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January 21, 2014

Random-Source Dog Dealer has License Revoked

USDA applauded by The Humane Society of the United States

Only five random-source Class B dog dealers remain in the U.S. after the revocation of Kenneth Schroeder’s license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schroeder and the USDA came to a settlement agreement on Jan. 15 after a USDA complaint was filed in September 2013 alleging multiple and serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including allegations of obtaining dogs from illegal sources, failure on multiple occasions to provide USDA access to his property for inspection and poor sanitation.

Random-source Class B dealers are permitted to gather dogs and cats from various sources, including auctions, “free to good home” ads, online sources, flea markets and even animal control and some shelter facilities to then resell the dogs to research facilities. There have been cases of stolen pets ending up in research laboratories due to these B dealers.

In Nov. 2013, The Humane Society of the United States drew attention to the sale of live dogs from Schroeder to Georgia Regents University as part of an undercover investigation. Six dogs sold by Schroeder underwent painful and deadly dental experiments during the investigation. Schroeder sold approximately 200 dogs to GRU between 2005 and October 2013. Recently, GRU announced it would no longer acquire dogs from random source B dealers.

Kathleen Conlee, vice president of Animal Research Issues for The HSUS said: “The end of business for another unscrupulous random source dog dealer is something we’ve all been waiting for and we extend our thanks to the USDA for pursuing this case. This decision will certainly save dogs from suffering and we will rest a bit easier knowing that, but we will continue to press until the sale of random source dogs to research institutions is a thing of the past.”   

Reports by the National Academy of Sciences and the Government Accountability Office concluded the oversight of random source Class B dealers cannot ensure that pets will not end up in research laboratories. In 2012, these findings led the National Institutes of Health to institute a phase out of funding for research involving acquisition of cats and dogs from random source dealers. The cat policy went into effect in October 2012 and NIH announced last month that the dog policy will go into effect Oct. 1, 2014.

There are five random source Class B dealers of live dogs and cats remaining in the U.S.

Timeline

  • Sept. 19, 2013: The USDA filed a legal complaint against Kenneth Schroeder for multiple and serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including obtaining dogs from unauthorized sources.
  • Nov. 20, 2013: The HSUS released the findings of its undercover investigation at GRU involving serious concerns about the use of dogs, primates and rodents at the institution.
  • Nov. 20, 2013: The HSUS filed petitions with the USDA and NIH urging investigation into violations of the Animal Welfare Act and Public Health Service Policy by GRU.
  • Dec. 7, 2013: More than 125 members of the Augusta community held a dog walk to protest GRU’s practices to urge the university to stop buying dogs from random source B dealers, end dental experiments on dogs and increase transparency with the public.
  • Jan. 7, 2013: GRU announces it will stop purchasing dogs from Class B dealers.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org

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