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September 29, 2010

The HSUS Responds to Sentencing of NY Breeder

Patrick Kwan, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to this week's sentencing of David Yoder of Romulus, N.Y., on animal cruelty charges related to the killing of nearly 100 dogs at Yoder’s Seneca County breeding facility:

“The Humane Society of the United States is disappointed in the plea agreement offered to David Yoder that resulted in a mere fine of $500 with no time in jail for the brutal killing of 93 dogs in Seneca County, N.Y. In July, Yoder killed 93 dogs at his puppy mill by locking them into a wooden box, then pumping in carbon monoxide through an exhaust pipe.

"Puppy mills are large scale breeding facilities that treat dogs like a cash crop as they churn out large numbers of puppies to be sold in pet stores. Dogs used for breeding on puppy mills live in small wire cages their entire life. They have no socialization and inadequate medical care.

"New York lacks effective laws to tackle puppy mill problems. This case emphasizes the need for the New York state legislature to enact stronger laws that require humane conditions and limit the number of animals at puppy mills as well as provide stiff sentences for horrific cruelty to animals.”

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