Regarding a MN puppy mill investigated by a Boston TV station and others:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its final decision and order, stated that [Kathy] Bauck is “unfit” to be licensed because she operated her kennel in a criminally improper manner.
And by “criminally improper” they mean:
[…] emaciated dogs, sick dogs and others being dunked in a tub of diluted but toxic insecticide that is only supposed to be used on swine.
The government is revoking Bauck’s license to deal dogs based on her conviction of animal cruelty and torture in March 2009. The year before, she pleaded guilty to practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Both times Bauck spent time in jail.
OK so this all sounds pretty bad. And my first reaction was “Thank goodness the government finally did something to help these dogs!” But:
Bauck will still be allowed to keep her animals because they’re considered her personal property.
And she can continue selling dogs online since the USDA doesn’t regulate that. But she has to wait 2 years before re-applying for a USDA license so I guess that’ll learn her. As for the dogs, well we can always hope the Boston TV station, the animal activists, the U.S. justice system and the USDA are all wrong and Ms. Bauck really takes great care of her pets.