Over the last several years organizations in the State of Indiana have been established to foster and promote the education and best management practices of responsible pet breeders to ensure optimum care is provided to animals in kennels. Responsible breeders truly care about the health and welfare of their animals, and they are just as upset as anyone, if not more upset, when they learn of reports of a substandard kennel. For this reason, we respectfully wish to set the record straight for all who truly care about the health and well being of animals, and especially dogs.
At the Indiana Council for Animal Welfare board meeting on May 19, 2009, discussion was held on this issue and it was reiterated that the Indiana Council for Animal Welfare condemn all substandard kennels which reflect poorly on the vast majority of responsible breeders who have demonstrated by their actions that they are in compliance with existing animal welfare laws and regulations, and that they truly care about the health and welfare of their animals.
We encourage all pet breeders in Indiana to become inspected and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. We are willing to help educate pet breeders on animal husbandry practices that promote the health and welfare of their animals and comply with the laws and regulations of licensed facilities. We will also educate breeders on the required paperwork for licensees.
The next Indiana Council for Animal Welfare annual seminar is to be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Franklin, Indiana, on Nov. 6th & 7th, 2009. We recommend all pet breeders attend this free seminar to acquire education in acceptable pet breeding practices that provide for the health and welfare of their animals. More information can be found on www.icaw.org in the near future.
If you, as a pet breeder, find yourself in a substandard situation, please contact the Indiana Council for Animal Welfare. We will try to help you improve your situation, or assist you in placing your animals in better living conditions.
Indiana Council for Animal Welfare
President: Sherry L. Beck
Director of Retail Outlets: Craig E. Curry