Pa. begins 'puppy mill' crackdown

Full story: Philadelphia Daily News

Animal-cruelty charges were filed this week after a large Lancaster County kennel was raided by humane agents who seized 23 malnourished and diseased dogs in what officials describe as the first major effort to ...
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bigfanx

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Jan 6, 2007
 
Blank, the "owner/guardian" of the raided property has a lot to answer for considering he's in violation AGAIN! of the kennel laws. With 25% of his "stock" sickly, undernourished, and clearly housed inappropriately, his methods are clearly pointing to neglect and cruelty.

The second case mentioned is an absolute.... don't you think? The former Puppy Love kennels' owners Stoltzfus has violated even the agreement that would have allowed rhem to continue to do business (if the fines were paid).

People like this... that make $$$ MONEY $$$ off the lives of animals.... that money coming at the expense of animal's health and well-being.... DO NOT DESERVE to continue to do any kind of business that involves animals.

Clearly breaking laws again and again shows only disrespect for the law, the area in which they live, and more importantly, the lives of the animals involved.

Governor Rendell: Thank you for the new task force to enforce the laws. Once the dog advisory board gets going, PLEASE VISIT MISSOURI. The Show-Me State needs a few lessons on how to shut down incompetent, uncaring, and in-violation dog farms (puppy mills)! Governor Blunt needs your help!!

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Jan 6, 2007
 
Its about time something gets done to these dispicable people that do not care for animals just try to make money off of them. they should never be allowed to raise them again.

While i dont agree with Gov Rendell on everything I am pleased to see he is actually doing something about this. there needs to be more done however. Between the puppy mills and the dog fighting and the cock fighting we have a lot of animal cruelty in the state of Pa.

KEEP UO THE GOOD WORK GOVENOR AND PLEASE ADD MORE TO THE TASK FORCE AS THE ANIMALS NEED OUR HELP SINCE THEY CAN NOT HELP THEMSELVES
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This is a start, but I would have preferred that ALL the animals from all puppy mills be seized. While we are all living good lives with filled tummies in warm houses, these animals are living in squalor in cages in the cold just so some piece of crap can make a lot of money. And, yes, I am angry. These people are no better than child abusers.
Denise

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Paula, I totally agree with you.
Bonnie Radafshar

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Jan 16, 2007
 
What about the Hunte Corporation which happens to be the largest puppy broker in the US who gets loans from the USDA? The same agency who is supposed to be regulating what they do. Isn't that what you would call a conflict of interest? Give loans to farmers who need it for crops not puppy mill brokers! Then the USDA says that they don't have enough inspectors for all of these mills. They could easily hire more with all of the money they give to the Hunte Corporation. I think it was in the neighborhood of 20 million dollars. People have to start writing to government officials and not just each other about the horrors. Write a letter to the President or how about the Senate and Congress. Look at what the Governor of PA is doing because of all the pressure. We cannot just sit back and complain. Do something about it because you can make a difference.
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Jan 23, 2007
 
It is incomprehensible to me that Joyce Stoltzfus is still in business. I am from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and her operation tried/tries to advertise in our local papers. We run her out of town on a rail every time we spot her and the papers refuse to run her ads. We may not be PA voters, but to all of you who spend any of your tourism dollars in PA, let the governor know that you will not be doing so until these unscrupulous puppy mills are put out of business.
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Bonnie: Yeah, the Hunte Corp in MO is one lucky business. Governor Blunt is definitely in their back pocket. What a f'ing sissy he is!!! Blunt gives Hunte MY TAX DOLLARS to fund their expansion in Goodman MO. The "GOV" states this grant (loan) is to increase the availability of jobs in the area (southwestern MO) by expanding the facility and upgrading equipment ---- to increase business levels! B.S.!
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From an article that I read in a publication from late 2005:
Hunte Corporation in Missouri is the nation’s largest puppy broker, and they also export dogs overseas. The company has been linked to numerous negligent pet stores and breeders and has sponsored American Kennel Club (AKC) meetings. The USDA has loaned the company more than $4 million for expansion and upgrades in the last three years—taxpayer money used to bring more misery to dogs and puppies. In addition to Hunte, in Missouri alone there are an estimated 3,000 dog-breeding operations that generate $2 billion a year.
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Other info states that after the first grant of $900K of state tax-payer-funded monies, Hunte received additional amounts, The company received another loan for $3.5 million from the USDA last year(2004).
Governor Blunt and his family buddy Congressman Roy Blunt love giving this company the "benefit of every doubt". I don't think either one of them have the guts to stand up to the USDA, to demand inspectors do their job, demand poorly run facilties close their doors. If Missouri's government had the BALLS of PA Gov Rendell... to crack down on the breeders, to shut down illegal operations, to prosecute mills that do not comply.... well, there might not be a Hunte Corp.
Since Hunte is calling the shots of Missouri government regarding animal care law, it will be a long hard road to shut them down.
MiMi -Suzanne

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I bought a puppy from Gails pups N Stuff Inc. Robbinsville NJ. I got a white boxer with a blue eye. I asked her if the dog was checked by a vet, she said yes, and then told me the sire and dam plus the breeder. When I got home, I noticed the pupuy wasent looking right at me, but I thought maybe because of the blue eye. It looked funny, I took it to the vet, and he said wait a week his site may get better because he is so young. I took him back a week later and the puppy was born with a genetic eye defect. I called about the dog, and anyone knows you are attached at this time and wont give the dog up. They said return or exchange, it was not happening, or if you want to treat the dog, we will pay up to 2x the cost. You cant treat blindness, so thats a joke. I said isnt their a way to negociate the 987.00 I paid for the dog, NO NO NO, I only had the 3 options, and one was not to pay what a blind dog is really worth. I asked if I brought the puppy back, what would you do with it, the girl stated give it back to the breeder. I looked at my papaer and did research, and found John Blank is Joseph Blanks son, who was brought up on charges in his puupy mill for sick dogs, who he was starving, dehydrating, and for severe neglect. He allowed them to take only 23 of the sickest dogs out of his kennel. Now the owner who sold me this dog, stated that she bought from his son, who has nothing to do with his father. ok, Sure, plus the mother and father of my puppy were named Long Lane Bush, and Long Lane Dolly, isnt it a hoot that the kennel that was sited for all these horrible things were at LONG LANE KENNEL IN NARON PA, where my dog came from. But the lady tells me who I bought the dog from, yes it is, that John Blank used on of his fathers male dogs to breed with his. Well isnt it funny, she told me before that the son has nothing to do with the father. Plus the majority of the breeds that were removed were boxer puppys and adult boxers, plus pugs yorkies and dachshunds. Nice right! But I am not being lied too. SO would you give your boxer puppy up to go back to any BLANK family memember? NO, So the LAw for the consumer sucks, It should allow me to keep a puppy that came from this horrible puppy mill, get some of my money back becasue its condition is nor treatable or cureable, but that is it. You keep the dog, and pay alot. A real owner would say, whats the fair value of a blind dog, not say, well thats my price and you pay it or return the dog. OH ya, plus when I saw Narvon PA, I asked before buying the dog, if it came from a puppy mill because of the state is known for it, or was it from a home, private breeder, not a kennel. I wasd assured the dog did not come from a kennel. I was lied too. Do not buy from this owner and hey bank on you not bring that dog back, they knew this dog was not fixable, so they are in the clear. Tehy just made 987.00 for a defected dog. And my dog is not fixable. But it is loved, and came at a big price for a dog now with a disability.
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Feb 2, 2007
 
MiMi: I'm saddened to hear of the story of your boxer boy. I know that must be difficult for you to accept that the dog will be blind... is that in both eyes or just the blue one?

The sadder aspect of this case is .... if you returned the puppy because of blindness, they would "take it out the stock line". Yes, they'd destroy the dog and I can guarantee you that it would not be by humane euthanasia.

Despicable tactics by unprofessional "business people"

Ya know, if I were you, I'd write Gov Rendell. Copy your bill of sale for the dog, copy the vet's medical notes, copy the research you did. Submit all the copies with your story to the Gov and the new Dog Advisory Committee. I have a good feeling that you'll get some action!

Let us know what happens.
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Mimi, your dog is not blind honey. You know that. Stop exagerating the story. And the three options you were givin, don't come from the store, they come from the state of New Jersey, so if you're going to do "research" make sure you do all of it before you go making accusations and listing actual names and addresses of businesses. Good story, but poor background research. Nice try though. Let me guess.....stay at home mom?
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Has anyone heard of Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon PA? Dale Weaver runs it. Is that a puppy mill?
Daniella

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Has anyone heard of Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon, PA? It is run by Dale Weaver. Is this a puppy mill?
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May 9, 2007
 
Oh? Someone finally decided to do something about the puppy mills running rampant in PA... good. I'm glad. Once all this crap is taken care of they need to stop selling puppies in pet stores.
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Daniella wrote:
Has anyone heard of Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon PA? Dale Weaver runs it. Is that a puppy mill?
Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon PA is NOT a puppy mill. We just got a schnoodle from Dale Weaver. We went to pick her up at their farm in Lebanon. The farm is absoulutely beautiful, and you could really tell that the puppies were well taken care of! They have a finished shed in the yard where they keep the puppies with heat and air conditioning. The puppies are with both there parents. They are very well socialized with people because Mr. Weaver has 7 children who all help in taking care of the puppies. We couldn't be happier with our schnoodle!
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May 25, 2007
 
Erin,
We bought a schnoodle from Deep Run Kennel back in late March. We live in Philly too. Maybe we could set up a play date for our schnoodles. Our schnoodle, Theodore, is a little over 16 weeks old!
my email is tyler_jm@yahoo.com. Please drop me a line if you have a chance. Thanks!
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Jun 2, 2007
 
Hi Erin,
How many different breeds of puppies does Dale Weaver sell? We have found sites that list him selling: Labradoodles, Yorkiepoos, Maltepoos, Boston Terriors, and Red Brindles AND Schnoodles. We have sent a $300.00 deposit and have emailed and left phone messages and have not heard back from Dale in over 10 days. Needless to say, this is quite upsetting. I am not familiar with "puppy mills" but this seems like too many different breeds to be selling and not be a "puppy mill." We just would like to know when you purchased your schnoodle, how your puppy is doing, and if there are all of these different breeds for sale and if you are happy with your puppy. Anyway, your response would be greatly appreciated.
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Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon PA is NOT a puppy mill. We just got a schnoodle from Dale Weaver. We went to pick her up at their farm in Lebanon. The farm is absoulutely beautiful, and you could really tell that the puppies were well taken care of! They have a finished shed in the yard where they keep the puppies with heat and air conditioning. The puppies are with both there parents. They are very well socialized with people because Mr. Weaver has 7 children who all help in taking care of the puppies. We couldn't be happier with our schnoodle!
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Jul 16, 2007
 
We must have tried to reach Dale on a bad week (he was out of town). Once back home, Dale was very responsive to us. We went to choose our Schnoodle about 5 weeks after the puppies were born and were very impressed with the surroundings. The farm Dale has is just beautiful and he takes excellent care of the puppies. We just picked up our Schnoodle from Dale Weaver (puppies were 7-1/2 weeks old). She is so adorable! She has gotten A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH from our local vet. We are so happy with our puppy!
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Sep 10, 2007
 
Has anyone ever heard of JL Kennel in New Holland PA? Is this a puppy mill???
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Sep 12, 2007
 
I am from MO and keep hearing that MO is one of the worst puppy mill states in the US. I volunteer at a local city animal control center and EVERY WEEK they have about 10 dogs and 20 cats that will be KILLED unless a rescue group comes to their aid. Aren't things a little out of balance? So puppy mills keep cranking out these poor, disease-ridden, sad pets, many of whom end up in "shelters" where they are killed.
Please, someone, tell me of an active group I can join to stop the insanity!
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Sep 22, 2007
 
Joyce Stoltzfus is a horrible person. I fell into her trap and bought a puppy from her last year. He went blind and died a horrific death. There is nothing being done about her...believe me, I have tried and she is still selling and still has a website.

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