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PRESS RELEASE: Noble County to Permit Puppy Millers

From: Pam
Sent on: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:21 PM


photo credit USDA

Noble County to Permit Puppy Millers

Dog advocates are petitioning Zoning Board Members
to say no to large-scale breeding.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2012

CONTACT: Pam Sordyl,[masked], [address removed]

Albion, Indiana - On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 the Noble County Zoning Board of Appeals plans to review six dog breeding kennel Use Variance and Special Exception applications. Kennel operators are requesting to kennel more than 4 dogs and dog advocates are petitioning the Zoning Board Members to say no to large-scale commercial breeders. Link to online petition.

The meeting will be held in the Noble County Office Complex, 2090 N. State Road 9 Albion IN 46701 at 7 p.m. in the basement. Dog advocates are asked to attend this meeting.

“We’re asking the Zoning Board Members to make Noble County a puppy mill free zone and say no to large-scale commercial breeding.” says Pam Sordyl, of Puppy Mill Awareness Southeast Michigan. “Michigan has adoption programs in place and regular shipments from Rome City’s mass-production puppy operation works against our efforts to place homeless animals.”

One applicant, Marlin Bontrager of Rome City is kenneling over 170 adult dogs per his October 22, 2012 USDA inspection report which is in violation of the Noble County Zoning Ordinance.

USDA photos taken during a June and October inspections reveal disturbing images of animals living on top of accumulated feces and suffering from series and painful eye issues. Link to photos.



The Indiana USDA inspector has been visiting the kennel regularly since June 2012 citing direct violations involving not seeking veterinary care for a sick puppy. Also in June, the USDA inspector recorded temperatures in the 90’s inside the kennel. Dogs were heavily panting and puppies were stretched out on the wire floor trying to stay cool.

Inspections continued in October where Bontrager was cited for 6 more violations involving dogs with painful eye problems without veterinary care, excessive accumulated feces that were sitting so long under the dogs wire floor beetle shells were found and clogged drains causing strong odors. Inspection reports can be viewed online.

Bontrager has a history of violations going back to 2008 including: housing, shelter, primary enclosures, cleanliness, feeding and vet care. Prior Inspection reports can be viewed online:

Bontrager supplies puppies to out-of-state chain retail stores such as The Family Puppy in Michigan, Hug a Pup store in Illinois and Petland in Fort Wayne per
“Michigan families want cruelty-free pets. They unknowingly are supporting puppy mills out-of-state where they can not easily meet the parents.” Sordyl

Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is working to build awareness toward ending mass production of dogs in "puppy mills." The group’s public education campaign teaches the public about the origins of pet store puppies and lobbies for stronger laws and regulations for animal breeding.

Learn more about Puppy Mill Awareness


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