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February 5, 2014

Puppy mills face 'ruff' future

Fiscal Court drafting ordinance to control a doggone problem


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Callahan said Kentucky’s county governments are left dealing with the financial burden of caring for the animals after a seizure — some of which can involve many, many more animals than the approximate 45 taken from Bradley’s property. 
 “That’s a big responsibility for a county if something goes wrong,” said Callahan. “Those animals are dumped on the government, and the person moves to another county, unless you have something in place that would protect your county.” 
Callahan asked that fiscal court look into updating and strengthening its current animal welfare ordinance to include fines, regulations for breeders, tax regulations, and more. 
Emmons, additionally, asked for licensing laws that would prevent overbreeding and require that animal breeders keep their animals in satisfactory conditions. 
Pam Rogers, the Kentucky State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S., also appeared and suggested that those accused of animal neglect be required to post bonds that would cover the costs of caring and housing the affected animals. 
“I am suggesting you take a look at what ordinances you have and what ordinances are available to you,” said Callahan, who pointed out that Pulaski County officials can look to other counties in drafting an updated ordinance. “ ... What is in the best interest of those animals? What is humane? You can define that in your ordinance.”
Bradley operated his kennel as a non-profit agency, although he sold puppies for several hundred dollars, according to the undercover videos that were taken. When investigators with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department first stepped foot on the property, in January 2013, they came across more than 60 dogs, many of them kept in small, dirty cages. Some of the were so ill they had to be euthanized. 
By the time the Jan. 21, 2014 seizure happened, Bradley had around 45 animals total. The ASPCA and the Kentucky Humane Society stepped in to help confiscate the animals. The dogs have remained at a temporary shelter in Louisville undergoing medical evaluations and behavioral tests. 

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