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Humane Society Unveils New AKC Puppy Mill Connection

(PUPPY MILLS) A new report released by the Humane Society brings to light more abuse of AKC-registered dogs at puppy mills and new shocking information about the organization. It criticizes the AKC for catering to the interest of large scale commercial breeders rather than high-quality small scale breeders in their registry. Numerous puppy-mill operators at facilities that passed AKC inspection have been charged with animal cruelty. The HSUS also found that in 2012 alone, the AKC asked its supporters to oppose many laws that would prevent animal abuse such as leaving dogs in hot cars, stacked wire cages, and keeping dogs in kennels for more then 14 hours a day. The report calls for the AKC to distance itself from large commercial breeders and go back to supporting small, responsible, premium breeders. It’s time for the AKC to become part of the solution instead of the problem. Read on for more of the HSUS upsetting findings, and click the take action link to find out what you can do to help. — Global Animal 

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States released a report calling on the American Kennel Club to reverse course and support

Voice your support against puppy mills and changing AKC standards.

efforts to protect dogs from the worst abuses at puppy mills. The report also criticizes AKC for pandering to the interests of large-scale, commercial breeding facilities rather than serving smaller-scale, high-quality breeders who make up the majority of AKC.

The report notes that numerous puppy mill operators who have been charged with animal cruelty have been selling AKC-registered puppies and some of them even passed AKC inspections.

“The American Kennel Club bills itself as ‘The Dog’s Champion,’ but our report shows a pattern of activity that is entirely at odds with that self-description,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “The AKC has opposed more than 80 bills and proposals in the last five years that would have implemented common-sense, humane standards of care at large-scale breeding facilities. We are shocked that a group that should be standing shoulder to shoulder with us is constantly lined up with the puppy mill industry.”

The report is based on information uncovered during HSUS-assisted raids of puppy mills, AKC “alerts” sent to breeders, materials published on AKC’s website, and AKC’s lobbying activities over the past five years.

Among the findings:

  • Humane organizations have assisted law enforcement in rescuing suffering dogs from large puppy mills whose operators regularly registered dogs with AKC. In just the past six months, this includes three facilities in North Carolina where more than 250 dogs were caged in squalor. Ironically, the AKC’s primary office is located in Raleigh.
  • Over the past five years, AKC has opposed more than 80 different state bills and local ordinances designed to provide stronger protections for dogs in puppy mills. The group has opposed landmark measures enacted in Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Texas, Washington, and other states.
  • Since the end of the 1990s, when AKC was facing a boycott of its registry by large-scale, commercial dog breeding facilities, the group has dedicated significant resources to fighting laws that would regulate those facilities.
  • In 2012 alone, AKC asked its supporters to oppose:
    • Laws in several states that would have required puppy producers to comply with basic care standards
    • Legislation in three states that would have prevented the debarking of dogs without a medical reason
    • An ordinance in a Tennessee town designed to prevent dogs from being left in hot cars
    • A Rhode Island state bill to prevent people from chaining or crating a dog for more than 14 hours a day
    • A Louisiana state bill that would have prevented breeding facilities from keeping dogs in stacked, wire-floored cages
  • AKC has attempted to deflect independent regulation of large-scale breeders on grounds that it maintains an internal kennel inspections program, but standards for the program are unclear and its results unpublished. The HSUS report discloses that some puppy mills had been “inspected” by AKC but were still the subject of law enforcement-led rescues—with facility operators later convicted of animal cruelty on account of the poor conditions of their dogs.
  • Most recently, AKC has been lobbying breeders to oppose a proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that would regulate Internet puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act. AKC’s chair described the regulations as “onerous,” even though the proposal includes exemptions for breeders with fewer than five breeding female dogs as well as breeders who sell only to buyers they meet in person.

While the AKC does have beneficial programs such as an annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day and AKC Companion Animal Recovery disaster relief assistance, these make up just a tiny percentage of AKC’s annual outlays. Therefore, the report calls on AKC to distance itself from the large-scale, commercial dog-breeding industry and return to its original focus of representing small, premium, responsible breeders who belong to national breed clubs, participate in dog shows and other events, and have the welfare of their dogs as their top priority.

The report comes a week before the close of the public comment period on the USDA’s retail pet stores rule, a rule designed to ensure that large-scale puppy producers (like the one in the video above) who sell animals online or by mail or phone sight-unseen be regulated just like the producers who sell to pet stores. Concerned citizens can voice their support for the rule at humanesociety.org/usdapuppymills.

Read the full HSUS report: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/report_akc_breeders.pdf

More Humane Society of the United States: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/07/akc_puppy_mills_

 

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  5. Rose O'Donnell Mulcahy February 18, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Again, a report from a study issued last year by The Humane Society of the U.S. regarding the links between puppy mills and The American Kennel Club. Is anyone paying attention?

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    Joe Drager July 26, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Can anyone tell me why the Humane Society of the Unites States has any credibility at all when less than 1% of its entire budget goes to actually helping pets in need?

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      WildlandsMan July 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Most of the humane laws we have today are because of HSUS.
      The most cruel and inhumane factory farming practices are crumbling before our eyes – mostly due to HSUS.
      Thousands of puppy mills have closed due to HSUS laws, and that lessens the burden on shelters and stops the birth of millions of mill dogs (who will live suffer from sickness and/or end up in shelters).
      Although HSUS’s mission is national, legislative and educational, they give shelters and rescues millions each year, fund shelter programs, and pet adoption promotion programs/advertisements.
      HSUS runs 6 state of the art sanctuaries and rehab facilities. They save the lives of thousands of animals every year and give refuge to thousands more.
      HSUS rescues thousands each year from puppy mills, hoarders, and natural disasters and national emergencies.
      HSUS is truly a friend to animals – and truly an enemy to animal exploiters.

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    Howard Hail July 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Those who have actually read the so called loop hole know that this ruling does not affect the large scale volume breeder at all. It will affect all rescues and show and hobby breeder which is who HSUS and animal rights radical want to shut down because they are the only place one can get well bred healthy dogs from people who stand behind their dogs. Show breeder do not want to put their dogs in the kennels or raise their puppies according the USDA guidelines. You may ask why and if you are not just a puppet of HSUS Then you will understand. THe USDA guidelines require puppies to be raised on concrete isolated from all other dogs, animals, children and even their mother after weaning until these puppies are 4months old. Study after study shows that home raised puppies have better immune systems and are easier to train. HSUS wants no one to own a pet as that is enslavement according to HSUS. That is the only reason they are pushing to inspect people’s homes. Once you make a law that allows the inspection of a home that is not a business they you have lost your rights as a citizen. Show and hobby breeders do not run a business. HSUS has been lying for so long that the pubic thinks a puppy mill is behind every house. This is not true and never has been. So HSUS upped what is abuse, so using a treadmill is abuse, using a leash and a collar is abuse, using a crate to house break a puppy is abuse, providing water the isn’t ice cold is abuse, and now not brushing your dog’s teeth is abuse. They keep on adding things that are not a dogs normal desire habit or behavior and calling it abuse. As a vet I have seen some of the so called raids on supposedly abused animals. These animals were healthy well fed and well groomed, but the HSUS took them saying the water wasn’t cold enough. Normally, the kennel owner would have been told to supply colder water, but dogs don’t like to drink cold water. So HSUS talked the local animal control into taking these animals. This is theft under the color of law. If the judge has any common decency he will return these animals. HSUS is now on its way into court for breaking the law. Not for raiding but for lying and bribing a witness. That is the people you so admire. Its time for the public to wake up and see the true goals of HSUS is to make millions of dollars while the real shelters suffer for lack of funds. HSUS doesn’t give any money for the direct care of animals to other shelters. The give less than 1% to their own horse sanctuary and other sanctuaries they raided for the money in their bank accounts. HSUS is a scam organization and soon they will be outed as they are now coming under investigation by the IRS.