Puppy mill raid spurs legislation debate

More than 100 animals were rescued from a Pender County earlier this month, fueling surrounding the lack of state commercial breeding legislation.

The Pender County owner agreed to surrender dogs and several other after local law enforcement investigated the property and found animals suffering from untreated and living outside in wire chicken coops.

North Carolina has seen more raids than any other state — this marks the 14th since 2010, said Melanie Kahn, the senior director of the puppy mills campaign for The , which assisted in the Pender County rescue.

Kahn said puppy mills are breeding facilities that lack food and water, veterinary care and clean and spacious living conditions.

North Carolina has 200 to 300 puppy mills, and the state has no commercial breeding law, Kahn said. Breeders only have to be licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell to pet stores.

But Brad Ringlien, who owns The Pet Pad in Cary, said some animal rights groups have an agenda.

“(Animal rights groups) kind of redefined what a puppy mill was, so now it’s anyone who makes a profit off of selling dogs is evil,” he said. ”(They) keep redefining it in order to get people to send them money.”

Ringlien’s store sells purebred puppies from BJ and Guys Kennel in Kansas. Although many animals rights groups have accused the kennel of being a puppy mill in online advocacy campaigns, Ringlien said he still stands by the owner, Sharon Munk.

“She would’ve been closed down many, many years ago if she was actually doing half the things that people accuse her of,” he said.

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    • calz@dorsai.org
    • October 15, 2013
    173 of 179 people found the following review helpful
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    An excellent guide for new buyers, trainers, & breeders!, July 28, 1999
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    The breeder we bought our german shepherd puppy from recommended this book to us. I am amazed at the work the Monks of New Skete are doing for the german shepherd breed. My hope is that all breeders would use the New Skete method with their litters. If this were done, then maybe so-called “dangerous breeds” would lose their bad rap. Surely there would be less dogs in animal shelters and pet shops.

    I can not stress enough the importance of early human socialization, and the Monks of New Skete seem to agree. If you are planning on breeding a litter, I urge you to pick up this book an heed the authors advice.

    This book also stresses humane training methods, and the importance of positive reinforcement. Using this method has helped with my dominant GSD pup. Constant scolding will get you nowhere. A quick pop on the lead when bad and copious amounts of praise when good makes training a happy occasion for both dog and master.

    I would recommend the three tape training set “Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete” along with this book. The tapes show the New Skete method from the puppy birth, to training the adult dog, and brings the information together nicely.

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    • T. Untulis
    • October 15, 2013
    410 of 417 people found the following review helpful
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    Perfect for the amateur who wants a friend & companion, February 10, 2000
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    My husband agreed to a Dalmation for my wedding present in spite of all the misgivings he had about the breed. I purchased many books on dog training to ensure that our dog would be a welcome member of the household all its years. In each of them, I felt that there were holes in the philosophy, problem solving that might cause injury to my dog. I wanted a well thought out, cohesive plan that addressed daily training, submission, and problem behaviour within a philosophical framework. This was the book that became our bible. It was sane, safe for both the dog & us, and it showed immediate results. We got our puppy at 8 weeks, by 12 weeks she would sit, lie down and stay on command for up to 15 minutes whether we were in sight or not. The techniques in the book were so effective that we were able to implement them easily, with just a little time set aside every day. When we began puppy classes at 6 mos., we were immediately promoted to the advanced obedience class and worked with dogs that were showing successfully in obedience with two of the top trainers. They owned and showed the #1 and #2 obedience dogs in the country. Our dog is now 7 yrs old, because of how good she is, we can take her everywhere. She is welcome at our friends, neighborhood children come to play with her, there are even restaurants that insist she come in. Our dog owes the fact that her life is full and happy to this book. She has never had to be tied up, left behind or locked in a room. The quality of her life is so much better,because these monks shared their knowledge in this book. People always ask how we trained her, we go to your website, print out the page and give it to them, because we do not want them to think any training book will do. Ideally, people would read this book before choosing a puppy and then be completely prepared for the sustained effort needed in raising and training a dog.

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    • Karen Ellison
    • October 15, 2013

    WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!! Lalah is bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LaMont Melrose
    • October 15, 2013

    Excuse me, it’s Lalah…sorry about that.

    • Deuce A
    • October 15, 2013

    I lost it when she went major

    • LATRESA HOLMES
    • October 15, 2013

    Yes Lawd!! Have mercy!! Love me some Lalah!!

    • jairo toloza
    • October 15, 2013

    This video prooves that you don’t have to play 3542311564654 notes in order to sound terrific! Each one of the musicians is doing just what they’re asked to do, even if it looks boring or something like that. But toguether they are freaking awesome! Of course, the lady is just out of this world. Thumbs up!

    • Shamik Jones
    • October 15, 2013

    Oh my goodness. Lalah. I’m done. #beastmode

    • MrTwoozy
    • October 14, 2013

    I’m not trying to troll or anything, but what is so special about doing this? It just sounds like she is using a hoarse voice. It doesn’t even sound like she is singing when she apparently makes “chords”.

    • Christopher McCollum
    • October 14, 2013

    Let me ask a question first: Do you have a musical background? If you don’t, hearing something like what she did would be practically impossible without the ability to distinguish tones and pitches. Why what she did is amazing is because most people are barely able, if they even can, produce two simultaneous pitches, usually accidentally. She produced THREE consistently.

    • Dina8485
    • October 14, 2013

    DAMN GIRL

    • Fat Daddy's House
    • October 14, 2013

    Can’t stop listening to this… and indeed, seeing the musicians so thrilled at Lalah’s performance (out of this world, everybody else go home) is in of itself so joyful… but above all, it is a fantastic song, so emotional

    • P00rBoyL0verMegamix
    • October 14, 2013

    600’000 views! Hmm. Finally this band gets some recognition (although I guess the high number of views is because of lalah :P) !

    • NotYourTypicalNegro
    • October 14, 2013

    This video is BLOWIN’ UP!

    • killerj0e
    • October 14, 2013

    Lalah stole the album, I’m convinced.

    • Anthony Luti
    • October 14, 2013

    My god…

    • Tiffany Turner
    • October 14, 2013

    This vocal beast right here!!!!!!!!!! I can’t! Who SINGS chords?

    • Ceci R
    • October 14, 2013

    Jon Cozart brought me here

    • Michael Clarke
    • October 14, 2013

    Not all chords are triads…. i may add.

    • The Sound Handler
    • October 14, 2013

    Never heard that at 06:00!! How did she do that??

    • 1funkyangel
    • October 14, 2013

    Her dad would b soooo proud !!! Tight arrangement too ! 🙂

    • SupaLicious
    • October 14, 2013

    How amazing to have the ability to take people on this kind of ride. LOVE IT.

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