Who's watching out for me? : The Morn...

Who's watching out for me? : The Morning Call Online

There are 4 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 10, 2007, titled Who's watching out for me? : The Morning Call Online. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Who's watching out for me? Puppies put in peril by dog wardens with limited power, a flawed state reporting system and lax enforcement.

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Michelle - Everett PA

Harrisburg, PA

#1 May 2, 2007
I'm not sure if this is the same mill that is discussed in this article but i know for a FACT that there is a puppy mill in operation in Everett, PA, Bedford County. I hear that the conditions are terrible.

Somebody needs to check into this. It's a Mennonite family running the Mill


Since: Mar 07

Proud resident of the Valley

#2 May 2, 2007
PA is the biggest state on the east coast with the most illegal puppy mills. PA has been coined the Puppy Mill of the East. It is a terrible monocle to wear. I've been to the 2006 Puppy Mill Awareness Day assembly in Lancaster where thousands of people gathered and marched to bring attention to this situation. Had the owners of these mills not been peaceful people, we would have been shot. They scowered at us as we marched down the roads holding signs warning potential buyers of these mill puppies off. I, myself, talked at least 6 families out of purchases from these Lancaster mills. And, yes, I do have that right to speak my mind and will do it again and again. The millers complain that we are interfering with there business. Fine. Go complain to the state police about it and try to get us removed. It will never, ever happen. PA is on the move to shutter these mills. And they will, too. I was able to get into a mill on the pretense of a purchase. We weren't allowed into the back of the mill where the animals are caged even when a few of us asked to see the conditions. But I was able to take a few pictures through an adjar door with my cell phone. Horrid conditions. Dead dogs in steel drums waiting to be spread on the fields, whole, to rot into the ground. Piles of dog feces also waiting to be spread on the fields. So when you buy Lancaster produce, guess what else you are getting? I printed those pictures and sent them to the PA Dog Law Enforcement Agency in Harrisburg. That mill is now closed. We are gathering again in Lancaster for Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2007 coming up soon. I urge you people that want to see an end to puppy mills in this state to attend as well. The PA DLE has only begun to get their act together. There is a right way and a wrong way to make a profit raising puppies for a living. Now PA is drawing the line. Dogs have become more than just 'property' for most people. Dogs have saved thousands of people's lives from war time situations, to search and rescue, to therapy work with the ill. Its about time they get the respect they deserve.
Doug M

Bethlehem, PA

#3 May 2, 2007
My wife and I are occasional breeders of show/pet dogs. We have one or two litters per year, raise them IN the house (total chaos), and sell only to carefully screened households. The many "show" people we know are in a quandary with the proposed new puppy mill laws. The mills you describe are horrendous and I hope they are shut down. But we legitimate breeders are considering not breeding any more puppies due to the proposed legislation. These laws may well discourage good breeders into stopping. Who does that leave - the mills. PA can't enforce existing law let alone new ones, no matter how appropriate and needed. Good luck with your awareness day program. Perhaps citizen awareness is the only solution.


Since: Mar 07

Proud resident of the Valley

#4 May 3, 2007
Doug, its not the occ breeders like yourself the DLE is after. Its the abusers...the people that birth and raise puppies for pure profit. The new regs the DLE are reviewing are due out for public inspection and comment next month. You will have a chance to voice your opinions, and Mary Bender of the DLE is very good at getting back to people that write to her. Persoanlly, I have submitted my wish list of new regs to the DLE and I see some have been implemented in the rough draft. It will most likely be a two-prong approach to enforcement; base level of compliance, and number of puppies. Hobby breeders, like your wife and yourself, will only be required to meet the base regs, which in mu opinion, are pretty easy common sense regs. And most likely you already meet 99% of them. As the number of births per year increase, so do the number of regs...and that is the way it should be. I saw four puppies jammed into one 3 x 3 cage at the mill I was at. I was so p1ssed when I left, I could have bought ALL the puppies there just to save them! But that would have been feeding right into the milelrs hands. These guys don't loose; it costs very little to house and feed these puppies, mating is next to nothing, most never see an 'approved' vet, and deaths are tossed into the fields. Where is the cost overhead? The ones that don't sell before they begin to approach adults are sold to B class sales people who go off and sell them to labs that use dogs for testing. So...the first miller that tells me he isn't making any money...I laff right in their face. Because we DO know. As for your hobby, I don't think you will have too much to worry about. All it takes is common sense. But some just don't seem to get the picture.

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