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The outcry over the Top Dog kennel continues

Public dissatisfaction with the alleged Top Dog Kennel puppy mill has registered on the radar of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors (TCBOS).

Supervisor Amy Shuklian said she has read the complaints about Ron Abbott’s Top Dog Kennel and hopes to address residents’ concerns through the Tulare County Animal Services Advisory Committee (TCAS).

Shuklian is the county’s representative on the committee formed more than two years ago to improve how the county treats its strays and to improve the lives of animals locked in kennels.

Top Dog Kennel critics have given first-hand accounts of abuse, over-breeding, unsanitary conditions, and animal cruelty. They say the dogs are relegated to a life of small outdoor enclosures, enduring the heat in the summer and the mud in the winter.

Abbott disputed those charges, saying he only breeds his dogs once a year, starting at 18 months old and aging until about five to six years old, depending on the breed. He also maintains that they exercise daily.

TCAS conducted several inspections of Abbott’s kennel and found that the facility is up to code and not in violation of any laws.

In response to complaints that began five years ago, the TCAS Advisory Board is currently revising county ordinances to reduce the number of animals allowed in kennels, limit the number of times a dog can be bred, and increase the amount of exercise allowed.

Patrick Hamblin, director of TCAS, says the new orders could affect Abbott’s ability to comply in the future.

Shuklian said she hopes the new orders can be completed within six months.

The community is invited to participate in updating Kennel Ordinances by attending the TCAS Advisory Committee meeting. The next meeting will be on August 9 at 1:00 p.m. in the Resource Management Agency Boardroom located at Government Plaza, directly across from Mooney Grove Park, 5961 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia.

The advisory committee is made up of 19 community members with different animal welfare backgrounds. Their responsibilities include, in addition to rewriting the kennel ordinance, developing and recommending methods to promote the adoption of shelter animals.

Kennels are not against the law

The fact that Abbott’s kennels are legal has not appeased the community.

Dan wrote in response to a Valley Voice article in the July 19 issue regarding Top Dog Kennel: “It’s sad that we need regulations to tell us that abusing dogs is wrong. It’s a pity that a minister (Ron Abbott) considers these animals as “cash cows” and elevates and mistreats them. It’s a shame that he doesn’t just do the right thing and instead skates the line and does the minimum. Just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it’s good. »

According to breeding. The first mission of responsible dog breeding is to breed a few individual dogs in order to improve the breed as a whole. In other words, a breeder’s litter should always be a well-thought-out improvement over its previous generation.

The founder of Lucky Lab Rescue wrote in one of her Top Dog Kennel testimonials, “Reputable dog breeders continue the breed of dogs they are passionate about for the betterment and longevity of this breed. These breeders know the history of a dog’s lineage and the health issues of that lineage……. They only breed a certain number of times during a female’s lifetime. The health of the mother dog and the puppies is of the utmost importance. They care about the mental aspects of dog welfare as well as the physical. Which means they are raised, from birth, as if they were part of their own family, including teaching them toilet training and socialization.

California Passes Landmark Puppy Mill Law

As of January 1, 2019, California pet stores will no longer be able to sell puppies from kennels. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act makes California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in state pet stores.

The SPCA says the federal government has continually failed to protect dogs in puppy mills and that banning puppy mills means dogs will be treated as pets rather than commodities.

“Pets are not devices. They are living, breathing, loving animals that deserve as much loyalty and compassion as they give. That’s why we fight so hard to stop the cruel puppy factories that create ‘inventory’ for pet stores at incredibly inhumane cost,” the SPCA said.

Shuklian agrees with the new ban on puppy mills. While on Visalia City Council, she said she was considering implementing a similar ban, but found that Pet Smart and Petco were already complying and only offering rescue dogs and cats. for sale. The only pet store that sold puppies was in the Visalia shopping center and closed years ago after a fire tore through the business.

Referring to Top Dog Kennel, Shuklian doesn’t think it’s in the public interest to have a kennel with so many dogs and to offer so many breeds. “With all the homeless dogs we have there is no need to buy from a breeder.

“I currently have two shelter dogs and they are perfect.”

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