Nebraska’s Worst Animal Breeders RevealedPosted on January 13, 2014
Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls for Shut-Down of Cornhusker’s Law-Breaking Kennels
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund
OMAHA — After extensive review of the inspection records of commercial breeders in the state of Nebraska, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal letter today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), singling out the worst of these breeders and demanding the agency enforce the law against horrific violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). ALDF’s review shows animal cruelty routinely goes unpunished, and the group urges the USDA to move suffering animals to reputable shelters where they can receive veterinary attention. Furthermore, ALDF’s letter calls on the USDA to apply civil penalties and revoke the licenses of commercial dealers that have violated the AWA on multiple occasions, including:
- Sheryl Tietz of Heavens Blessings operates as a commercial dog dealer in Bancroft, Nebraska. Over the last several years, Ms. Tietz failed to provide veterinary care to several dogs. One dog was found suffering from an obvious tooth and ear infection. A second dog suffered excessive buildup of dental plaque and exhibited signs of a serious ear infection, causing a bloody discharge from his ears.
- Linda Hager operates as a commercial dog dealer in Crab Orchard, Nebraska. Over the last several years, Ms. Hagar failed to provide necessary veterinary care to seven dogs in need of immediate medical attention, who were found suffering from severely dry eyes, matting, missing cheek teeth, eyes covered in green fluid, and a collar so tight it caused hair loss around the neck. In total, inspectors documented 107 dogs in pain and distress.
“We call upon the USDA to act now on these ongoing violations, which have been thoroughly documented in their own records,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Otherwise, puppy mills continue to profit while dogs are shivering out in the cold, neglected, and without proper care.”
ALDF’s letter and a complete list of abusive breeders are available by request.