Anderson County Council (South Carolina) will hold an Ad Hoc meeting on Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the courthouse, where they'll discuss a new puppy mill ordinance, Fox Carolina reported August 27.
This meeting follows on the heels of an August 21 meeting, where animal rescue groups and business owners had a chance to speak on how they believe a puppy mill ordinance should be created and enforced.
A new ordinance would be a package deal, including health and welfare of dogs sold through puppy mill operations. Council members will have to come up with a true definition on what constitutes a puppy mill.
The ordinance will have to benefit the health of the dogs, including vaccinations and deworming in compliance with the American Animal Hospital, while not being so strict as to prevent breeders from being able to sell a dog.
William McClellion, co-owner of the Anderson Jockey Lot where the tip about the puppy mill originated, is concerned that new regulations will make it impossible for breeders to offer dogs to the public at a good price. In an interview with Fox Carolina, McClellion stated
"If it's reasonable I agree with it, but I don't want it to become so cumbersome that no one can sell and the price of a dog goes to $5,000."
McClellion believes he's been personally attacked because by the battle waging between the puppy mill issue and the investigation that put the spotlight on Anderson Jockey Lot.
While McClellion believes he'll lose business, breeders are concerned a new ordinance will be too stringent to follow. Breeders reported at the previous council meeting that they're regulated by national animal care organizations.
The August 29 meeting will be to develop an ordinance, but it won't be voted on until a future meeting. A puppy mill ordinance is long overdue for Anderson County, who had the largest puppy mill bust in history on August 9.
More than 150 dogs were seized from a Starr property belonging to Donald F. Black, and placed in 14-day quarantine at the old Anderson P.A.W.S. animal shelter.
Readers, how do you feel about puppies being sold at the Anderson Jockey lot? Is this in the best interest of the dogs, where home visits and reference checks are non-existent?
Should puppy mills be banned entirely, with only breeders who are following strict guidelines issued by the American Animal Hospital Association being allowed to sell a dog or cat? Your comments are welcome.