Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Danish Hovawart Puppy Mill Meltdown: Police Is Failing


Kenzo is barking his longs out to get his fourty friends removed from the puppy mill in the town of Haslev, Denmark. And yes, this is a shameless plee if you will not bark with us, by signing this petition:


If you have not read sunday's post, the short version of what happened is that a long-time Hovawart puppy mill in Denmark is melting down due to economic and health issues with the owners. Fourty Hovawart dogs inside the puppy mill are caught in the middle. They live in an abandoned property, severly underweight and are being neglected. Police has given the owners until February 1, to bring things in order. The Danish Animal Welfare organization, "Dyrenes Beskyttelse", fears for the dogs survival and is afraid they won't make it that long.

Today we learned that the health and economic conditions of the owners are very severe. The property - with the dogs still in it - is foreclosed, and the new place the owners moved to, soon has to be abandoned as well. It is very likely the owners will not be able to recover their business.

We also learned the police fails in handling the situation. They revoked the puppy mill's license based on the the Danish Regulation For Commercial Breeding. A good step although long overdue. More important, they neglected to address the state of health of the dogs. The dogs are in such a bad shape, that this is not about a breeding license, this is a downright animal cruelty case, and falls under the Animal Protection Act which obliges the police to either seize or euthanize the animals when the owner apparantly is not able to take care of them (Art. 21 and 22).

The police won't move unless asked questions by politicians. Politicians won't move if we don't tell them loud and clear: There is only one priority at this moment. The dogs must get out of there. Now.

The petition targets the local Chief of Police, the Mayor, local Town Hall members, and the Danish Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare. If you would like to send them your own letter or e-mail, that would even be better. 

We can give you more information from inside the puppy mill soon, as one of their former employees has come forward with her story.

But first we have to get the dogs out. Please sign and share with your friends. I know you will, you love dogs as much as I do when you read this blog. Thank you.

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For the latest and how you can help, visit the page Stop Danish Hovawart Puppy Mill.




14 comments:

  1. Terrible! I don't understand why your animal welfare groups have to wait if it's clear the dogs are already in bad shape :(

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    1. In short, they can only come in after the police has closed it down. We don't have an SPCA, that's a police task, and they are not educated and don't give it priority. Basically the guy that is writing your parking ticket is making the call if your dog is healthy. What baffles me even more is that they have vets with them, they should make more pressure.

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  2. We too don't understand why they have not been removed. Paws crossed over here that it gets sorted ASAP. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Neither do I. I also wrote more about in my answer to GLP's comment.

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  3. Leo - Thank you for spreading the word about this situation. Many people are very familiar with puppy mills in the U.S. but may not know this type of situation also occurs in other countries. I hope your petition generates enough signatures to get the police and politicians to help save these poor dogs. Good Luck!

    Vicki Cook
    Team BTC

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I wish we had professional puppy mill fighters in this country. They would have already be closed down years ago.

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  4. This is just unacceptable! How could they leave the dogs in an abandoned property and not remove them?!? I hope your petition gets the Police and other officials off their butts to save these dogs!

    Oz

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    1. So do I. We turn the heat up as much as we can and know how.

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  5. Signed and shared! I hope you can get some action taken for the sake of the dogs. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for signing and sharing Julie!

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  6. Oh no, this is terribly sad!! I'm so sorry that those beautiful pups haven't had the police step up and rescue them yet! I have had my human sign the petition and we will share online! Thank you for bringing this to our attention!! :-D

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  7. Signed. OMD...how awful for those pups!! I hope, I pray - that things work out okay for them. Keep us updated.

    And most definitely, it's long overdue for our world to say goodbye permanently to puppy mills.

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals!
    btc4animals.com
    cindylusmuse.blogspot.com

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  8. What a nightmare. I can't imagine the thought process of those involved. I understand covering yourselves, but seriously, at what cost? Great post, and best of luck.

    PoochieProject.com

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  9. Signed and shared! This kind of cruelty cannot continue. Not in modern day, first world countries that should know better.

    I look forward to updates and am hoping the story has a happy ending. Thank you so much for passing this all on and working so hard to make a difference.

    Kristine
    Team BTC

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