In this weeks edition of the Leader, I am appalled about this following excerpt:
"The couple had expressed an interest in obtaining a kennel license and a Deputy was trying to assist them with that process which begins each year in January."
Lets go back to the facts...This couple rented a house, kept 57+ dogs and cats in inside, breeding, selling them for a profit, yet failed to register as a kennel or breeders license, and abused someone's else property by keeping all of these animals caged indoors? Not healthy or fair to the animals, not fair to the property owner, and not until they were being evicted reached out for help. Why did the officer not fine and rescue these animals when discovered? Every other business needs a license to operate, pay taxes, and more importantly be inspected for the well being of these poor animals. What duty it it of the deputy to NOT do his job and report this and take appropriate action? Next week we are in Jan. and they could not get a permit from the prior year? Working with the offender is not an option.
It seems to me that this was just not some out of control pet breeding, but an actual for profit business, and the authorities, ASPCA, Humane Society should have seized these dogs and cats immediately and slapped a healthy per pet fine on these people, with the proceeds benefitting the animal shelter.
I really hope all these animals find a loving home, get spayed and neutered and these people never able to get a license to raise animals again for profit. Too many unwanted pets in shelters for people to bring more into the world for profit, especially under these conditions.