Horrific News Regarding PA Puppy Mill Today.

August 13th, 2008 by Dan

Unfortunately, I can’t always write about happy dog stories, or I wouldn’t feel like I was maintaining the integrity of The Dog Guide.

It was reported today that in Harrisburg, PA that the owners of 2 commercial kennels chose to shoot 80 dogs, rather than have them examined by a Veterinarian.

The exams were ordered after Elmer Zimmerman received a poor inspection report on July 24th and was cited for dog-law violations. The inspector ordered vet checks on 39 dogs for flea and fly bites. 19 other violations, including extreme heat and lack of bedding were found as well. After the inspection, Elmer and his brother Ammon, shot a total of 80 small breed dogs including poodles, cocker spaniels and shih tzus.

Zimmerman said, “They were old, and we were hearing that they don’t want kennels anymore.The best thing to do was get rid of them.” While it is legal for owners in the state of PA to “put down” a dog by shooting it, Gov. Ed Rendell is currently working to have this changed. The new legislation would only allow veterinarians to euthanize animals – including dogs in commercial kennels.

Orlando Aguirre was the inspector who cited Zimmerman for the violations. She says, “That someone would shoot 70 dogs rather than spend money to do a vet check is extremely problematic. If the definition of a puppy mill is putting profits over care of the dogs, this is a stark example of doing that.”

Please check out United Against Puppy Mills for more information on Puppy Mills in the state of Pennsylvania.

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