Court Rules Woman Accused Of Running Jackson County Puppy Mill Will Not Regain Custody Of Dogs

By: Leslie Rubin, Jeffrey A. Morris

Updated: Monday, October 6, 2014

RIPLEY, W.Va. -- The woman accused of running a puppy mill in Jackson County will not regain custody of her dogs after a ruling in Jackson County Court Monday.

Shirley Rhodes, of Cottageville will also pay $40,000 in restitution for the animal care that has been provided.

Westchester lawmakers want to combat 'puppy mills'

By: Cara Matthews

September 29, 2014

Legislation proposed by several Westchester County lawmakers would strengthen protections against sales of dogs from "puppy mills" and set standards for care and feeding of cats and dogs for sale.

New Rochelle pet lover and animal activist Dianne Heim said she was surprised to learn that when she complained about a pet store she suspected sold puppy mill dogs that city officials had no authority to intervene.

Miami-Dade imposes new rules for puppy sales

BY Douglas Hanks

09/24/2014

How much is that doggie in the window — also, was it imported from Colombia?

A new Miami-Dade law requires pet shops to advertise the source of dogs for sale, a measure designed to flag some far-flung providers of local puppies.

With Colombia the top exporter of dogs into the United States and a heavy user of Miami ports, local regulators expect to see Bogota show up as a puppy source in Miami-Dade. Backers of the new law say it will give potential dog buyers a chance to research breeders and rethink whether it makes sense to buy.

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