New law requires out-of-state sellers to submit health certificates for imported dogs

Monday September 22nd, 2014

By DogTime

It used to be California was one of only two states that did not require imported dogs to be inspected and issued health certificates upon entry into the state. That will change when a new law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

The bill AB 1809, sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), was just signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law will require out-of-state animal dealers who sell dogs to California consumers or retailers to submit health certificates to county health departments

I worked for a puppy mill

Puppy mill dog

By Josiah M. Hesse Sep 15 2014

For one week during the winter of 2005, I worked for a puppy mill. A friend and I had been hired to drive a van across the country—the company served as a middleman between major dog-breeding facilities in Iowa and various stores between there and New York City. When I signed up for the job, I had no idea that I would be committing a crime, nor that I would be participating in an industry of torture that would haunt me forever.

County saves more than 100 dogs from St. Hedwig puppy mill

By Gilbert Garcia

September 13, 2014 

SAN ANTONIO — When Bexar County animal-care officers entered the St. Hedwig-area farm-road property that Ronald McNeil shares with his sister, they were horrified by what they saw.

In the backyard, they found stacks of cages containing nearly 100 dogs and puppies — mainly Boston terriers and papillons — covered in fecal matter and urine, with one empty cage nearly impenetrable because mold had grown on the dog feces inside.

Nineteen dogs rescued from Lake Worth breeding operation

August 22, 2014

By Anne Geggis, Sun Sentinel

WEST BOCA — — Walking into a backyard breeding operation in Lake Worth last week, Alan Gould first saw three penned Labradors clamoring for attention, their ribs visible.

And then he noticed the smell.

"It was pretty horrific," said Gould, who runs the Darbster Foundation, an animal welfare organization with his wife, Ellen Quinlan. "These dogs had never been bathed."

Randolph looks to ban local ‘puppy mills’

By: CLAIRE KNAPP Contributing Writer

August 12, 2014

For years, people in Randolph have liked to call their community a place “where life is worth living,” and they have been intent on maintaining that status for animals as well as people.

A new ordinance introduced at the July 31 meeting of the Township Council is aimed at doing just that.

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