Pa. begins 'puppy mill' crackdown

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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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Feb 17, 2013
 
Brokenhearted wrote:
The dog we got from them has had nothingI but healthI issues! Two major surgeries plus! who="sgtocco"]I am interested in a cockapoo puppy from speichers farm in millersburg, pa. I haven't been able to find any reviews. Does anyone have any information on them.
We got a schnoodle from Speicher Farms in MIllersburg PA. in 9/2011. She has been great, not a problem, friendly smart tolerant of many hands. We were first timers so did not know to ask to see parents, etc. However, Ben was very good and showed us how to groom her and even trimmed some hairs in her eyes. She is 3/4 poodle and i/4 Schnauzer. We could not locate a closer breeder that did not ship the dogs in. Good luck.
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Re: Speichers - big breeder, licensed to breed 101-150 but he has passed state inspections each time. He is now breeding so called designer dogs, such as schnoodles, cockapoos etc. that's where the money is now for these breeders.

General rule for buying from a big commercial breeder is never buy over Internet getting dog shipped to you. You are taking a huge chance. They can say and show anything on the internet and a lot do lie.

You have to see parents especially how mother is kept, how puppies are socialized. Get a copy of health certificate before buying dog and call vet on that certificate.

Once you have dog, within ten days bring it to your own vet. Pennsylvania has a puppy lemon law that can be applied if this is done. Do your homework before you buy pup.

And of you want a mixed breed? Consider rescuing...they have plenty of mixed breeds.

4 million dogs a year are put to sleep in shelters because no one gave them a dog..awful statistic!

Lovaldgs
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Feb 17, 2013
 
Was this Katie Lapp in PA as well or in Delaware? Thanks?
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Do not buy from Greenfield Puppies..Went back in February to Ronks, PA to buy a boxer puppy from Christ Lapp. The 3 females he had for me to see all had green mucus coming out of their noses. She was only 6 weeks so I needed to wait to go back to get her. I decided not to return. When you know someone is coming to see your puppies you think they would clean them up. They really do not care for these dog's. Today I went to breeder Katie Lapp. I thought it was maybe a one time thing.( Not sure if they are related. Live at 2 different addresses)When I got there the 8 week old Boxer puppy I was interested in ( a Flashy Brindle ) was there. Her nose was fine but she was filthy. Her white chest and legs were grey. I felt the dirt on her when I pet her. Left her even though it broke my heart. These people do not care at all for these animals. It just blows my mind that they think they could just sell these dirty unhealthy puppies. Obviously they know they can being they do not even make the attempt to make them look clean and healthy. Please think twice before you buy from Greenfield puppies..
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Feb 17, 2013
 
If a breeder doesn't have enough sense to clean up a dog for a sale? What else are they not doing....no parents on premises? Red flag!

Puppies should be clean and healthy and a health certificate is supposed to be given with every puppy sold. PA State Law.

Breaks my heart that these dogs are kept in these awful conditions. But it just takes people to stop buying from them and if there is no market? No sale!
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Has anybody hear of breeder Crist Lapp, Ronk, PA my son just purchased a golden retriever puppy from him. Just would like to know how other goldens are doing and is there anything we should be concerned about.
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Feb 19, 2013
 
Are you doing a survey on breeders you represent Greenfield? Or you just using Greenfield's name????

If you are Greenfield, you would know the health of the dogs Crist Lapp sells and wouldn't need this question.....
Right?

If a search is done of this breeder, unfortunately he does not have a good reputation and has had a history of selling sick dogs.....

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Has anybody hear of breeder Crist Lapp, Ronk, PA my son just purchased a golden retriever puppy from him. Just would like to know how other goldens are doing and is there anything we should be concerned about.

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Greenfield Puppies wrote:
Has anybody hear of breeder Crist Lapp, Ronk, PA my son just purchased a golden retriever puppy from him. Just would like to know how other goldens are doing and is there anything we should be concerned about.
Hmm, interesting. I do know of Mr. Lapp. He has done a nice job of keeping his breeding practices clean in recent years. I am not sure which dog your son purchased, but I can say that Mr. Lapp sells his puppies on a number of different websites, not just ours, and has mixed reviews about his kennels. The reason we feel comfortable advertising his dogs is because we have seen his kennels and they are in accordance with state requirements. I would say based on other peoples reviews of Christ Lapp with our site, he is doing a good job with his puppies, but each person must rate their own experience with a breeder.

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Lovaldgs wrote:
Are you doing a survey on breeders you represent Greenfield? Or you just using Greenfield's name????
If you are Greenfield, you would know the health of the dogs Crist Lapp sells and wouldn't need this question.....
Right?
If a search is done of this breeder, unfortunately he does not have a good reputation and has had a history of selling sick dogs.....
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There is some bad press out there about Mr. Lapp, I have read it myself. This lead to some scrutiny by us in regards to him advertising with us, but his kennel is immaculate. I will say this, a clean kennel doesn't always mean proper breeding practices, but I think Mr. Lapp is doing good job in this case.

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Lovaldgs wrote:
Re: Speichers - big breeder, licensed to breed 101-150 but he has passed state inspections each time. He is now breeding so called designer dogs, such as schnoodles, cockapoos etc. that's where the money is now for these breeders.
General rule for buying from a big commercial breeder is never buy over Internet getting dog shipped to you. You are taking a huge chance. They can say and show anything on the internet and a lot do lie.
You have to see parents especially how mother is kept, how puppies are socialized. Get a copy of health certificate before buying dog and call vet on that certificate.
Once you have dog, within ten days bring it to your own vet. Pennsylvania has a puppy lemon law that can be applied if this is done. Do your homework before you buy pup.
And of you want a mixed breed? Consider rescuing...they have plenty of mixed breeds.
4 million dogs a year are put to sleep in shelters because no one gave them a dog..awful statistic!
Lovaldgs
I agree with Lovaldgs. We recommend that you visit the breeder to pick a dog up so you can see its home. There are some sites that wont even let you speak to the breeder, the dog is just dropped off at your door one day. This is a recipe for disaster as you have no idea where the dog came from. I will never say that a farm raised puppy or kennel raised dog is a bad dog, it is all about the care a breeder puts into it, but not having any idea who you are doing business with can be a big error. Even if you have to drive 5 hours to meet your k9 companion for the next 10-15 years, isnt that worth it to be sure?
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I agree with Lovaldgs. We recommend that you visit the breeder to pick a dog up so you can see its home. There are some sites that wont even let you speak to the breeder, the dog is just dropped off at your door one day. This is a recipe for disaster as you have no idea where the dog came from. I will never say that a farm raised puppy or kennel raised dog is a bad dog, it is all about the care a breeder puts into it, but not having any idea who you are doing business with can be a big error. Even if you have to drive 5 hours to meet your k9 companion for the next 10-15 years, isnt that worth it to be sure?
I have a question for Greenfields. Do you know what happens to the breeder dogs in the kennels you represent when they are finished being bred?

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I have a question for Greenfields. Do you know what happens to the breeder dogs in the kennels you represent when they are finished being bred?
That would depend on the type of breeder. We have some people who breed their family pet once every couple of years, in that case, it is a pet so they live their entire life with that family. However, we recommend that commercial breeders rehome the dogs beyond a certain age if they do not have the capacity to keep them as a pet. It is in the best interests of the dog to go to a home where it will get all the attention and love it deserves. I think you will find this to be the philosiphy of many breeders.
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Agree, cleanliness is utmost for puppies. First step in preventing the selling of sick puppies.

Regarding his breeding practices, only vet that signs his health certificates can help there and if Mr Lapp is careful with his breeding and tries to eliminate genetic issues by not inbreeding or overbreeding his breeder moms then he at least a responsible breeder.
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There is some bad press out there about Mr. Lapp, I have read it myself. This lead to some scrutiny by us in regards to him advertising with us, but his kennel is immaculate. I will say this, a clean kennel doesn't always mean proper breeding practices, but I think Mr. Lapp is doing good job in this case.
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Wish all the commercial breeders had the philosophy you're stating below and would follow your suggestions. But I know otherwise. Many, not all don't give a darn about the breeder mothers. Kept in cages and bred every heat cycle then disposed of and not humanely either. If it weren't for the various rescue groups going to these places and offering to take the breeder mothers when her job is done? Her outcome is simply awful!

Please continue to advise your breeders to either give their breeder mothers to a rescue group or to offer them up for adoption to loving homes.

You could really help!
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That would depend on the type of breeder. We have some people who breed their family pet once every couple of years, in that case, it is a pet so they live their entire life with that family. However, we recommend that commercial breeders rehome the dogs beyond a certain age if they do not have the capacity to keep them as a pet. It is in the best interests of the dog to go to a home where it will get all the attention and love it deserves. I think you will find this to be the philosiphy of many breeders.

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Lovaldgs wrote:
Wish all the commercial breeders had the philosophy you're stating below and would follow your suggestions. But I know otherwise. Many, not all don't give a darn about the breeder mothers. Kept in cages and bred every heat cycle then disposed of and not humanely either. If it weren't for the various rescue groups going to these places and offering to take the breeder mothers when her job is done? Her outcome is simply awful!
Please continue to advise your breeders to either give their breeder mothers to a rescue group or to offer them up for adoption to loving homes.
You could really help!
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We absolutely will. Re-homing is not a difficult task if the effort is made. I would say it is the least a breeder can do for their dogs, if they cant keep them as a pet that is.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
BuyingAboxer wrote:
I just put a deposit on a Boxer puppy from a breeder in Denver, PA. Roxanne and Leon Martin. Their website is Hawk Valley Boxers. I am not supporting puppy mills, am I? They appear to love their dogs because they require you to have previously owned a Boxer or have at least researched them. They claim the puppy will be AKC "Limited" registered. I wonder if they are serious or is this just a front. Anyone that can give me any info on these folks, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Just wondering how you made out with your puppy purchase?
I bought a boxer from these breeders on 12/15/13, so your puppy might be Ginger's sibling, I was torn between getting Ginger and her brother Dakota. At that time did not even think about this whole puppy mill risk. I met the parents and siblings of the puppy but now often wonder if they were a mill sort of place. Property was so huge a kennel like place could have easily been hidden from sight. I went to a breeder because the rescue places make it very difficult, time consuming and tedious. I also needed a young puppy because I have another dog that would never have adjusted to an older dog being brought in. My puppy is perfect and with any pet purchase from no matter where they all have health risks within their breeds. If this place is indeed a puppy mill they hid it very well, as I would not purchase from an obvious mill. I could not find anything on records that this breeder is a known puppy mill.
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I did a little research and they are registered as L & R Kennels with the state. They had some ventilation issues in 2012 and are now in compliance with the state inspections. You were smart to do your homework. ALWAYS see the parents and get the veterinary records. Contact the vet before purchasing the puppy. I have to object to your reasoning about rescues though. They do what they do to make sure the dogs go to a good home and don't wind up back in the rescue. A little patience and compassion goes a long way to save the lives of over 4 million shelter and rescue dogs a year.
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Feb 24, 2013
 
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Dog lover,
Sometimes they are published but it is rare and I often wonder who runs the Lancaster papers.....why don't you send a letter to the editor and ask why.....
The Philly Inquirer has a wonderful reporter Amy Worden who has been writing articles for a few years on puppy mills and exposing some of the cruel breeders that run these awful places.
I know her articles in such a large newspaper has helped raise the public's awareness of this cruelty. Thank you Amy!
The more the general public is educated on how and where to buy/adopt a dog and how to avoid puppy mills, the more these awful places will close down.
LOVEALLDOGS!!!!!!!!!!
Does anyone know anything regarding a Jesse Kauffman in Christiana Pa? is he running a puppymill????
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Feb 24, 2013
 
I answered your same question in the post you did "puppy mill???" Some warnings......
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Does anyone know anything regarding a Jesse Kauffman in Christiana Pa? is he running a puppymill????
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Feb 24, 2013
 
My sister-in-law (+ next door neighbor) had the exact OPPOSITE experience with Plantation Delight. She purchased her golden-doodle crossback, Charlie, a dog that is amazing in every way: healthy, very obedient, gorgeous, beloved by everyone, plays with our dogs, gets along w kids (she has 5), etc. Seriously, he is about the most amazing dog ever. We have recommended the Plantation Delight group to many people and will continue to do so.
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PLANTATION DELIGHT KENNEL
Do not board your dog here or buy a dog from this lady. I do not even give this lady 1 star Her rating is a Zero from me. We got a Bernese Mountain Dog off of this kennel. The dog was defective and has moderate hip displaysia. The lady tried to blame the dogs "genetic defects" on the way we raised the dog. Obviously, these are genetic defects which come from the way the dog was bred! This lady runs what looks like a PUPPY MILL, smells like a PUPPY MILL... Therefore it is a PUPPY MILL! Do yourself and your family the favor and Never buy a dog from her. You will regret it in the end if you do, it will end in heartache and a headache for you.
I wish I would have done some research on this kennel before we got a dog from her I have read some really negative reviews. A newspaper wrote "Plantation Delight kennel in West Grove, a breeding facility and dog day care center. That kennel received warnings in each of five inspections in 2011, including for cages that were too small, rodent infestation, poor ventilation and for mixing adult dogs with nursing mothers and mixing intact females and males in the same cages."
Another man, John Sanderson, writes, "Plantation Delight-
Please review the Pa Dept of Agriculture website. Terrible inspection record. My dog died six days after being boarded there of pneumonia. Was in perfect health when boarding commenced."
I REPEAT DO NOT BUY OR BOARD YOUR DOG AT PLANTATION DELIGHT KENNEL! Sandy Reynolds does not care about the well being of any dogs she seems to only be in the business of raising defective dogs and charging exuberant prices for them. She seems to be in it just for the money. After "25 years" of breeding you think she would have healthier, happier dogs. She is a PUPPY MILL ... It's about quantity with her kennel not quality.
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Well even though you have glowing praise for this kennel, your recommending this kennel to people will do no good. After many citations for poor health of dogs, unsanitary conditions, too small spaces for dogs and finally transferring 47 puppies under 8 weeks old which is against PA law this awful,place was shut down in july 2012.

And why he had so many crossbreeds? Kept females and males together of different breeds...daaaaa......cited for that when inspected.

It's breeders like these we don't need!

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Dusty Dumont wrote:
My sister-in-law (+ next door neighbor) had the exact OPPOSITE experience with Plantation Delight. She purchased her golden-doodle crossback, Charlie, a dog that is amazing in every way: healthy, very obedient, gorgeous, beloved by everyone, plays with our dogs, gets along w kids (she has 5), etc. Seriously, he is about the most amazing dog ever. We have recommended the Plantation Delight group to many people and will continue to do so.
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