Nebraska’s Worst Animal Breeders Revealed

Posted on January 13, 2014

Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls for Shut-Down of Cornhusker’s Law-Breaking Kennels

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Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

nebraska-puppy-mills-facebook-image-680x680OMAHA — 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.


21 thoughts on “Nebraska’s Worst Animal Breeders Revealed

  1. Cheryl Zbik says:

    Please help these animals. They are victims without a voice. We must be their voice.

  2. Paula Schneider says:

    What are you waiting for – all the dogs to die before you decide to take action??? Do your job…………

  3. Gary Eppler says:

    Who are these people paying off so they can continue to operate?

  4. Tracey Cheney says:

    If people know about this why has nothing been done? Why does it take people going crazy on social networks to get people to do the right thing? Disgusting! Breeders need to stop anyway and puppy mill owners should be made to live in the conditions that these animals suffer in. SAVE THESE BABIES!

  5. Christina says:

    How do we find complete list for nebraska I would love that.. and thank youfor all you do..

  6. Cheryl Noone says:

    You have the power to make a difference. One act of kindness can trickle down and cause a world of good! You can make a kinder world and an amazing example. Please help!

  7. JOAN-GAIL RANGER says:

    LAW MAKERS: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. DO YOUR JOB AND INVESTIGATE AND SHUT DOWN THOSE PUPPY MILLS. YOU KNOW THEY ARE HORRIFIC. MAYBE YOU SHOULD LIVE IN ONE OF THOSE CAGES TO UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE POOR ANIMALS EXIST. DO YOUR JOBS AND SHUT THOSE MILLS DOWN NOW FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ANIMALS.

  8. yoon says:

    Please help them!

  9. Stephen Sabastian says:

    Shut those breeders down and enforce penalties for neglect and estimated onset of abuse. Revolk their licenses and get those dogs into shelters

  10. Lorie Obradovich says:

    These breeders aren’t going to stop if they know the law is only lip service. They need to be shut down and prosecuted! What’s the hold up?!?

  11. BARBARA VEST says:

    THEY NEED TO BE CLOSED DOWN AND SERVE SOME TIME IN JAIL FOR ANIMAL ABUSE

  12. Debbie Hall says:

    Why are u taking so long to help these animals???? Shut em down now!!!!!

  13. Tommie redington says:

    It is so way past time for media blast to help free these innocent ones. And lots of prayers!

  14. Mary Arellano says:

    What is it going to take to make puppy mills illegal? Why aren’t domesticated animals protected under the law and the abusers punished? No animal should suffer at the hands of a human, and for those that stand by and do nothing…you are just as guilty! I pray someday that justice will be served and our animals will be cared for like they deserve to be!

  15. Kris says:

    How about a good hard kick in the teeth to these sick people!

  16. marianne erikson says:

    How can this be allowed to go on? How can this be legal? Nebraska (and all the other states where puppymills are rampant) should be ashamed of themselves!

  17. Pauline says:

    What’s worse is that the Nebraska Department of Agriculture continues to allow these and many other breeders who aren’t quite as bad but almost. Contact Marshal Lux, Nebraska’s Ombudsman at this link and file a complaint about Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture. http://nebraskalegislature.gov/divisions/ombud-filing.php

  18. fayeday@shaw.ca says:

    if any one can think of how to protect our selfes in bc please make a write up here and bc canada the corruption is unreal the judges dont seem to want to atmmitt what happing cant keep animals espeselly pure breeds reg

  19. diane says:

    Please publish the entire list so we all know who they are and can share nationwide!

  20. Sharon Demaree says:

    It’s time to take puppy mills out from under the jurisdiction of USDA. We need a new department to govern the so called breeders and heavy penalties for those who don’t follow the rules. If you want this stopped write letters to your representative–and I mean letters—tons of them. And send pictures. I would like the complete list as I’ve started writing to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. He will get at least one letter a week from me.

  21. Sophie Hendrix says:

    Please shut down all puppy Mills!
    I’m tired that so many innocent, defenseless animals are suffering for human greed!

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