Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Sioux City, IA. Adoption event empties Minneapolis animal control shelter the good way. “All dogs adopted! Anson (TX) Animal Shelter will not be euthanizing any dogs on Thanksgiving.” TNR advocates pack city council chambers and defeat anti-cat feeding ban. A pet store opens a lounge for rescued cats. And finally, the AKC breeder certification program is a sham, offering few inspections and certified breeders charged with animal cruelty.

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And finally, the American Kennel Club (AKC) claims it has “an ongoing routine kennel inspection program” and “a dedicated team of field agents” to certify breeders. And yet, despite certifying hundreds of thousands of breeders, including designating thousands of those as “the most conscientious and most committed breeders,” the AKC is not performing any inspections of over 90% of them. Moreover, “Even when the AKC does inspect a breeder, its skeletal team often misses or overlooks obvious signs of neglect or abuse…”

Case in point: An “AKC Breeder of Merit… was arrested and charged with animal cruelty only eight days after an AKC inspector visited the breeder’s property and issued a report saying everything was up to par, thereby steering the AKC’s dog-loving followers to an unscrupulous breeder who neglected the health and well-being of the dogs in her care.”

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