|Sent on:||Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:36 AM|
Earlier this year we discovered that Carla Frantz, the woman investigating our kennel complaints in Lapeer County, was also breeding! And she wasn’t just breeding a few dogs. According to the former Animal Control Director, she acquired the breeding dogs from the kennel we were investigating as the largest puppy miller in Lapeer County – Linda Kaiser. Just unbelievable. It was confirmed with the meeting minutes at a township meeting where she state she was indeed breeding and selling. We met with her supervisor last week and asked Carla to resign.
Please help us make changes in Lapeer by signing our petition.
Lapeer Board of Commissioners: Set new standards for Animal Control Officers
As an Animal Control Officer, it's their job to look out for the welfare of animals, which includes making sure breeding kennels comply with the law and helping homeless pets get adopted. But how can the community trust an officer to do that when their running their own breeding operation?
Carla Frantz, newly appointed Chief Animal Control Officer, allegedly acquired popular small breed dogs and set up a kennel in an old barn located on 170 acres in Mussey Township located in St. Clair County. According to the minutes from the township meeting where she attempted to apply for a Hobby Breeders license, Frantz was commercially breeding and selling through a retail outlet.
Some things need to change in Lapeer County.
A Conflict of Interest Statement and Policy would protect animals by prohibiting Animal Control Officers from doing the following:
o Obtaining a dealer’s or commercial kennel license for personal or financial gain
o Obtaining a transfer of ownership by an animal’s owner to the animal control officer for personal or financial gain
o Giving away, selling or negotiating for the gift or sale to any individual, pet shop, dealer, or research facility of animal that may come into his/her custody in the course of carrying out their official duties
Breeding animals for personal or financial gain is a conflict of interest for any county employee whose performance is measured by animal placement rates. A secondary interest in breeding would create an appearance of impropriety as it could result in a lack of motivation to place homeless animals and instead promote more valuable and marketable animals such as “puppies” and “designer dogs”.
Please help homeless animals in Lapeer County and protect animals in kennels by signing this position letting the Lapeer County Commissions know families care about this issue.