Dog Breeders, Kennel Owners Dislike Proposed Regulations

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Pennsylvania kennel operators are upset over proposed new dog care regulations being considered by the state Department of Agriculture. According to Evan Heusinkveld, associate director of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the rules could force hundreds of breeders and kennels to go out of business. The new regulations would affect anyone who cares for 26 or more dogs during the course of a year.

Among the proposed regulations that critics are especially upset about is a requirement to exercise each of their dogs for 20 minutes a day on a leash. They object that hunting does not count as exercise, nor do field trials or other forms of sport. If a kennel owner does not exercise a dog for a day, an excuse must be obtained from a vet.

Requirements also call for air and floor surfaces to be maintained at specific temperatures. Cracked concrete floors must be replaced or fixed immediately.

After releasing the proposed regulations, the Department of Agriculture was inundated with 16,000 comments, more than any Pennsylvania state agency has ever received during a comment period. Special deputy secretary of dog law enforcement Jessie Smith noted that 12,000 of those comments were form letters submitted by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and were supportive of the effort to reform conditions in commercial kennels. The state also received a number of letters from sportsmen, she said. The department is now in the process of responding to those letters.

Critics like Heusinkveld said the state needs to differentiate between large scale breeding facilities and smaller operations. Heusinkveld said the state needs to define what a puppy mill is and go after those establishments.

Smith said she prefers to use the term “substandard commercial breeding kennel” rather than puppy mill. The state has increased law enforcement against such facilities, she said, and recently hired four new inspectors to focus on large facilities.

The department plans to issue a second revision of the regulations by the end of the year. A public hearing will be held on the regulations in early 2008.

Source: Daily American

17 Responses to “Dog Breeders, Kennel Owners Dislike Proposed Regulations”

  1. JB says:

    It’s nice to see that PA is finally doing something about their puppy mill problem. I hope to see similar legislation here in Ohio where puppy mills are also abundant.

  2. catmom5 says:

    Sorry, but most of the regulations mentioned seem okay to me. It’s about time we dealt with puppy mills and the “large scale breeders” IMHO. I know there’s going to be an outcry, but the bottom line to me is the wellbeing of the animals!

  3. Jenny Bark says:

    I live in Pa & I AGREE with this. We have to stop the puppy mills & we sure to have them. There is nothing wrong with this law, that cement gets really hot in the summer & cold in the winter. If you can’t spend 20 minutes with each dog you should not have any dog PERIOD.

  4. Lioness says:

    This is GOOD! I don’t agree with hunting or field trials not counting–that’s exercise–but they should be exercised, even on the days such things do not occur.

    WTG, PA! Stick to your guns! Our animals deserve this!

    ~The Lioness

  5. G in INdiana says:

    The exercise thing seems all well and good, but when it is 20 below zero (and it does get that cold here in the Midwest) my three dogs don’t want to go for any minute walk. It is just do the business and back into the warmth. Same thing when it is over 85 and humid as hades. They go out, do their business and back into the A/C.
    In all actuality, they don’t even like walking when it is above 80 or below 20 above zero (I make them). Wimps, I tell ya.
    That said, it is a struggle to walk 3 of them with out one of them grabbing a dead rodent, rolling in fox feces, or treeing a raccoon! And that is on leashes!!!
    There has to be some guidelines and some exceptions built into this.
    I also think they need to leave the puppy mill tag ON the legislation. Call it what it is, not fancy it up with some $10 words.

  6. 2CatMom says:

    G: I know, there’s always some lunatic who takes these things too far, but I don’t think that the average dog owner has to worry about this. 26 dogs is a lot more than most pet owners, even foster homes have.

    But there has to be some way to force the puppy mills to provide some minimal care for these animals. And given how few people there will be to enforce this, you know its only going to be the worst of the worst that get caught by this.

  7. Christine says:

    I do not own a commercial breeding kennel, however I am a small breeder and find these new regulations to be assanine! With only 10 dogs on my premesis, these proposed regulations are impossible & impractical. A breeder cannot run around with each indivigual dog on a leash fo r20 minutes daily!!! My dogs recieve several hours of exercize daily, but almost none of it is on a leash. The exercize my dogs recieve, and the exercize most dogs in good kennels recieve off leash far surpass the exercize of most pet dogs in this country. So, because I’m not taking 5 hours out of each day just to walk each dog for 20 min, does not make ANYONE a bad breeder. Its blatantly unreasonable and is taking breeders away from mor eimportant chores they can be doing while the dogs are chasing each other around thier play yard, off leash @@
    The chores I have are astronimical … cleaning is something done several times a day. My yard is hosed down daily, bleached 2-3x weekly. I have numerous cracks, some getting quite wide, in my concrete. Problem is, concrete is porus, and constant washing combined with weather will cause stress cracks several times a year. So, according to these regulations, a cracked concrete surface is grounds for one’s livliehood to be taken away because the fines are too hefty for the breeder to pay?
    Where has common sense gone? OPEN YOUR EYES!!! These are NOT the regulations that are required to keep sanitary, healthy conditions in commercial kennels - these are regulations that will drive honest people out of breeding altogether. And regardless of whether anyone likes it or not, commercial breeders have every right to pursue happiness by breeding dogs, so long as it is done humanely & ethically.

  8. Lynn says:

    Sorry, I think these rules are just fine. There does not appear to be a restriction to exercise taken out of doors on a leash, so that would mean [to me] that indoors is fine.

    For those who find it’s a real issue in terms of time committed………..my only comment is that animals need exercise. Frankly, I’m more for the animal than the breeder.

  9. Realist says:

    I think we need a law to “drive honest people out of breeding”. With the millions of animals put to sleep in county-assisted shelters across the country each year a few less breeders seems like a good step. Yes I know that responsible breeders regularly neuter/spay and only sell to good people but perhaps those people looking for a dog will just have to go to the shelter this way.

    Also, if your only source of income is the reproduction and sale of dogs as commodities then I don’t really think you have the best interest of the animals in mind. Sorry, but that’s how I read it.

  10. 2CatMom says:

    Christine - if off leash won’t do - walk them in groups - dog walkers do it all the time. If you have only 10 dogs and you walk three to five of them at a time, hey that would take you about an hour minutes. If you don’t have an hour to walk 10 dogs, you shouldn’t have them.

    And I’m sure you’re not stupid so you know exactly why that requirement was put in place. So that breeders can’t leave their animals in cages all day to urinate and deficate all over themselves and other animals.

    Sorry, but I just can’t hold a pity party for you.

  11. Denise says:

    To Christine:

    it sounds like you’re already doing all the things proposed in the legislation so what’s the problem?…I thought it was for 26+ dogs, you have 10???

    dog breeding in this country is out-of-control, hobby breeders are just as much a part of the problem, pay no taxes, report no income, don’t want any rules or regulations trampling over their free unencumbered reign to bring more animals into the world while 5+ milllion are killed every year simply because there is no place for them…gimme a break!

  12. Tanya says:

    Puppy mills disgust me, let me set the record straight. but i don’t care if there are responsible breeders breeding quality animals for people who want particular pets.

    If you run cattle, you want horses of a particular line, so they are strong enough and smart enough to work the cattle. you also want dogs that are particular breeds and lines for the same reason. cows are big bucks, you want to protect them the best you can.

    If i’m an old lady who just loves princess dogs, what the hell is wrong with that? so what if you think that the ‘Hobby” people should pay taxes, maybe they should but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exist or that they are adding to teh unwanted pet population.

    I’m sorry, but we all have particular tastes. All my cats were pretty, luxuray type cats, they just are. it’s what i like. and that is not a crime, nor does it contribute to anything but my happiness and love of pets.

  13. Tanya says:

    2 cat mom. apparently you can’t read what christian or the article stated about exercise.

    Out in Colorado, several of my friends run Sheltie and other sheeping dogs. they are also breeders, just like most working dog owners are. Due to the live style of sheeping dogs, they are almost never on leash. but the regulations in this law would say that teh work that goes into training these dogs daily, does not “count” as exercise or socialization time.

    Small dogs often do not WANT 20 minutes of exercise on a leash, nor do they need it. if they are home dogs, they go out to do thier business, the “exercise” they have is inside with teh family.

    one size fits all does not apply at all to dog breeders.

    and you can stick your “breeding should be outlawed in general” attitude where the sun doesn’t shine. if you know anything about breeding , good honest breeders don’t do it for money, but because they love the animals, and it’s part of the life of working dogs.

  14. 2CatMom says:

    Tanya - I have never said that breeding should be oulawed. So apparently you ability to read leaves something to be desired. What I did say is that its to prevent puppy mill breeders from letting their dogs deficate and urinate on themselves and other dogs. You say you hate puppy mills, well who do you think the law is directed at?

    And you know what, if you have a little dog and you take it out for a whopping whole 10 minute walk twice a day so it can do its business then you meet the criteria. Even little dogs like to take a little walk, sniff a few trees, mark a few lamp posts.

    And this law is for PA not CO. So what do your friends in CO have to do with a PA law? Do you understand that PA has had an explosion of puppy mills and at least they are trying to put some type of minimum standards in place?

    Yeah, you’re just a ‘little old lady who loves princess dogs.’ Good, I’ll direct you some web sites where you can purchase some genuine PA bred puppy mill princess dogs that are genetically defective, have deformed bones due to lack of exercise and poor diet, who have sores and parasites due to having to deficate on themselves, colds and runny noses from living outside on concrete in the freezing cold.

    After you adopt a few and spend thousands of dollars to have them die or end of with a chronically sick pet, we’ll see just how sympathetic you are to the PA puppy mills.

    Maybe should you learn a little something about what’s going on where the legislation is being considered before you participate on a blog.

  15. Dog Boarding Melbourne says:

    I think these regulations are good. It promotes a health and safety for our pets…

  16. Lois Schwarz says:

    ok, here is the thing… tell me if you will please (if you can) What is the legal definition of a ‘Commercial Breeder’ is. I dont want your opinion please…
    This is the problem right here… in a nut shell. Every ‘county’ has its own definition of what a commercial breeder is. did you see that i used the word COUNTY… we have at least 60 different counties in this one stateand they all have a different definition. First and foremost we need to All get on the same page. I have to fill out this application for kennel permit. They got me to check mark ‘Commercial Kennel’ but i added a note that i do not and still today do not feel i am a commercial kennel. We live out in the rural area. We have five acres of land that is all fenced. The man next to me has about 10 large pigs and he breeds them all and sells them. He has a barn and stalls and litters. I have a barn and dog sheds and the pens are about 1/10th acre each. They have running water and trees, bushes etc. They live in a pack situation. I have three large females and two males. I sell about four - six litters a year and do not sell ‘lots’ or whole litters. I sell to individuals who are looking for the type of dog i breed. If this legislation passes it will define what the heck a commercial breeder is and i will finally be glad of that. As for the rules and regulations of commercial kennels, i personally feel that as long as their animals, (be it pigs or horses or farm yard animals) are not hurting, starving or in great pain that is forced on them deliberatly and not an accident (malace), then everyone else should mind their own business.

  17. DOG LOVER says:

    ISN’T THIS A STUPID WORLD
    THERE WILL BE NO DOGS OR VERY FEW IN 10 YEARS.
    I WORK IN A KENNEL. I DON’T GET PAID. THE OWNERS ARE NICE PEOPLE. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU OTHER SO CALLED DOG LOVER AND OF COURSE ALL THE TROUBLE MAKERS OUT THERE.
    1.Q.YOU WANT TO STOP DOG BREEDING.
    A.DOGS LIVE APP. 10-20 YEARS. YOU STOP BREEDING DOGS AT AROUND 4-6 YEARS. SO SIX YEARS FROM NOW THERE WILL BE NO DOGS. IF WE AGREE WITH THE NEW LAWS, YOU WILL NOT SEE A PUPPY AROUND IN 6 YEARS. AND IF THEY AJUST THE LAWS WHERE YOU CAN BREED A COUPLE OF DOGS A YEAR. IT IS JUST LIKE GAS. THE DEMAND WILL BE SO HIGH.THE 500.00 PUPPY WILL NOW BE 1500.00 OR MORE. NOW DO YOU WANT TO PAY 2000.00 FOR FEE FEE OR 500.00. BREEDERS DO NOT DREED MORE DOGS THAN THEY CAN SALE. THEY CAN’T MAKE MONEY THAT WAY. DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY BREED TO GIVE THE PUPPIES TO SHELTERS. YOU DON’T SEE THAT KIND OF DOG IN SHELTER. I USED TO WORK IN A SHELTER, THEY ARE LIKE CAR SALESMAN, THEY TELL YOU WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO GET YOU TO TAKE THE DOG HOME.(WE GOT IT OUT OF A ABUSED HOME-KENNEL) (IT IS A PURE BREED DOG) I HEARD SO MANY LIES TOLD TO PEOPLE I COULD NOT STAND IT NO MORE. AND THEN THE GOV. GIVES THEM MORE GRANT MONEY. AND IF YOU WANT TO REALLY GET PISSED. CHECK INTO PITTA THE SO CALLED DOG PROTECTER THAT ALL OF THIS CRAP STARTED. THEY HAVE SHELTERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. AND THEY PUT APP. 90% OF THERE DOGS ASLEEP IN 24 HOURS AFTER GETTING THEM DOCUMENTED. THEY DON’T KEEP THEM NO TIME TO TRY TO HELP THEM FIND A NEW HOME. LOOK IT UP. IT WIL;L SURPRISE YOU.

    2. Q.PUPPY MILLS.
    TO ME A PUPPY MILL IS A KENNEL THAT FEEDS THE CHEAPEST DOG FOOD, NO HEAT IN WINTER. NO FANS OR A/C IN SUMMER. DOES NOT PET DOGS OR PUPPIES. DOES NOT TRY TO TAKE THE TIME AND MONEY TO BETTER THE BREED OR BLOOD LINE. DOES NOT VET THE DOGS OR PUPPIES. DOES NOT GIVE SHOTS. NO FLEA CONTROLL. AND I’M SURE YOU GET THE IDEAL.
    A. THE PEOPLE THAT I JUST TALKED ABOUT IS A PUPPY MILL. AND THEY NEED TO BE PUT IN A CAGE, GAVE WATER THAT HASN’T BEEN CHANGED IN A WEEK. AND FEED THEM ROAD KILL THAT IS A WEEK OLD. WELL YOU GET THE IDEAL.
    THERE IS ALREADY LAWS PROTECTING DOGS AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE THIS. THE INFORCERS OF THESE LAWS JUST NEED TO STEP UP AND DO THERE JOBS.

    THE DOGS THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT IS THE FEMALE DOG THAT IS TIED UP OUT SIDE, WHEN SHE COMES IN HEAT. THE DOG RESCUSES AND POUND HAVE VERY FEW PUREBRED DOGS. THEY MOSTLY HAVE MUTTS OR DOGS WHERE GRANDMA DIED AND THEY ENDED UP WITH IT.
    I DON’T KNOW REALLY WHAT TO SAY TO YOU GUYS. BUT IF YOU LET THE NEW LAWS PASS. YOU WILL NOT SEE A PUPPY IN 10 YEARS. YOU GUYS ARE WANTING TO TAKE CARE OF DOGS THAT IS ALREADY BEING TAKEN CARE OF WHEN THE LAW DOES THERE JOB. AND I GO TO CITIES AND I SEE MORE PEOPLE PUSHING GROCERY CARTS WITH ALL THERE BELONGINGS IN IT, THEN I DO DOGS RUNNING LOOSE. ISN’ THIS A FUNNY WORLD. I THINK I WOULD TAKE ALL THIS ENERGY AND WORRY ABOUT WHAT WE COULD DO ABOUT THE HOME LESS IN THIS WORLD. SO PASS THE NEW DOG LAWS IN STEAD OF MAKING THE POLICE DO THERE JOB THAT THE LAWS ALREADY DOES THAT. AND THE PURE BREED DOGS WILL BE RIGHT UNDER POLLAR BEARS AND DINASOURS.


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