I live in PA and there is some serious problems with puppy mills and bybs. There is been a huge uproar from breeders who are not happy with the new standards. I don't think it is a big deal, but I don't breed dogs either. I'm curious if there are any breeders from PA, if so, what are their opinions on this?
I guess I'll have to read more into this...I'd like to know how the kennels requiring upgrades are evaluated. I don't know about any of you, but requiring someone to document in writing how many times, what times, etc a dog has been taken out to exercise doesn't do much for me. I'm sure they'll all be in compliance (in writing). I'm assuming they'll do random inspections, but isn't that a possibility with the way things are now?
I too live in PA, and I am at the least glad to hear they are thinking about this issue and working on cracking down. The amount of seedy pet store just in my area of PA alone, is disgraceful. And sad to say that were most people buy their dogs.
I live on the border of PA, in NY. I just did a radio interview abuot this and I think it is a great plan. There are too many puppy mills in PA. I suspect a woman from PA brought a new strain of parvo into my kennel and I lost 11 puppies in the last month. I think to have the records of how often that are exercised might be asking to, much as people will lie, but it is a step in the right direction. My puppies get like 4 hours of exercise everyday. Moms are vaccinated regularily as are pups. What they are asking is only right. Any responsible, respectable breeder, breeding for the love of the dog, will comply. It's about time.
I feel the same way you do Fergus. But you wouldn't believe how angry so many breeders were when these new rules came out. I did read in the Harrisburg paper last night that a lot of kennels are passing with good scores regardless of the fact that they are clearing disgusting. It is about time that they try to clean up this area. They just raided a few kennels that were breeding hundreds of breeds in deplorable conditions.
I would be in favor of a form of legislation like this. I personally think we need to crack down an poor breeding. One would think if someone takes the time to come onto a board like this that they would be involved enough with dogs to be responsible breeders. Time and time again it's obvious that this is not the case, so you can imagine what the rest of the "breeders" are like.
A cat by any other name... is still a sneaky little furball who pukes on the sofa.
I'm not/never will be a breeder (nothing against breeders), but I do live in PA and I don't trust Rendell's adm to give any real reforms. Call me stupid or whatever,but could anyone tell me why 35deg or even 45deg is an appropriate temp for a dog kennel. I would never expect any of my pets (dogs or birds) to live in anywhere with temps that low. I do live in Southcentral PA and; yes; something has to be done about the deplorable dog/pet breeding situation here! I am not familiar with all pet operations, but am familiar with dogs, exotic birds, horses, and cats. There are some dedicated people breeding/raising/selling in all these, but there are dozens of slimeballs for every couple of good ones!! Off my s/b.
While I no longer live in PA, I was in sheltering/AC for 15 years & still have many close contacts & am pretty well versed on this mess.
Do you realize these regs will include rescues & shelters? It will shut down all but a very few rescues in the state & a great many shelters. Now don't misunderstand, I am in favor of rescues having to be licensed however since most in PA are fosterhome based - I'll just bet those homes will want to delegate a room for the foster dog which will have sealed floors with drains!
There is also one place that it lists ALL the different types of licensees as "dealers".
Rendell bit off way more than he could chew here. Something he knew nothing about, then got a bunch of "fresh outta college" lawyers to write up the regs.
Do you remember when the ASPCA sent out those letters about how wonderful he was & we should all thank him for disbanding the Dog Law Advisory Board. That was his first step in helping the dogs in the mills!
The DLAB was not a law enforcement agency. They did not do kennel inspections nor issue kennel licenses - so how were the conditions in the mills any fault of the DLAB?
I have yet to hear of the first dog that has been helped by anything he has done yet!
Trust me the laws are there, they just need to be enforced & the DW's need backing from the Dept when they write citations & not be made to retract them. We also need the judges to stop treating these citations as nothing serious.
Amen to Rendell's lip service and his effective measures on Anything. Yes, the mess in our area is terrible (York/Lancaster Co's). As I stated, it is not just dogs. I have been an Exotic Bird owner for 20yrs and have met many good people in the bird business, but the real sleazes outnumber the good ones by far. Also, I don't believe there is hardly any regulation/oversight of the bird business.
Suebgone, Sorry it took me so long to get back. Yes, I'm in York Co. I have lived in Dover Twp for the last 13yrs. I know quite a few folks from Red Lion area. I also had a friend; when I still worked; that was into Cocker Rescue and I have several good friends in Parrot rescue. When I lived on a farm in Davidsburg; I used to get horses/ponies/mules that were sold at New Holland stock auction (lots of Amish castoffs) and give them foster care. That was over 30yrs ago though. Sure is a small world.