Washoe County Regional Animal Services proposing animal code changes

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Updated: 8/19/2014 10:09 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Several News 4 viewers emailed concerns on how animals are being treated in local retail stores.

Animal control officials said if they get complaints about animal welfare at stores, they do not take it lightly. "We do get calls for our local pet shops, we have a variety of them in town, and when we do get a complaint, we will go out, we’ll investigate and look into the situation," said Washoe County Regional Animal Services Supervisor Bobby Smith.

Smith said if they find a violation, the first step is working with owners to fix the problem. "Education is the first line of defense and then if that doesn’t work, then of course there are other legal remedies we can follow."

Smith said they will be proposing animal code changes to County Commissioners this fall. The changes will allow animal services to have better enforcement capabilities to ensure the welfare of animals in pet stores. "It will clarify what the law is, it will put procedures in place, documentation that will be needed to be kept by the stores, just things so we can go and connect the dots."

One local resident wants the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores to end. "Closing a business is not what we want, but turning the animals over to the accredited nonprofits is what we're looking for," said Billy Howard of Puppy Mill Free Reno.

Smith said animal services wants to hear all input before a final document is presented to the county. If you are interested in attending a workshop about proposed animal code changes, Washoe County is hosting two next week. For more information, go to the Washoe County website.
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KimberlKraemer - 8/21/2014 1:27 PM
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Someone said go see Puppy Mill. I'm the puppy mill. This is where I am located... http://thepuppymill.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/puppy-mill/ Please feel free to visit anytime.

Ruby - 8/21/2014 3:50 AM
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Substandard kennel are the exception not the norm. Do bad places exist YES they do. Do government controlled bad places exist YES they do also. Check out hoe often animals are being rescued from *rescues... How often pounds are getting SHUT down... Did you know that MOST animals NEVER experience abuse UNTIL the end up lost or surrendered to a pound. Then they are subject to lack of food/water. Lack of anyplace soft to lay. Some pounds ONLY have outside kennels. They are subject to tramatic catches with catch poles & being dragged or sling around. They are beaten. Their pens hosed down with them in it regardless of chemicals used or temperatures. These GOVERNMENT run cesspools are FAR MORE common today then bad breeders. Reno doesn't even have many if any breeders. They have crazy antibreeder laws already. Just more government intrustion. Just asking for swat to come rolling in to raid the town!! Your opinion is just that your opinion. The facts are MOST animal rights groups are NOT in it for the animals. They are in it for the ideals, or the money, or just because they want to see the elimination of ALLLL animal interactions with humans. SUCH as it is with PeTA their president Ingrid expects ALLLL her follows to be vegan, but she isn't. She has insulin dependant diabetes. Insulin in an animal based product - so HOW DO YOU preach total separation between humans & animals when YOUR LIFE depends on the animals (you hate)... To this y'all throw about 30 million a year. PeTA = People Euthanizing The Animals . The Humane Society of the US is the HSUS they run NOW shelters, they have no animals of their own, they are NOT vets, or farmers, nor did they earn their degrees in animal husbandry . Somehow people believe that a bunch of overpriced lawyers & lobbyists know BETTER then the farmers and other people directly involved in & provide the DAILY care of animals. The HSUS lobbies to end animals all ownership. With 30 mill in donations- they fight US with our money.

LASD1096 - 8/20/2014 11:18 AM
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Another rant from Tonysam. You need to go see a puppymill, it will disgust you. I am all for pet stores selling responsibly bred animals but the fact of the matter is, the puppy mills exist, they are horrible and I do not know of any "Vegans" being concerned about them, they are not a food product here in the US.

tonysam - 8/20/2014 7:39 AM
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So somebody wants pet store sales to end and believes they are "puppy mills." Understand, people, any nutjob who rants about "puppy mills" is an animal rights crackpot. These people have as their goal the complete elimination of domesticated animals in order to force people to adopt a vegan lifestyle for nutty "ethical reasons." ALL breeders to these whack jobs are "puppy mills." This extremism needs to be fought, and animal rights people should have NO seat in any policymaking. Animal welfare is one thing, but animal "rights" is another altogether. Besides, animals do not have "rights" because it is a human concept. Animals don't have "rights" because they don't NEED them.

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