Lancaster County Kennel Owner Found G...

Lancaster County Kennel Owner Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

There are 3 comments on the WPMT-TV York story from Jun 22, 2010, titled Lancaster County Kennel Owner Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty. In it, WPMT-TV York reports that:

A Lancaster County kennel owner is found guilty of Animal Cruelty. Sign up to receive FOX43 Email Alerts John Zimmerman, the owner of the Silver Hill Kennel in Narvon, was found guilty of two summary charges of animal cruelty.

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doglover

United States

#1 Jun 24, 2010
Now any one whose dog has bad teeth will be open for cruelty charges.
lovaldgs

Morgantown, PA

#2 Jun 25, 2010
Oh get real, that is not true. Newspaper only told part of the story.

This guy at the time of inspection had a total of 158 dogs kept in deplorable conditions. Standing on wire flooring and feet were going through wire. Their fur was matted and filthy, they had long nails. And their teeth? Clearly neglected and probably a lot worn down from biting the wire cages to get out of the awful conditions they were kept in. He was given a warning on the condition of the dogs and the warden notified the Humane League.

He has a license to breed 501 dogs...that is a puppy mill!!!!

Conform or go out of business!!

lovaldgs!!!!!!!!!!
doglover wrote:
Now any one whose dog has bad teeth will be open for cruelty charges.
lovaldgs

Morgantown, PA

#3 Jul 7, 2010
IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORT

All:

Once again our new hard fought dog laws are being threatened. Not by the commercial breeders, or their lobbyist, or by those who profit by selling the breeders registration papers - but by the governor's own staff. Jessie Smith and Sue West, both of the Bureau of Dog Law, announced last week that they will ignore the provisions of the new law requiring breeders to provide their adult breeding dogs with solid flooring and unfettered access to the outside (indoor/outdoor runs). Instead, they will allow breeders to continue to force their dogs to live on painful wire strand flooring (which was recently voted down by the vets on the Canine Health Board), and breeders will not be required to provide their dogs access to outside runs. This is in violation of the law - the law we all fought so hard to pass. This is outrageous and we cannot let this go unchallenged.

Please take five minutes and write to the below persons (copy and paste) and demand that our new laws be enforced and that Jessie Smith and Sue West stop trying to protect Pennsylvania's commercial breeders by setting illegal policies that will harm PA's puppy mill dogs. Jessie Smith claims wire flooring is more sanitary - so is cleaning every day which is required by law. Jessie Smith claims the mother dogs will only be on the painful wire, locked away inside, for one week prior to giving birth and for the time it takes to wean their puppies - since the dogs in these facilities are there for the sole purpose of breeding, the mother dogs could spend half of the year facing conditions we all thought we abolished by pushing through the new dog laws. Jessie Smith claims she's worried about puppies being caught outside in bad weather - better to confine the mother to a small cage inside a sweltering barn than ask the farmer to watch that his puppies don't get caught outside? Jessie Smith claims that the mother dogs will have the solid floor of their whelping boxes in which to stand - will breeders use whelping boxes? Can we trust them? Whelping boxes are not required by law.....BUT SOLID FLOORING AND ACCESS TO OUTDOOR EXERCISE AREAS ARE - FOR EVERY ADULT DOG IN EVERY COMMERCIAL BREEDING FACILITY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE BUREAU HAS NO RIGHT ATTEMPTING TO REWRITE OUR NEW HARD FOUGHT DOG LAWS.

Contact the below individuals. Remind them that regardless of how they may feel, solid flooring and access to outdoor runs is now REQUIRED by law. Ask them when will this finally be over and when will the Bureau finally enforce our laws instead of handing out endless extensions and waivers. Be polite, but firm. It was 102 degrees outside today and the hutches in Lancaster County are filled with dogs that have only us to fight for them. The Governor has repeatedly stated that his goal was to get breeding dogs off wire and to give them access to outside runs. Why is his staff going against his wishes and why is he not stopping this?

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