Monday, April 7, 2008

Puppy Mills

Puppy mills make me sick. Why don't those AR whackos do something about this?

166 dogs seized from a suspected puppy mill

Neco Cockburn, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Monday, April 07, 2008

OTTAWA - Provincial offence charges are pending after 166 dogs were seized from a suspected puppy mill in the Bancroft area last week.

Dogs of various mixed small breeds, including poodles, pekinese, terriers and beagles, were seized when the Ontario SPCA, along with a veterinarian and the OPP, executed a search warrant on April 2.

The animals were wading in liquid feces and were found to be in "very poor condition, some suffering from dehydration, anemia, lethargy and parasites," the SPCA said, adding that some animals required immediate medical treatment.

The SPCA said the facility lacked proper ventilation and had "extremely poor" sanitation. The SPCA said it is likely that the Animal Care Review Board, a voluntary committee set up by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, will determine the fate of the animals, which have been placed in shelters in cities such as Napanee, Brockville, Belleville, Renfrew and Kingston.

If the seizure is determined to be justified, the resident could be forced to surrender the animals, which would then be available for adoption. If convicted, the resident could face up to two years in jail and a fine of $60,000. SPCA officials had received complaints about the resident for 12 years. During that time, many orders were issued and the resident complied, the SPCA said.

Although some animals have been seized over the years, they were returned as a result of compliance, according to the SPCA.


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