animals and not the one you seem to want to target..........visit the kennel and the workers..........if you have a geniune concern about animal welfare..........leave Almost Heaven alone ..........until you want to purchace a very sound well soicialized doggie ;-)

Willow Grove, PA

#7 Oct 2, 2008
What do you have to say, now!! Still think Almost Heaven Kennels was a smart place to buy animals. They really pulled the wool over your head and our very own goverment. That inspector better run for the hills, because he in done!! My prayers go out to those dogs and other animals.
Monica McLaughlin

New York, NY

#8 Oct 10, 2008
I am very glad to learn that an investigation into corruption in dog farm corruption is going on.

Richard Martrich, who oversaw the work of six wardens inspecting hundreds of kennels in the Southeast Pennsylvania region, today, has been transferred to the Bureau of Weights and Measures in the state Department of Agriculture.

Under his watch the Limestone and Almost Heaven kennels both got good grades for inspections.
Monica McLaughlin

New York, NY

#9 Oct 10, 2008
Even if one buys a perfectly healthy dog from a dog farm, that dog has a mother. That mother dog lives its life inside a small cage. Even if she is fed and cleaned it is an awful life that no dog should lead. It amounts to solitary confinement until she can no longer produce puppies. Then she is killed or given to a rescue. Either way, the dog has been used and discarded.

Remember, your healthy, happy dog had a mother. Can you look your dog in the eye knowing what you, as a purchaser have done to her mother?
You can right that wrong. Find and adopt the mother. Can't find the mother? Find another mother dog and adopt it.

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