4th Statewide Puppy Mill Store Ban in World, 3rd in US

Even whilst Maryland’s statewide ban is being challenged in court (it will lose like 13 other attempted lawsuits), Maine’s Governor Janet Mills has moved the legislature’s 6 month old bill to law.

Our sister site Puppy Mill Free US reports extensively on the history of Maine’s ban, which could have been the first in the world back in 2015 in their article Maine’s Convoluted Path to a Ban.

Meanwhile, the Puppy Mill Free.US global tracking map has a new blue state!

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Of course you know the next move: Move the trial

Of course the clown liars are going to plead they won’t be able to get a fair and impartial jury in the local area due to all the news coverage, protests, blog posts, FB page firestorms, et.al.

And another reason to get these people out of dodge for the trial: the judge and Mike’s prima donna lawyer could have some bad blood. Judge Freeman was wife-murderer Darren Mack’s initial lawyer. Rick Cornell, Mike’s liar, er, lawyer, got Mack a retrial at a hearing based on his argument that Mack’s first lawyers—Judge Freeman among them—didn’t instruct him properly.

So, there is no doubt in my mind they will beg the court to let them try the case somewhere else. Will probably sue for a venue in the most rural part of Nevada they can hope for where puppy mills could be part of the landscape and sympathies may run with “victims of the animal rights/vegan agenda.”

Might try to head to Las Vegas, but there are long battles over puppy mill stores there with Las Vegas the only city in the country to have passed a ban only to retract it. Though they could pass it again and perhaps soon.

And there’s the puppy store owner who tried to light the store on fire with 27 animals in it! So heading to Vegas for trial doesn’t seem like a wise trick. Somewhere along the Loneliest Road in America would be just about right, the only place they could get what they think is a “fair” trial. Somewhere between Eureka and Austin where the inbred hunting crowd is pissed off at animal rights activists for spoiling their fun.

Now of course they won’t bring that plea up for awhile, sometime into the middle of next Spring. And if the case has to move to a new venue, that could add months to the time the trial actually gets under way with jury selection.

And all the while the accused perps could have their mitts on puppies and kittens, doing who knows what to them, injecting them with “fluids” and vaporizing them in a desperate attempt to keep them at least 10% alive going out the door. Because once they are gone they are—in most cases if the Yelp reviews are to be believed—forgotten.

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Good news though: Judge hasn’t budged on any of the other shenanigans the Schneiders’ liars have come up with. So hopefully he’ll make them stay here and take their medicine like they forced those poor dogs to do even though they themselves aren’t qualified as veterinarians!

Clown show of dismissing case against Schneiders is over

Technicality kings couldn’t budge the judge

Judge Freeman denied the Writ of Habeas Corpus asking suit against Schneiders be dropped.

Freeman took 13 business days to produce his ruling. Will be interesting to read the judge’s brief.

You’d think the Schneiders would consider new lawyers after the technicality kings couldn’t budge the judge. Though people accused of animal abuse don’t usually get to pick the cream of the legal representation crop, unless of course, they are pleading insanity. Which might be the best case for them anyway.

Judge denies request to throw out charges in puppy store case

KingThe community is still in disbelief the Schneiders thumbed their noses at a speedy trial, allowing them to continue to make profits off the backs of suffering animals through the impulse purchase holiday season.

The jury trial won’t even begin for another 4 months and 20 days! And then there will be jury selection which the clowns liars will stretch out to the bitter end, of course.

Puppy Mill Free Reno was born on 7/11/13. Here’s to hoping the trial will be over by our 7th anniversary.

In any case:

Puppies: 2
Schneiders: 0

Nearly ½ year until the Schneiders’ trial

The Reno community is outraged that the Schneiders and their lawyers WAIVED their right to a speedy trial!

Who on Earth doesn’t want a speedy trial?

People who are gaming the system so they can keep on selling puppies all through the impulse purchase holiday season, that’s who.

Of course their technicality-proficient lawyers, especially Tau-Schneider’s, have a knack for getting clients into retrial hearings by exploiting technicalities.

That’s what they are trying to do on 12/03/19 at 10:00a: get their clients off on a technicality of improper jury instructions. Yes, that old chestnut. Good luck!

If their lawyers aren’t able to make a strong enough case that their clients’ egregious charges should be dropped, we have a painfully long wait until these two accused animal torturers are put in front of a judge again.

And jury. How long will it take the clownish lawyers to go through the jury selection process. They’ve already accused no one in particular of prejudice against their clients for being black, though at the 11/09 hearing did not present any evidence for their outrageous claim. But we can expect more theatrics and drama from the opera singing lawyers that could extend the trial for who knows how long. All good, if the lawyers are able to extend the owners’ selling dogs even one more day. That’s what they are paid for.

Next court day of note is 5/11/2020 when the trial

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proceeds.

We have a countdown clock on our site on the Home and Courtroom pages.

Doing our most to close loopholes in the upcoming Reno ban

We’ve been in on meetings to develop the ordinance language for the Reno ban that City Council Members voted unanimously t0 not include a grandfathering clause. The entire council aims to end puppy and kitten sales in retail stores as soon as possible.

We’ve submitted to City Staff ordinances with very strong penalties per instance per day, ($2500) and strong definitions of rescues to spear the problem California is having with David Salinas.

Our immense local hardcopy signature petition of 20,000 stated on each and every page the retail sales of:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • rabbits
  • ferrets

We also now would include:

  • pot-bellied pigs
  • guinea pigs
  • long-lived birds
  • large reptiles
  • certain turtles
  • certain chicks

Royal Oak, MI: Ferrets

§ 195-36 Sale of dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets by retail pet stores prohibited. 

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for a retail pet store to sell or offer for sale a dog, cat, rabbit, or ferret. A retail pet store may provide space to an animal control shelter, as defined in MCLA § 287.331(f), or an animal rescue organization, as defined in this article, to offer to the public dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets, provided that the retail pet store shall not have any ownership interest in the animals offered and shall not receive any fee for providing space or for the adoption of any of the animals.

Royal Oak Municipal Code

Pot-Bellied Pigs from Mesquite and North Las Vegas bans

6.13.145 – Limitations on pet shop sales

A. No pet shop shall display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, barter, auction, give away, broker or otherwise transfer or dispose of a dog, cat, rabbit or potbellied pig, except for a dog, cat, rabbit or potbellied pig obtained from an animal shelter, nonprofit humane society or nonprofit animal rescue organization.

North Las Vegas Ordinance

Guinea Pigs from Key West Florida

Pet means a dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, or guinea pig.

Sec. 10-255. – Prohibitions.

(a) Sale or transfer of pets. No pet store shall display, sell, trade, deliver, barter, lease, rent, auction, give away, transfer, offer for sale or transfer, or otherwise dispose of pets on or after the effective date of this section unless the pet store is exempt under [section] 10-256.

Key West Municipal Code

Certain Chicks and Turtles from Sandy City and Midvale, Utah bans:

(e) Fowl:

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any fowl under two (2) months of age in any quantity less than six (6). Such animals shall not be artificially dyed or colored. Nothing in this provision shall be construed to prohibit the raising of such fowl by a private individual for his personal use and consumption, provided that he shall maintain proper brooders and other facilities for the care and containment of such animals while they are in his possession.

Midvale Municipal Code

(g) Pet turtles:

It shall be unlawful for any petshop or other business or person to raise or sell any turtle, tortoise or terrapin under four(4) inches front to back carapace length

Sandy Municipal Code

Cambridge MA: arachnids, birds, mammals, amphibians, or reptiles

6.20.020 – Prohibition on Retail Sales.

A. A pet shop may offer for sale only those arachnids, birds, mammals, amphibians, or reptiles that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:

1. An animal care facility, as defined in section 6.20.010 of this chapter; or
2. An animal rescue organization, as defined in section 6.20.010 of this chapter; or
3. An animal sold or displayed for agricultural uses; or
4. Dead animals sold or displayed as breeder animals.

Cambridge Municipal Code

AKC “Licensing” is a Sham. Everybody knows that, right?

Quite awhile ago now, NBC’s TODAY show presented a scathing exposé on ACK registration of puppies coming out of puppy mill pet stores, proving that the piece of paper a customer gets from a puppy store that shows the pup as AKC licensed is bought and paid for by the breeder. The huge revenue AKC gets from automatic licensing of any puppy in a puppy mill pays for their extravagant yearly dog show.

Despite the national terrible press for the AKC, nothing has changed.

A three-month investigation by The Canine Review found that the go-to authority on dogs is designating thousands of breeders as “Breeders of Merit” without any prerequisite onsite inspection, even as the AKC assures the public on its website that it considers them “the most conscientious and most committed breeders.”

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The Canine Review has found that the world’s authority on dogs is making promises on its website about its quality controls that it cannot possibly be keeping. 

In AKC We Trust, The Canine Review
  • They can’t possibly keep up inspections with only a dozen or so inspectors for 11,000 registered breeders.
  • Any puppy miller can go online and get the license as long as they pay the proper fee.
  • Dupes who go to puppy stores because they didn’t do their homework so don’t know any better see AKC REGISTERED on a pup’s paperwork and believe that justifies the $2,000 (and up) price tag.

And that’s why ending puppy sales in retail stores is an animal welfare issue as well as a consumer fraud issue.