Guest Blog: Wardens Wear Respirators to Perform Inspections at Turkey HillPosted by in Uncategorized
By: Jenny Stephens, North Penn Puppy Mill Watch
Solid flooring, ventilation, temperature controls…. think that’s what’s REALLY going on in Pennsylvania’s commercial breeding kennels? Think again.
Puppy mill advocate Bill Smith of Main Line Animal Rescue is, once again, circulating comments from the PA Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement inspection report data base and I say “once again” not because this is an annoyance but because it is no longer shocking to realize that the Bureau DOES NOT ENFORCE THE LAW.
In January of this year dog wardens performed an inspection at Turkey Hill kennel, located in East Earl, Lancaster County, PA. The kennel was noted to be housing 364 dogs at the time. The warden notes on the report:
“Wardens observed a strong presence of ammonia from the adult dog building upon entering the area where the dogs were being housed, this odor was so strong making it hard to breathe and causing our eyes to burn that wardens walked out and retrieved respirator masks from our vehicles so we could proceed with the inspection.”
And if that’s not bad enough, the kennel, although cited (although we’re not quite sure for what because as time has gone by, the information on the inspection reports continues to become more and more vague – almost in an attempt to protect the kennel operator – was also noted to have frozen water bowls…. hey – weren’t these kennels supposed to be kept at a toasty 50 degrees?
In March, 2011 the wardens return and, guess what? Same problem! The warden noted the following on the inspection report:
“Wardens observed a strong presence of ammonia emanating from the adult dog building upon entering the area where the dogs were being house(d). This odor was so strong that it made it hard to breathe inside the kennel causing wardens to wear respirator masks to proceed with the inspection.”
Gasping for air. Can you imagine? But even with that aside, other comments in the report are also disconcerting: legs falling through wire flooring, no unfettered access to outdoor runs, dirty food containers, accumulation of food waste, hair, cobwebs, dust and debris, rodent droppings, dental disease, eye and ear infections…. Did we really pass a new law in 2008 or was that a trick with smoke and mirrors?
And what’s happening there today… in the ninety degree heat?
Why weren’t humane officers contacted? Wouldn’t these conditions be considered animal cruelty? And why is this kennel still open and operating? Who in Harrisburg is protecting the kennels who are not complying with the new law? Why is this still happening?
Didn’t Special Secretary of Agriculture Jessie Smith go to great lengths to announce to the local and national media that Pennsylvania no longer has a problem with puppy mills and that the new law solved ALL of these problems?
PLEASE send an email and/or pick up the phone and demand some answers.
So much for the new law passed in 2008….
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