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Mary Roberts • December 14, 2010

I am a member of the dog police.

No, I’m not an animal control officer, and I don’t have a trained police dog attentive and alert to my wishes. The only time my dogs jump smartly to attention is when the refrigerator door opens.

In my dog police alias, I spring into action whenever I hear the words “we are thinking of getting a dog.” That’s when I glide uncomfortably close to you and ask, “And from where are you getting this said dog?” (I’m not invited to many parties.)

If you are already gushing about Precious and his adorable antics, I ask, “And from whence did you get this aforementioned canine?”

You assure me that he was adopted from a shelter or that you found him lying helpless in a gutter. Or, unperturbed by my rudeness, you say, “He was so cute, and at $200 off the regular price, we got him from the pet store.”

I glide away, unable to pursue further conversation. Some say I should take that opportunity to educate the person about shelter dogs, puppy mills and doing the right thing.

They already have the dog, and wagging my finger at them for their ignorance is pointless. So I’m wagging my finger at you.

At this time of year, normally thoughtful people decide that a new puppy is the ideal Christmas gift. Trust me … it’s not.

If you must ignore my protestations, here are some facts:

> 3 to 4 million healthy and adoptable dogs are euthanized every year in shelters.

> Only 21 percent of Americans get their dogs from shelters.

> Most Americans blame the shelter dogs for their circumstances.

> Most Americans are wrong.

 

This past November, Missouri passed puppy-mill legislation that limited large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities to 50 breeding dogs. It also demands such luxury amenities as yearly vet checks, daily food, clean water, rest periods between breeding cycles and, oh, yes, decent housing.

Most of these puppy-mill dogs are sold at pet stores and on the Internet.

Some pet stores advertise that they do not sell dogs from puppy mills. Ask the owners if they have visited all their providers and assured themselves that the hundreds of dogs in wire cages are just part of one big happy family.

With the passage of the Missouri bill and the crackdown of large-scale facilities in other states, we will see thousands of dogs dumped at auctions and at shelters.

You have a chance to make a difference with these dogs and the thousands of others that are still at shelters and breed rescues.

When you buy from a pet store or off the Internet, you are supporting an industry that treats dogs as a cash crop and not the loyal and beloved companions they have become.

Go to the humane society, Animal House, www.petfinder.com, find a breed rescue. Or find a reputable professional breeder whose bottom line is the health and welfare of the breed and not their profit statements.

Do your homework. We do more research trying to find a dishwasher than we do to find a steady and true friend.

And if you spot me at a party this holiday (a rare occurrence), I would love to see some photos of your new adopted best friend.

Do Your Doggone Homework Article

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SAFE@HOME: Dognap 101: How to protect your pet from theft

By FRANK FOURCHALK, Special to QMI Agency

Dogs are kind, loyal members of the family. Canadians love dogs: 30% of us have one. The bad news is that thousands of dogs are stolen across Canada each year by pet thieves.

It’s difficult to keep your dog under lock and key 24 hours a day. However, you can minimize the risk of theft by understanding the problem.

Wendt Worth Corgis fencing keeps dog within boundaries and thieves out!

Wendt Worth Corgis fencing keeps dog within boundaries and thieves out!

A dog may be stolen for a variety of reasons. Someone may have simply taken a fancy to the animal and wants a pet of her own. Or perhaps an estranged partner views the pet as his property and decides to organize a dog-napping. The theft could also be driven by puppy mills, where operators seek fresh breeding stock, or perhaps underground dogfighters on the lookout for breeds to be used in training.

Another problem is that some people will pay for purebred animals without getting the proper registration papers. With pedigree dogs costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, a market for canine theft opens up. After all, it’s all about supply and demand.

So how can you prevent a pet thief from stealing your precious family member? To start with, make sure you spay or neuter your pet and indicate so on its collar. The experts tell us this is the best way to defend against unlawful breeders looking for purebreds.

Beware of strangers who seem overly interested in your pet. If they ask about the breeding or buying of your pet, tell them your animal has been fixed. Don’t ever talk to a stranger about your pet’s bloodline or special abilities. It’s a good idea to discreetly find out the person’s name and address, if possible, and note their licence number if they’re driving a vehicle.

Educate your neighbours about keeping an eye on suspicious activity toward animals in your neighbourhood. When at home, don’t leave your dog outside on a tethered leash for extended periods of time. Away from home, try not to leave Fido unattended in your vehicle or tied up outside a store or eatery.

If you’re able, erect a secure fence around your property that includes a gate with a double cylinder (keyed both sides) deadbolt lock. Having to scale the fence to get in and out (with the animal!) makes it difficult for a dog thief.

Why not consider buying pet insurance from a company that covers the cost of locating a missing animal? There are companies that offer $1,000 worth of advertising and reward expenses with no deductible.

If you are sure someone has stolen your pet, contact the police and make sure they take a stolen property report. Blanket your immediate area with flyers, posting them on telephone poles, in grocery stores and other retail outlets, near schools and fire stations.

Veterinary offices, shelters, pet stores and grooming shops are other great stops to make with your flyers. Don’t be shy – hand them out to postal employees, garbage workers, couriers and paper carriers.

Call your local newspaper to advise them of the theft and ask them to warn others in the neighbourhood of the crime. Do the same with local television and radio. The Internet has become a great tool for tracking down lost pets, and there are a number of free sites on which you can post images and exchange information.

Contact all breeders in the area as well as provincial and national breeding clubs. Make sure you notify local animal shelters of the theft and visit all animal control shelters in the area. And remember not to give up searching after a couple of weeks – many stolen dogs have been returned safely to their owners beyond that time.

Frank Fourchalk is a security professional with 20 years in the business. Visit his website at www.yourhomesecurity.ca

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By Ben Brown

<!–By Ben Brown

–>Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010

On Monday, The Lantern discussed springtime student dog ownership. As the second of a three-part series, today’s article explores Ohio’s legislative treatment of dogs.

April is National Prevent Animal Cruelty Month. And from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the South Oval, Paws for a Purpose will raise animal awareness.

The fair will feature a dog agility demo as well as local animal shelters and other animal rights groups like Pet People, Animal Outreach and PetPromise.

For the collective sake of canines, these activists hope McKenzie’s Law will be passed. It would eliminate dog auctions in Ohio, which is one of the few states that still allows them.

“Dog auctions act as a means for puppy millers to dump unprofitable pups and females,” said Molly Stancliff, president of Buckeyes for Canines. “They take place every month in Farmerstown, Ohio, drawing shady breeders from across the nation.”

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals named Ohio one of the worst states for animal cruelty laws. In February, the Humane Society of the United States followed suit by ranking Ohio as one of the worst 10 states in America.

“Stopping dog auctions would keep convicted animal abusers from flocking to the state,” Stancliff said. “People don’t realize that puppies are being killed.”

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is working to collect 120,700 signatures by Dec. 1, 2010 to place the Ohio Dog Auctions Act on the 2011 ballot. More information can be found on banohiodogauctions.com.

McKenzie’s Law would also stop the puppy mills that provide 99 percent of pet store dogs, Stancliff said.

Such kennels that sell dogs over the Internet are not federally regulated. As such, dogs are often raised in horrible, caged conditions and sold with unreported diseases or congenital defects, according to the Animal Law Coalition.

“Ohio has the second-most puppy mills of any state,” Stancliff said.

Stancliff and Alysha Noorani started Buckeyes for Canines last spring. Its main mission is to raise awareness about breed-specific legislation, which heavily restrains the ownership of allegedly dangerous dogs.

Karen Delise’s book, “The Pit Bull Placebo” traces 150 years of public perceptions of canine aggression beginning with the Bloodhound. Society next antagonized German Shepherds, then Doberman Pinschers followed by Rottweilers.

Each new enemy sprang from an isolated but publicized event that unfairly painted other dogs of the same breed, Stancliff said.

Peaceful bloodhounds were initially targeted after newspapers printed the story of one crazed Bloodhound killing a boy in Trenton, N.J. in 1864, for example.

Legislation now targets Pit Bull type dogs including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, English Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs.

Pit Bull legislation is not objective, as it covers any dog that looks like a Pit Bull.

“Millions of loving family members are being killed in the U.S. every year based solely on physical appearance,” Stancliff said.

“Breed bans single out dogs based on features, not individual temperaments or backgrounds. And most cities require that all Pit Bulls or Pit mixes be euthanized even if they are in a loving home,” she said.

According to the National Canine Research Council, 720 of the 900 Pit Bulls euthanized from 2001-2002 as part of a Pit Bull ban in George’s County, Md., were found to have been nice family pets.

Apparently, their barks were bigger than their bites.

“Because of the Pit’s drive to please and its high pain tolerance, they have become an easily manipulated breed,” Stancliff said. “These endearing traits made it the most popular fighting breed in the country.”

Although many such Pit Bulls live in a literal dog-eat-dog world, activists point out that any dog can kill. In Los Angeles in 2000, for instance, a 10-pound Pomeranian killed a baby.

“Obviously that was a problem with that particular dog, not the breed,” Stancliff said.

In fact, the 17 fatal dog attacks over the past 42 years in Ohio were committed by 11 different dog breeds, according to the National Canine Research Council.

To lend some objectivity to the issue, the American Temperament Test Society measures stability, shyness, aggressiveness and friendliness in dog breeds. It also tests a dog’s protectiveness toward its handler and self-preservation in the face of a threat.

If a dog shows unprovoked aggression, panic without recovery or strong avoidance, it fails the test. In comparing one of the most beloved family dogs to an allegedly dangerous killer, the Test Society found that Golden Retrievers are worse in temperament than Pit Bulls.

Of 665 Pit Bulls tested, 567 passed for a temperament score of 85.3, which edged out the Golden Retriever’s 84.6.

The point, Stancliff says, is that government funding is wasted on breed-specific legislation that stagnant dog-attack statistics have proven ineffective.

In a 10-year period, the Cincinnati Police Department spent more than $160,000 per year trying to enforce a Pit Bull ban.

Yet such bans do nothing to curb bite statistics or Pit Bull ownership, according to defend-a-bull.com.

Nevertheless, Ohio spends $17,751,210 yearly enforcing breed-discriminatory legislation, according to the Best Friends Animal Society Fiscal Impact Calculator. That includes $1,647,260 spent annually in Franklin County alone.

House Bill No. 79 would remove Pit Bulls from the definition of “vicious dog” in Ohio state law. The bill was introduced more than a year ago by Rep. Barbara Sears, but has yet to be enacted.

OSU dog activists try to get students who want a dog off the scent of breeders and pet stores.

“Getting a dog from a breeder is not good for anyone but the breeder,” Stancliff said. Because breeders aren’t federally regulated, they yield no taxes for the state, either.

More importantly, “There are no laws protecting breeder dogs,” Stancliff said. “They are treated like farm products — like a chicken to slaughter.”

Animal rights activists are equally bothered by pet stores. The Pets Without Parents website says “when you buy from a pet store, you are supporting puppy mills, the deplorable, disgusting dog-breeding factories.”

“No dogs from pet stores are legitimate,” Noorani said. “And you don’t save a life by buying pets that will eventually be sold or auctioned.”

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WWC NOTE: As far as breeders being the only ones making out per the comment in the article that I have highlighted in bold is incorrect. We go above and beyond for our dogs and to make sure our puppies are more then ready for their new homes so the new owners receive a happy, healthy, well adjusted puppy. When you add up all we spend to keep dogs happy and healthy along with the countless hrs. we put into our dogs and puppies we are working harder then most and making peanuts. We do it because we love our dogs and we probably are the most happy at doing our job! And for not paying taxes…another error in the article. In Cuyahoga Co. along with many other counties, to receive a kennel license you must obtain a vendors license prior which makes you file taxes. If you fail to do so you lose all licenses. This also adds you to a list for inspections from the Dog Warden by city or county. If the county can’t handle licensed breeders then how is it going to be federally handled? As it is, there is not enough funding nor man power to handle the complaints or suspicions.

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The bill requires pet stores to put information about the animal on its cage in the store. That includes the animal’s medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.

Customers could get other information, including the address and size of the breeding operation, upon request or when they buy an animal.
To see an article written on this click here

****WWC Note*****
My Experience with 2 Pet Shop Corgis

I wrote this back in July 2009 to try and make more people aware of pet shop puppies and why one should not buy a pet shop pup or at least be more aware of the breed your looking to purchase.

This started when on 2 occasions I had puppy buyers inquire on my pups because they fell in love with a Corgi pup at a pet store. The first pet store was at the corner of Lorain Rd. and Rocky River Dr. in Cleveland. The other was a franchise in North Olmsted. I was asked to look these puppies over and give my honest opinion. I warned these people that I do not condone the selling of pups in stores, specially when buyers are not screened and impulse buying is promoted.

In Cleveland, the pups were not on wire but well bedded clean large pens with other pups for socialization. Regularly the pups were allowed out to roam the store. The owner of the store was friendly and more then willing to answer my questions and show me paperwork. This Corgi pup on the other hand didn’t seem healthy. He was not very social for a 3-4 mo old puppy, pot bellied, and skinny. The quality of this pup was lacking. The price was more reasonable then most pet store pups with discounts on many additional needs the pup would need for $650.00. BUT….I was told the pup was AKC and came from a reputable breeder. After that being said I asked to see the paperwork to learn this pup wasn’t AKC and came from Missouri. I am in noway suggesting that Missouri only homes puppy mills but when a pup travels this far with no AKC paperwork to a pet store, well if it walks and quacks like a duck…then I see it as a duck.

The franchise pet store in North Olmsted earns a big fat F. They are misleading, deceiving, and in noway screen buyers anymore then the credit they hold by promoting puppy sales and monthly payment plans. Considering the price of this Corgi pup on sale for $1299.00, I would say they’d need to offer a payment plan for most impulsive pet buyers. The pups were kept on wire bottoms with smaller breeds having their paws slipping through. Even with being on wire bottoms to keep pups out of feces, the pups hair coat was grimmey and a lot of shedding which tells me they are not groomed or bathed regularly. His weight was good, nails short, good bite, eyes clean, but horrible docking job. Very happy pup that was out of control with biting anything his mouth could be laid on without any concern of retaliation that they learn from litter mates or their mother. He had no idea how to behave amongst humans and had been allowed this behavior and fear that someone who is a novice or has a young child is not going to be a good combination. When walking away he seemed cow hocked and weak in the back legs for a 12 week old pup but with the small limited space provided for viewing and the slippery service and overly excited pup it was hard to evaluate.

I asked if he was AKC registered and was told he was. Was also told he had Champions in his pedigree and when asked to see his pedigree was denied not once but several times. I asked where the pup came from and who was the reputable breeder and was denied over and over again as well. WHY??? This is my right!!!

If I’m going to buy this pup for $1299.00, I want to see the paperwork. I wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, seeing the title, or having a carfax report. The blond who was trying to keep her cool with me went in the back to get me some of the information I was persistently requesting to only come back with vet records and to say she learned the pup had no AKC papers, only ACA and no Champions but still failed to tell me this reputable breeder. OH WAIT..that’s right, pet stores feel USDA approved kennels are reputable. We all know whats been found in some of these USDA approved kennels. If not, open your eyes and google for some links on these so called reputable approved USDA kennels. You be the judge.

She then tried to sell the pup by saying they guarantee the pup against diseases for 3 yrs. They will pay all vet bills. Such a guarantee when they know nothing on the pedigree and no testing on parents but for $1299.00, I guess they could afford some vet bills. The question is, what hoops do you need to jump through for them to approve the diagnosis and receive payment? Puppies have died just days after going to their forever homes to have the pet store turn their backs. Not a guarantee I’d trust. Needless to say, with them hiding information that I am rightfully to know and misleading some of the information, they are hiding something and this pup is not worth no where near $1299.00.

This is where you as the buyer need to learn more about the breed you are purchasing and be patient to wait for the right pet puppy from someone who has the sire and dam and can easily be reached for the life of that pup to answer your questions and guide you when something is troubling you or the pup. Talk to other breeders and compile the information but don’t buy pet store dogs. Your only helping the problem to persist in the long run. Your not saving all the other pups who will follow because you felt you needed to save this one.

~Wendy Wendt & The Low Riders

Here is another article on the pet store bill that could fish out substandard kennels

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Thanks to recent national media coverage, much has been done to expose the cruel and inhumane conditions at puppy mills. Puppy mills are generally defined as places that breed large numbers of puppies for sale to pet stores or over the Internet. When one hears the term “puppy mill” rarely does one think of their neighbor next door raising litters of dogs that are emotionally and/or physically unsound. And yet, the line between irresponsible “backyard breeding” and those who raise dogs as a commodity for profit, as in a puppy mill, is a very fine one.

In reality, responsible breeding of purebred dogs, when done properly, takes hard work, time, money and involves many steps on the part of the breeder. Good breeders always “breed to improve.” Here are some key facts to keep in mind if considering purchasing a puppy from a breeder or looking to breed your own purebred dog.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) are the only two legitimate kennel clubs in the U.S. Beware of other registries (sometimes called “toilet paper” registries since their paperwork has no merit). Many have official sounding names and acronyms similar to the AKC and UKC. Unfortunately, these registries are often used as “proof of paperwork” by pet shops, backyard breeders and puppy mills. Most people don’t know the difference and are easily misled. Several registries will even register mixed breeds (such as maltepoos, labradoodles, puggles, etc.) which is a “joke” according to reputable breeders.

In other words, merely having a dog examined by a veterinarian before he or she is bred is simply not adequate; that’s just the starting point. Just because you think your pet is “loving” (to you), cute and “seems healthy and the vet couldn’t find anything wrong” does not mean she should be bred.

Good breeders also abide by a ‘code of ethics,’ which includes having a sales contract with those who purchase a puppy. The contract includes a medical guarantee/warranty by the breeder that they would either refund the money and/or take the dog back should it develop a congenital medical issue later on. The contract also states what the breeder would do if the buyer ever decided they no longer wanted the dog. Reputable breeders either guarantee to take the dog back or they actively work with the owners to place it in another good home. Good breeders tend to stay in touch with “their” puppies and tend to treat them as extended family.

Read the full article to be more aware of reputable breeders.

WWC Note: No reputable breeder who takes pride in their dogs and care of their puppies well being will sell to pet shops, brokers, or merely off e-mails. A person who is out for the best interest of their dogs will interview you just as much as you would interview them. It’s not as easy as cash exchanging hands.

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AKC’s super-secret Puppy Registration & Inventory Management Extranet (PRIME) online pet shop software is “designed to add puppies to inventory, view puppy information, and sell and return puppies.”

When the Delegates rebelled against AKC’s contract with Petland in 2006, The Dog Press cautioned against complacency, predicting that a financial alliance between the American Kennel Club, pet shops and puppy mill was in fact, not off the table.

© TheDogPress 12|31|09 PRIME was copyrighted in early 2009 but development must have begun at a time when the fancy had summarily rejected any pet shop deals.  PRIME goes far beyond Petland as it appears to be for all pet shop outlets.  The cost (paid to an outside firm) must have been staggering.

Our researchers were unable to find any mention of PRIME on the AKC website so the editor called David Roberts, VP in charge of registration.  As in the past, he cordially refused to answer any questions without the approval of AKC President, Dennis Sprung.  We called Mr. Sprung who refused the call.  The editor then emailed 5 simple questions to Sprung and Roberts.  AKC’s non-response is included below.  We can assume that AKC is not one bit happy that we are revealing the pet shop program in its entirety.  Rest assured, The Dog Press is not happy about exposing PRIME but our readers expect and deserve the facts.

Insiders can examine the complete AKC document what PRIME does for pet shop & puppy mills (be patient, huge file, with images) and how the program works but here is a brief overview for the entire fancy.  Insiders will appreciate the back-story, The New AKC, a letter sent to “valued breeders” announced special offers, assistance with “registration paperwork and pedigrees of dogs that are currently not registered the AKC”, “breeder education/support at seminars and on-site visits”, and other inducements for high volume breeders such as “registration coupons” and assistance “with the DNA costs.” We are told show breeders did not receive this letter.

PRIME is an editable, searchable, online software inventory and transfer application for pet shops, designed to facilitate locating, registering a puppy, and handling the return of pet shop puppies.  Through user name and password, store employees can access puppies available at that location and other “authorized personal” have access to multiple stores.

The inventory enables pet shops chains to “view/display/sort” the current puppy inventory and “print puppy forms.”  Users can “return a puppy” or “search for a puppy” as well as “edit and/or sell a puppy.”

Contrary to the Delegates vote in 2006, full breeding AKC registration can be purchased at the store.  If not purchased at the time of sale, buyers receive a “Simplified AKC Dog Registration Application” for a flat fee of $29.95 which may be submitted online or by mail.

Customers have 21 days in which to return the puppy and that too is easily handled through the PRIME program.  Gone is the breeder-instilled commitment to a new puppy.  Gone is the traditional breeder support.  The sales-aid return policy can lead to unnecessary stress, mismanage, or abuse of puppies.

We were unable to determine what happens when a puppy is registered and named at the store.  If returned, does it keep the name “Bowser” or is the next owner allowed to re-name the dog?  Remember, after 200 years, AKC recently announced that new owners can change a dog’s name – for a fee.  Are pet shops charged the same fee?  Was the new service a secret solution for complications of PRIME puppy returns?

Dogs can also be added to the general inventory by the AKC based on the AKC’s assessment of the dog’s pedigree.”  The store has only to fax pedigrees (plural) for non-AKC dogs and the AKC staff will determine if the dog is eligible for AKC registration within two business days. Now that’s service!  Eligible dogs will then be automatically uploaded to the inventory.  More on the implications of registering non-AKC litters later.

Bearing in mind that store staff may not know a Brittany from a Cocker, the online Puppy Registration & Inventory Management system makes it easy.  Puppies can be added to inventory and transferred to new owners in one step.

The puppy’s microchip number and/or store number can also be added.  It appears that microchips are inserted at the puppy mill facilities at a very young age.  That way there’s no need to keep puppies in litter lots while being trucked across country.  Properly inserted microchips make it possible to regroup littermates and ascertain pedigrees from mass-breeding operations.

The buyer’s names and contact information are entered online, including website if any, all of which provides a permanent record of who bought what, the transaction amount, etc. but we assume credit card and other private info is adequately protected and not shared with any other agencies.

Opportunity to justify or further explain PRIME was offered to the AKC President and the Registration Dept. Vice President as follows in part:

We would prefer to include a response from AKC along with information on the program.  Everyone is painfully aware of the drop in registration income and speaking for myself and our readers, we want AKC to continue as the nation’s number one registry.  We can report the news but providing rationale for the program would be better done by your offices.

1.  Was PRIME developed before or after the Petland contract fell through?

2.  Is it currently in effect?

3.  Is the software or service available for show breeders?

4.  Can any HVB or pet shop access and use it?

5. Where is the PRIME program published on the AKC website?

We received this emailed response from David Roberts, Monday, 12/28/09

Barbara;

Your questions refer to an internal business matter.  Because of the competitive nature of our business, we are unable to provide you with confidential information regarding this, or any other business process.

Sincerely,

David Roberts

VP Registration Services

American Kennel Club

The Dog Press understands that the American Kennel Club has always registered puppy mill puppies, and why that must be so.  We do not however, accept the purported AKC financial crisis as an excuse for actively seeking to corner the High Volume Breeders market.  If AKC were to do as many other large corporations have done, i.e. cut their Presidential Salaries, stop discounting to puppy mills while raising fees for show breeders and clubs, and most of all, promote the concept of buying a well-bred purebred from a show breeder, the American Kennel Club and its subsidiary not-for-profit entities could continue to show a very profitable bottom line.

In the meantime, what AKC once termed its core constituency will continue to desert the pack.  Perhaps that is the goal.  If that be so, The Dog Press should be rewarded for releasing what has been termed “the hottest story of the year.” If you care about quality purebreds and the future of the sport, stay tuned, there’s more to come.

http://www.thedogpress.com/ClubNews/10011-AKC-PRIME-Pet-Shops.asp

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You have a very informative, well structured blog.  We have no problem with granting permission and I’ll drop the form reply below.  Just wanted to personally thank you for your conscientious and professional contribution to dogs.

As regards PRIME, you are welcome to use or extract from the introductory article but the links within the article (AKC salaries, the recent letter to puppy mills, and the entire PRIME program) only open for paid ($19 per year) Insider subscribers and are copy-proof.  You might want to explain to your blog readers that the free information is only one facet of the documented AKC collusion with puppy mills and pet shops.

We appreciate your interest in helping us disseminate credible information and therefore, we grant reprint permission PROVIDED you copy the entire article exactly as published, including the (bolded) introduction and byline – author, copyright, publication link, and date.

Thank you for contacting us.

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Don’t be mislead into thinking HSUS is doing our pets a favor…they are misleading you to get to their agenda on getting your rights as a pet owner abolished!!!! View and research any organization for cruelty and animals rights that there is no connection to PETA or HSUS.

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