Who Is Telling You the Truth About Commercial Dog Breeders?

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Do you recall that time when a reporter dropped by your place of business to snoop around, looking for information about you? Then they wrote up a misleading story online to make you look like a criminal. That hasn’t happened to you? Well, it probably hasn’t happened to most of us but if you breed dogs in America, there’s a risk that it could happen to you today thanks to the efforts of some of the vile, rabid animal rights groups that would like to see the end of all dog breeding.

Dog breeding in the United States is regulated at every level of government. Throughout the country there are laws at the state and federal level. Many places also have city and county regulations. Sales are regulated and taxed. Commercial breeders, in particular, are licensed and routinely inspected by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) arm of the USDA to enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). And, the AWA is frequently updated. In addition, many breeders are also inspected by other groups such as breed registries. In short, commercial breeders are highly regulated despite what you may be told by animal rights groups.

Groups such as CAPS (Companion Animal Protection Society), Bailing Out Benji, and the ASPCA do their best to sling mud at breeders, twisting the truth, and often trying to make small issues sound like something horrific. For instance, in the case of Rick and Cindy Jensen, of Neodesha, Kansas, they were included in several stories from these anti-breeding groups.

Rick and Cindy are USDA licensed breeders. In August 2017 they received a citation during a routine inspection to clean the feces from the Labrador kennel more often, even though it was being picked up daily. The inspector advised them to replace the floor surface for two kennel runs within a month, which was done.

In February 2022, the Jensens received citations because dug holes were observed under the divider fencing between two outdoor enclosures. The holes ranged in size from six inches to a foot in depth. The dogs were in contact with the fencing which could be a hazard. The dogs could also have possibly escaped. (If you have dogs, I don’t need to tell you how much some of them love to dig.)

The tops of six plastic water containers were also chewed, leaving jagged edges. Twelve dogs were in contact with the affected containers. They were ordered to be replaced.

The Jensens had two weeks to make these repairs which were accomplished within that time frame.

Those were the only violations found for the Jensens. There were no problems with their dogs or how the dogs were living. There were no health issues. You can see that the inspectors were careful to observe the kennels and dogs in close detail. Yet these were the only problems noted. These are the kind of issues that animal rights groups use to try to bash licensed breeders who are following the 309-page Animal Care Inspection Guide to care for their animals.

We also found a March 2022 report when the Jensens’ made their application to renew their license. “No non-compliant items were identified during this Re-License inspection.” CAPS, Bailing Out Benji, and the ASPCA fail to mention this report on their web sites.

We have honestly provided this information along with the links to the reports so you can see the record for yourself. Rick and Cindy Jensen work hard and take care of their dogs. Some people may not like commercial dog breeding but it is legal and highly regulated down to the fences and water buckets. They follow the rules and they are regularly inspected.

Animal rights groups don’t have the right to libel or slander them by suggesting that they don’t take good care of their dogs. The facts show otherwise.

When you see reports that attack commercial dog breeders, keep in mind that the CEO of the ASPCA makes a salary and other compensation of around $1 million annually; with another dozen top brass at the “non profit” bringing home six-figures per year. They are paid very well to keep people alarmed about dog breeding and other animal issues. Otherwise, they would be out of their high-paid jobs.

The ASPCA currently has a pending lawsuit against the USDA which perpetuates the false idea that USDA regulatory enforcement is “too lax.” This effort to pass “Goldie’s Law” (H.R. 1788) would increase adversarial enforcement by the USDA and force them to publish all inspection reports, even those which had not been adjudicated yet.

Animal rights groups are also trying to pressure Congress to pass the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 1624) or the “Better Collaboration, Accountability, and Regulatory Enforcement (CARE) for Animals Act (S. 2555) which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to weaponize the Department of Justice to oversee enforcement, penalties, and license suspensions of alleged animal cruelty.

The passage of any of these bills, even in part, would increase the operating cost to breeders. Their goal is to put dog breeders out of business.

If you think that animal rights groups are only after commercial breeders, you are dead wrong. Even hobby breeders and people who believe they are exempt from this kind of harassment are also in the crosshairs. These groups want to stop all breeding, no matter how perfectly you conduct yourself and your maintain your facility.

We have laws that work. More regulation only hurts the law abiding. More laws will not stop those who already violate the law. Think twice before you believe any accusations coming from these groups. You might find yourself being accused one day.