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September 23rd, 2011 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Oh Canada Lovers.

This just in as breaking news from CNN this morning…..

City bans sale of pets bred at ‘puppy mills’

Pet stores in Toronto will no longer be able to sell dogs and cats, as Toronto council voted to crack down on so-called “puppy mills” – inhumane dog and cat breeders that are currently illegal in the province.Council voted Wednesday, Sept. 21, to effectively close a loophole that made it possible for the unlawful breeders to sell the animals they raise through pet stores.

While most pets stores have voluntarily stopped selling the animals, council voted to make it mandatory. Under the new bylaw, the only way a pet store can provide pets is in partnership with an animal rescue organization, Toronto’s Animal Control Services or the Toronto Humane Society.According to Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, the new bylaw should make it more difficult for illegal puppy mills – of which there are estimated to be 100 – to operate.

“The goal of this motion is to stop animal cruelty,” De Baeremaeker said. “We know we will never shut down puppy mills. But hopefully through this we can stop these fly-by-night operations.”

De Baeremaeker pointed to evidence of cruelty in illegal puppy mills in which animals are crammed into stacked cages, often forced to defecate on one another. He said that those animals ultimately become the sad responsibility of taxpayers.

“It’s not just taxpayers buying bad merchandise, but what happens when you get a dog with a severe behavioural problems. You know where that dog ends up? In Toronto Animal Services at one of our pounds. We all have to pay to feed and retrain that animal and we pay to euthanize that animal if it’s unadoptable because of its aggression problems.”

Under the bylaw, licensed dog breeders would also be prohibited from selling in pet shops, but would continue to be able to sell from their own facilities.


I think this is wonder news.  Just wonderful.  I have been involved in too many puppy mill busts and I would like to see the evil millers in jail.

On the other hand, back in the USA, the AKC has a different outlook.  You have to read it to believe it.  I was rubbing my eyes in shock.  In the current Tally Ho (Basset Hound Club of America Publication) there is an article written by Barbara Wicklund updating the club on the AKC and their declining registration fees. I quote….

AKC Delegate’s Report by Barbara Wicklund……

Barbara states……

“A presentation was given by the new marketing director, Lisa Gonzales, who is embarking on a campaign to increase registrations.  They have additional commercial breeders (formerly known as puppy mills, but that term is no longer politically correct) on board.  The next step is to “educate” the large number of “casual breeders,” (formerly known as backyard breeders who breed “Occasionally,” defined as 3 litters a year.  I for one hope the “education” includes the use of written contracts that require their dogs to be returned to them instead of being turned in to kill shelters or to the 50 overcrowded Basset Hound rescue groups around the county. “


Comments anyone?

The AKC has puppy mills on board?  The AKC is hoping for back yard breeders to get on board.

What is going on?


Ozark Mountain Basset Hound Rescue saved 24 mill basset hounds recently. This is a video how transport coordinator, Tanya Kittrell, arranged a massive effort to get 5 of these hounds to two different basset hound rescues, (Mid-Atlantic and New England Basset Hound Rescue) . It involved 22 legs and took place this weekend (8/17-19/07). This video does not include the 19th. I hope to do part two. I have one hope for this video. Please help shut down puppy mills. These poor dogs are so abused. When you get a dog, know where it comes from. Please do not shop at a pet store. Sweet hounds like this suffer. Also, look at the work it takes for many people to rescue and save the dogs who are lucky. Thank you for reading this from, the 24 puppy mill hounds who do not want others to live in hell. Slurp!

More wondering why later…..Cat, Chaps and Emma

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  1. lois
    September 23rd, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    money talks. easier to avoid controversy than it is to deal with it & take an unpopular stance. lots of $$ from those mills..(yeah i said the bad word) …some of them “breeders” are powerful folks & don’t want the situation to change…dogs welfare be damned.

    because really does it matter that the dogs are from sub-standard lines or from crappy mills? no..rescue will come in to save them..& then rescue looks good ..it’s a feel good thing…& the akc looks good..see we have wonderful rescue folks who save dogs lives.

    millers get to continue making $$ & such & no one is any wiser…crappy breeding or not. akc still turns out dogs & champions etc. it’s the best of both worlds (not really )

    it is a chicken crap way of doing things..the cowards way out…

    there is a pet store by me that goes out of business every year or so. there are complaints, protests etc. people hate it. everyone is up in arms about it..but yet folks go in there & buy dogs because they are “rescuing these poor dogs from the mills” hello? really? at 3x the price you would pay for the better quality dog from a reputable breeder…i think not.

    personally i just think the akc is an organization with no spine & it’s eyes shielded by $$ (but this is just my opinion)..if they wanted mills & backyard breeders to be shut down..they would be in a heartbeat. but alas there would be less $$ around.

  2. Sandy Kohler
    September 23rd, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    This makes me so mad, i cant even stand it. These people dont even deserve jail. What is wrong with these people? I will never buy a puppy again. All of mine are rescues and they are the world to me. We all need to fight to end these mills. I want to puke when i thhink of the suffering these animals endure.

  3. MaureenandSlinky
    September 23rd, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    I love to think of these Bassets going to loving forever homes.

  4. September 23rd, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    I think the AKC stinks. This is the idea that the new AKC Marketing person comes up with? For puppy mills to to register their sick pups? Personally, I don’t think the majority of folks care of their pup is registered AKC. It does nothing for the pup or for the owner. I think the AKC is becoming irrelevant.

    It always, always boils down to money. Here we have a huge city in Canada doing something positive to stem the flow of millers and back yard breeders but right across the boarder we have the AKC encouraging more sick mill puppies. Barbara provided the quote that the millers, not the PC name according the AKC, are already on board.

    This is current news and I don’t see Barbara talking about this on any of the internet boards she is on. It was a short article buried in the back of the Tally Ho. It was a shameful article hanging in a darkened corner.

    Commercial breeders my A$$. I am furious.

    Barbara goes further and states that she thinks there should be education for the millers and the BYB that they take back a sick or unwanted pup or dog.

    What delusional world is that coming from? Can you imagine giving a mill dog back to a mill?

    It is perfectly clear that the AKC has no interest in healthy dogs if this is what they are doing to get money.

    My question is…..Why do we need the AKC?

    More questions about the AKC later…..

  5. Helena Poist
    September 23rd, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Follow the money. it is always about the money. The AKC wants the money from registering backyard breeders. When people relinguish their dogs, does it matter that they have papers. No one cares. Unless the dog comes from a championship line and is being shown; the papers are useless. Many of these papered dogs are poorly bred.
    The AKC wants to perpetuate themselves and create a source of funding for their operations, in whatever way they can.

  6. September 23rd, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    The AKC has been actively pursing millers for years. Go to any mill auction and they will be there trying to get you to register your dogs with them. In fairness, the other “registries” are usually there too. A registration doesn’t really mean a lot now because if an animal is breathing you can get it registered.

    Too much $$ to have things like ethics get in the way.

    And, remember, it was the US government that set up puppy mills after WWII. Now their only concern is the fees paid each year by the poeple who allow so many animals to suffer so horribly.

  7. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    September 24th, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Yeah, rescue will help. A feel good thing. Well, rescue isn’t making any money like AKC. They work hard to get donations to take care of these sick dogs and a lot of times have to turn them away. If the AKC is going to promote BYB and mills then they need to allot some money to rescue.

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