|Sent on:||Friday, February 17, 2012 4:42 PM|
Yesterday, WSBT 22 Kim Stopczynski did a great story on Elkhart County’s notorious puppy miller – David Chupp.
Elkhart County dog breeder: 'We are not a puppy mill'
Why did so many people come out in opposition yesterday? Over the last year controversy has been heating up after the approval of two other puppy mills by the Zoning board despite lack of standards and animal welfare inspections.
Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan has been patiently wanting for zoning to institute some standards, caps and include Animal Control onsite inspections. We investigated Elkhart County’s breeding operations at this time last year. Why? They have 11 kennels that have supplied The Family Puppy chain and we don’t want puppy mill dogs being shipped to Michigan!!!!
We submitted our kennel study to the Elkhart Zoning department in February to ensure they were aware of the 30+ unlicensed kennels, some with serious violations.
Last November, I was told they were looking into their unlicensed kennels and had planned to attend a workgroup meeting dedicated to the kennel issues that have been bubbling up all year.
The current animal welfare laws are not enforced by the police and the local Animal Control has not been authorized to participate in kennel inspections. This has to change!
Mike Yoder, the county commissioner, is apparently siding with the breeders, yet he also stated that he would work on some standards and address the public’s concern over the high concentration of puppy mills. The problem is, the public does not want standards--- they don’t want commercial breeding!
After the December closed workshop resulted in no commitments it was time to go to the media.
This is exactly how real change happens! I am so grateful to the citizens of Elkhart who professional stood up at the hearing. And thank you Anne Reel from the Humane Society who is working hard for the dogs.