Target: Kansas Department of Agriculture
Goal: Suspend breeding operations at Puppie Trails Kennels in Kansas for continuously failing state and federal inspections
In the past year, Puppie Trails Kennels of Rossville, Kansas, has violated many state and federal animal welfare laws. Even though state and federal inspections have written Puppie Trails up for rusted floors, excessive fecal build up, dogs with paws bleeding from wire floors, severe matting, open wounds, visible tumors and tooth decay, the place is still in operation. This kennel treats dogs so inhumanely that it has earned a spot on the Humane Society’s “Horrible 100” puppy mills.
Owner Dianne Dick contends the findings, saying “I wouldn’t mistreat an animal for anything in the world.” However, according to a May 2012 inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, Dick was written up for an one-year-old Italian greyhound with an abnormal, extremely painful problem. The greyhound was eventually put down without receiving appropriate veterinary care. As much as the owner Dianne Dick wants to dispute these allegations, it is very clear that she is guilty of negligence. Very rarely do one-year old puppies need to be put down.
She said “It’s just idiotic. Anytime you’re dealing with human beings or animals, any living creature, things happen that you can’t control.” There are things she can control, but she chooses not to care as evidenced by these repeated violations of animal welfare laws.
Director of outreach and research of the Humane Society’s Puppy Mills Campaign Kathleen Summers said “If dogs are suffering, underweight, have bleeding feet, rotting jaws from untreated dental issues, there are only so many chances that a person should be given before it’s decided that they are not able to properly care for these dogs.” It is very clear that Dick is not able to properly care for these dogs. Ensure she corrects all these violations or else shut down her kennel. No animals should be left in such inhumane conditions.
Dear Kansas Department of Agriculture,
Despite violating many federal and state animal welfare laws, Dianne Dick is still operating her kennel in Rossville, Kansas. She has repeatedly failed inspections, which you have on record. In fact, you sent out a warning letter to her on October 29th of last year, detailing deficiencies in kennel maintenance and animal appearances.
Although you have not officially inspected the kennel this year, as recent as January 30th of this year, the USDA has found dental decay, manifesting as brown material coating the entire surface of several teeth in multiple dogs. Such decay will not only damage gum tissue, but will also be extremely painful to the dogs.
I have read that it is relatively uncommon to shut down facilities, because most kennels end up correcting their violations within one or two follow-up inspections. But Dick has failed to correct any of the violations, and acts as if she has done nothing wrong, claiming “My puppies are not raised to profit. They live their life with me. I take care of them until they can no longer take care of themselves.”
Demand these violations seen on her property to be corrected immediately and ensure that she does not repeatedly fail inspections and get away with it. Shut down her operation until she understands that these dogs need and deserve better care and treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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