Animal rights groups want state lawmakers to step in

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Animal rights groups are again calling for state laws to regulate dog and cat breeders after about 90 dogs were found abandoned in southern Oklahoma.

A rancher found the dogs near Marietta and took them to an animal hospital.

About 65 are now being cared for by Southern Oklahoma Animal Resources in Ardmore and the other 25 were sent to a shelter in Bonham, Texas.

Oklahoma doesn't require inspections and has not set standards for dog- and cat-breeding operations.

A bill requiring inspections of breeders who sell more then 25 puppies each year failed in the Legislature earlier this year.

State Representative Lee Denney says she'll offer a similar bill next year if she's re-elected.

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  • by Not Paranoid Location: Oklahoma on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Why is it that everytime we try to pass a bit of legislation regarding animals (as other states have) that we get all paranoid about our right to own pets? People keep screaming "no more laws!" Bad breeders are moving here from other states BECAUSE of our lax laws. There is a reason that Oklahoma is the number 2 puppy producing state in the nation. If you are not an irresponsible dog owner, or trying to make your living by selling puppies, why would you be so reluctant to see a law pass? We have a reputation as a hillbilly state, with people who are as afraid of laws and government control as they were when they were hiding their stills and moonshine. We need to get in line with other states, and quit being paranoid. I don't see people afraid of new laws that protect children, and how that would affect their right to be a parent. Just relax and jump on into reality. The government is not out to get you through pet protection legislation. Sighhhhh
  • by Greatdogs Location: Oklahoma City on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Classified ads in the newspaper advertising several breeds and offering to meet you or come to your home are puppy mills. They do not want you to see where the dogs are raised. Always see the parents. Always ask for the eye certification papers (CERF), and the OFA papers on hips and elbows. People who breed designer mixes are irresponsible breeders. 70% of the dogs in our shelters are "designer mixes." In the OKC shelter right now there are numerous Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Porkies (poodle/yorkie), Shorkies (shi tzu/yorkie), Poochies (poodle/chihuahua)-- these dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm negative and are $25.00. Makes paying $800.00 to a $1000.00 seem kind of stupid doesn't it? Never buy a dog from a Walmart parking lot, off the corner. Many people pay cash for the dog and never get their papers, or cannot locate the "breeder" when the puppy comes down with parvo, and they have a $1000.00 vet bill or the pup dies. People need to wise-up.
  • by GreatDogs Location: Oklahoma City on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    There is already state money set aside in a fund that is not being used because the governing agency was not created. This money did not come from taxes; it came from fees and fines paid though kennel licensure.) Some kennels fall through the cracks. They do not have any kind of licensure that require USDA inspections. (Also a kennel can pass USDA inspection and would still be considered inhumane by most of the public pet owners. USDA says food and water only have to be offered once a day, so imagine in Oklahoma heat that when the water is gone of knocked over that's ok, because you "offered" it earlier that morning. USDA also allows that a dog can live its entire life on a wire-floored 3X3 cage. USDA nor AKC limit how often a female can be bred and how many litters she has.) AKC won't inspect unless there is a complaint. Also AKC very rarely shuts down a kennel or pulls a whole kennel's right to continue the registration. People who sell at flea markets are not inspected.
  • by MM on Aug 26, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    You can donate your own money to go towards putting these puppy mills out of business because i don't want one cent of my tax dollars going towards this.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Aug 26, 2008 at 12:52 AM
    The Humane Society, yes- the bunny-huggers, no.
  • by kat Location: oklahoma on Aug 24, 2008 at 08:51 PM
    yes we do need inspections on these puppy mills .most of these are not fit for these poor animals.better yet shut them down & alt of this woud stop.i know ther will stll be mistreated animals but we have to do somthing .people PLEASE call your congessman or representative we need to push this for somthing to be done.
  • by Someone who knows on Aug 23, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    PUPPY MILLS are kept in business by Brokers and Pet Stores. Stop buying from Pet Stores, and this fill solve alot of the problem. Buy a puppy directly from a breeder and know what you are getting and where its coming from. Puppy Mills do not let people come to their home to buy a puppy, they take all their puppies to Pet Stores and Brokers, and this is where are problem Lies..
  • by Dakota Location: Platter on Aug 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    I would bet a dollar to a donut that whoever did this wouldn't have abided by ANY law in place. I also doubt that 'neighbors' knew all these dogs were wherever they were to even enforce a law. Anyone that would choose to just dump these animals on the side of the road doesn't have enough heart in them to take care of them properly. That means they were probably kept in a very small, confined area such as a small barn or old trailer. David/Sherman - wish I knew who that 'saved 11,000/killed instead' shelter is...
  • by Pet Lover Location: Tishomingo on Aug 22, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    I am sorry David, but somebody who owns nearly 100 dogs is not a pet owner. Nobody wants to stop people from having a couple of little pups. On the other hand if you are living next to me and own 17 dogs you better have a city permit for a kennel. I think you have been reading too many of the forward forward emails. These people who live outside of the city limits are able to keep these horrible puppy mills going, because nobody is watching them. They do this for profit, not because they care about animals.
  • by If there wasn't the demand... on Aug 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    If people didn't want cutesy little puppies or small dogs to use as "fashion accessories", then there wouldn't be this big demand for dogs and the puppy mills would go out of business. Not only that, but people need to be aware of where their animals are coming from... inspect the breeding facilities! It's worth the extra cost!
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