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Steer Clear of Puppy Mills

HOUSTON – At least once every three months the SPCA raids a puppy mill in the Houston area.

There’s a big difference between what reputable dog breeders do and those who operate puppy mills.

“Puppy mills will put in all sorts of conditions and they will try to maximize their profit by minimizing the quality of care they give an animal,” said Charles Jentzen, with Houston’s SPCA.

And consumers can find themselves spending hundreds of dollars on sick or dying dogs.

“It’s very heartbreaking to know that you have to put down your pet,” Bethany Fulton said.

In a 2006 lawsuit Fulton, a reputable dog breeder accused a Houston area puppy mill owner of selling her Coton and Wheaten puppies infected with a highly contagious and deadly disease.

Fulton won her civil suit but no criminal action could be taken against the puppy mill owner.

“Currently there’s no laws that directly attribute to any kind of commercial or non commercial breeding operation,” Jentzen said.

“The state of Texas has an animal cruelty statute which covers the basic staple of life and that’s about it.”

Other states have recently toughened laws aimed at puppy mills.

That’s why there’s concern puppy mill owners will head for Texas to avoid all the rules now required by surrounding states.

“The law that we utilize addresses the minimums,” Jentzen said.

At least one local lawmaker wants to stiffen regulations for commercial breeding operations.

Stiffer laws, some say would benefit reputable dog breeders, consumers and above all our four legged friends.

Special thanks to RANDY WALLACE
Investigative Reporter with My Fox Houston

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