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Tuesday
Mar192019

Iowa AG Sues To Stop Sham 'Puppy Laundering' Ring

March 15, 2019

Lawsuit alleges that sham rescue groups ship dogs out of state to circumvent puppy mill laws

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Monday to shut down an alleged puppy-laundering ring, including dissolving two “pet rescue” non-profits accused of exporting designer dogs from Iowa to pet shops in other states.

The petition in equity filed in Polk County District Court alleges that one of the non-profits, Hobo K9 Rescue of Britt, sold at least 1,290 puppies to eight different entities in California, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey, from September 2016 to July 2018. The puppies — including Pomeranians, Shar-Peis, Alaskan Malamutes, Poodle-Yorkies and other breeds — were allegedly sold for $714,510.

Puppy laundering is the practice of using non-profit rescue groups to obscure the source of dogs, deceive consumers and circumvent “puppy mill” bans. California and Chicago, for example, have banned the commercial sale of some pets obtained from sources other than animal control shelters or rescue groups.

“No matter where they live, consumers should not be misled about the source of the pets they buy,” Miller said. “Puppy laundering obscures the identity of breeders who may have animal welfare violations or other problems.”

In addition to Hobo K9 Rescue, the lawsuit names as defendants:

  • Rescue Pets Iowa, a non-profit based in Ottumwa;
  • J.A.K.’s Puppies, a for-profit breeder based in Britt;
  • Jolyn K. Noethe of Britt, president of Hobo K9 as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies;
  • Kimberly Dolphin of Britt, treasurer of Hobo K9, as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies;
  • Megan Peterson of Wesley, a manager with J.A.K.’s Puppies and secretary of Hobo K9;
  • Russell Kirk of Ottumwa, president, secretary, treasurer and director of Rescue Pets Iowa.

The AG’s office asks a judge to permanently dissolve Hobo K9 Rescue and Rescue Pets for abusing their authorities under Iowa’s nonprofit laws. The office also requests a temporary injunction prohibiting the defendants from any business or charitable activities involving the transfer of animals, and a permanent injunction against deceptive practices. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties for up to $40,000 per violation and reimbursement for defrauded consumers.

Miller’s office has been investigating the puppy-laundering ring since June 2018. In response to a subpoena from the AG’s Consumer Protection Division, Hobo K9 said: “Our mission is to help unwanted or undesirable canines and/or felines find their forever homes.”

But the AG’s investigation allegedly shows that Hobo K9 sold pure-bred puppies, not older dogs, to out-of-state pet shops. In one case, Park Pet Shop in Chicago “adopted out” a “rescued” Goldendoodle puppy from Hobo K9 for $3,599.99, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges that Hobo K9 transferred money to J.A.K.’s to pay for the puppies.  “Because Defendants Noethe, Dolphin and Peterson are officers in both Defendant Hobo K9 Rescue and Defendant J.A.K.’s Puppies, it appears they must claim to ‘rescue’ puppies from themselves — or from the for-profit puppy mill industry in which they participate,” the lawsuit says.

After the AG’s office began investigating, the defendants started a “brand-new sham charity” called Rescue Pets Iowa Corp. in December 2018, according to the lawsuit. AG investigators obtained certificates of veterinary inspections from the Iowa Department of Agriculture that show Rescue Pets have exported several purebred and designer puppies to California and other states. Those documents contain the signature of Noethe, showing a link between Rescue Pets and the other defendants.

California’s statewide ban on the sale of “puppy mill dogs went into effect Jan. 1, 2019, yet defendants continue to ship their “rescue” dogs to California using sham entities, the lawsuit alleges.

Is it really a rescue dog? 

The practices of the nonprofits named in the Iowa AG’s lawsuit allegedly differ markedly from those of typical rescue groups. In an affidavit filed with the lawsuit, Tom Colvin, the CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, said legitimate canine rescues generally:

  • Do not expend the time and resources necessary to transport dogs to new owners hundreds of miles away to make profits;
  • Primarily offer older dogs, not designer and pure-bred puppies not in need of shelter, care and adoption;
  • Do not expend the time and resources necessary to provide “pedigrees” to new owners;
  • Spay or neuter dogs to prevent for-profit breeding;
  • Accept donations from the public to offset the costs of their work and to fund programs to reduce the number of animals being surrendered;
  • Charge minimal fees associated with shots and other essentials. “In no event would dogs from legitimate rescues within Iowa be consistently transferred to new owners for fees of any kind more than $1,000,” Colvin said.

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Monday
Mar182019

Smithtown Animal Shelter Pet Of The Week - Willow

Smithtown NY:The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, is Willow, a two year old Female Bully Mix who’s high intelligence and obedience is second only to her public displays of affection. This “whole body wagger” if often overlooked despite being the known “Welcome Wagon” at the shelter. She is extremely obedient and knows all of the major commands including Paw, fetch and release & find the treat. Willow loves kids and grown ups equally. She is the perfect family pet. 

Willow came to the Shelter as a relocation pup from the Town of Hempstead. She has been with us at the shelter for a year this month, but has yet to lose hope. She is young, healthy and full of love to give one lucky family. Willow is Spayed, microchipped & fully vaccinated. She would do best in a home without other pets, with a big yard to run or show off her long list of tricks.

If you are interested in meeting Willow or one of the wonderful rescue dogs/cats at the Smithtown Animal Shelter, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs and our Dog Walk trail.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575. 

Wednesday
Mar062019

Smithtown Animal Shelter Pet Of The Week - Brando The Boss Of All Bull Terriers

BRANDO THE BOSS OF ALL BULL TERRIERS

SMITHTOWN, NY: The Smithtown Animal Shelter is pleased to announce Brando as the Pet of the Week. Brando, is a 12-year-old male, rambunctious Bull Terrier who is all personality.  Brando arrived at the shelter with his brother (Bruce) after a house fire destroyed his home. He is a total ham, who loves to walk his own leash, play fetch and play all day.  

Brando would be best suited in a home with older kids (16 and up) where he’s the only pet as he’s not a fan of cats.  He has been neutered, microchipped, and is up-to-date on his vaccines. All dogs at the shelter are up-to-date on current vaccines and have received full workups by a board certified Veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.


Tuesday
Feb262019

SMITHTOWN ANIMAL SHELTER PET OF THE WEEK THEA

TORTIE TUESDAY: Thea, Tortoiseshell Kitten

SMITHTOWN, NY: Introducing Thea, an 11 month old female/spayed kitten. Thea was surrendered back to the shelter due to previously unknown allergies of a family member. This very friendly kitten has a lady like demeanor about her. It’s almost as though, she is well aware of her unique and extraordinary patterned coat. Thea is sweet, great with kids and other cats.

Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two!

All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc) by a board certified Veterinarian. In addition to kittens, the Animal Shelter has a variety of older, wiser and affectionate cats up for adoption.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers and Kennel Attendants at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another.

Residents who have other pets, can arrange to bring your four-legged family member to the shelter or set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets and the household itself. Please allow yourself an hour minimum to meet with your potential new family member.

Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Saturday
Feb232019

Noelle The Miracle Dog Gets Her “Furrever” Home

 

On December 16th, an emaciated stray dog was found wandering on Carriage House Court in Smithtown and immediately taken to a local animal hospital. The female labrador was estimated to be between eight and nine years old, weighed a mere 53 pounds, was missing most of her hair and had a number of noticeable growths on her skin. Despite her frail condition, the labrador’s nature was very much gentle and affectionate. She was quickly named Noelle, symbolizing the holiday and the birth of her second chance at a loving home.

Reports of a skinny black labrador began in the Fall, usually after it had rained. Residents and Good Samaritans posted videos from their security and doorbell cameras on social media. Smithtown Animal Control Officers were able to set traps in areas where she had been last spotted. Thanks to caring neighbors, posting sightings via security cameras and devoted ACO’s Noelle was caught and safely brought to a local emergency room, where she was assessed and treated.

Noelle, day oneNoelle, one weekNoelle gained weight and strength at the Smithtown Animal Shelter for the next ten days, quickly becoming a favorite among volunteers and staff. Her photo updates caught the attention of New York State Retriever Rescue, Inc (NYSRR) who offered to foster and help place Noelle in a “Furrever Home.”

Thanks to the devoted network at NYSRR, Noelle enjoyed the holidays with a loving family, and was cleared for surgery shortly after. The growths on Noelle’s body were successfully removed without issue. She was able to heal beside a NYSRR Volunteer Foster Family, who took care of Noelle until her adoption was made final. Noelle’s hair is growing back and she enjoys every single meal.

About the New York State Retriever Rescue, Inc

New York State Retriever Rescue, Inc (NYSRR) is a not for profit 501c(3) organization comprised of a network of volunteers. These devoted individuals are dedicated to locating homes for retrievers in need that represent the kind nature and spirit commonly associated with Labrador and Golden Retrievers: affability, gentleness and a peaceful, loving temperament. The organization also offers services to those who are unable to care for their dog. The NYSRR mission is to provide veterinary care for any and all dogs prior to being placed in loving homes.

 

Photos included: Day one at 53 Lbs, One Week Later & One Month Later at 63lbs.

Tuesday
Feb192019

Animal Shelter Pets Of The Week

 

SMITHTOWN, NY: Introducing Oreo, the Smithtown Animal Shelter Pet of the Week, a 1-year-old Male Great Dane/Terrier Mix. Oreo is a playful, energetic pup who doesn’t realize his own size. He is good with older kids (Ages 10 and up) but not a fan of other animals. He would do best in a home with a big open yard to run around in.

OreoOreo is Neutered, microchipped, and is up-to-date on his vaccines. All dogs and cats at the shelter are up-to-date on current vaccines and have received full workups by a board certified Veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers and Kennel Attendants at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another.

Residents who have other pets, can arrange to bring your four-legged family member to the shelter or set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets and the household itself. Please allow yourself an hour minimum to meet with your potential new family member. 

Mandy, the Tuxedo Kitten

Mandy was brought to the shelter in August when she literally ran into a woman’s home. This affectionate nine month old kitten lives in our nursery where she socializes with other cats. Mandy is great with kids, other cats and secretly believes she’s really a lap dog.  

Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster, from red headed to cobalt blue, calico and tortoiseshell domestic short-hair and long… If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two!

MandyAll kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. In addition to these two playful brothers, the Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption (or to foster) in addition to older, wiser and loving cats

Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Sunday
Feb172019

Senator John Flanagan Joins Legislative Pet Food Drive Challenge


Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is once again joining with Long Island Cares to support their annual Legislative Pet Food Drive Challenge.  This event helps restock their pet pantry to assist struggling Long Island families care for their pets.

Baxter’s Pet Pantry, which was created by Long Island Cares in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF) in 2009, strives to provide pet owners throughout Long Island with access to the supplies their animals need.  The pantry collects pet food, toys, pet clothes and other supplies for all types of family pets including dogs, cats, fish, birds and others.

As part of the pet food drive, Senator Flanagan’s office will serve as a collection site for Long Island Cares through Tuesday, April 30th.  Pet supply donations can be dropped off at Senator Flanagan’s Smithtown district office, which is located at 260 Middle Country Road, during normal business hours.

According to Long Island Cares, the most needed items are:

    · 5 or 10 pound bags of dog and cat food – though they do accept larger bags as well
    · Canned food for dogs and cats
    · Kitty Litter
    · Dog and Cat Treats
    · Collars and Leashes
    · Food for all pets – including reptiles, fish, ferrets, hamsters and more
    · Fish Food
    · New Pet Toys


Long Island Cares requests that all pet food be unopened and in its original packaging.



“Every year, it is our great privilege to join with Long Island Cares in their effort to help families protect their pets.  In many homes in our community, pets are a crucial part of the family that brings love and friendship and they must be protected when tough times hit.  It is our hope that everyone who is able will join us in the effort to help those in need this year,” stated Senator Flanagan.

Tuesday
Feb122019

Cindy - Smithtown Shelter Pet Of The Week

SMITHTOWN, NY: Introducing Cindy, the Smithtown Animal Shelter Pet of the Week, an 11-year-old female Beagle Mix. Cindy arrived at the shelter after her former owner passed away. Cindy is an affectionate, loyal dog who loves to run and play outside or cuddle up with you after a long day. She is good around cats, other dogs, and children. Cindy is truly the perfect family dog.

She has been spayed, microchipped, and is up-to-date on her vaccines. All dogs and cats at the shelter are up-to-date on current vaccines and have received full workups by a board certified Veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers and Kennel Attendants at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another.

Residents who have other pets, can arrange to bring your four-legged family member to the shelter or set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets and the household itself. Please allow yourself an hour minimum to meet with your potential new family member.


Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Wednesday
Feb062019

SMITHTOWN ANIMAL SHELTER PET OF THE WEEK BRUCE THE BULL TERRIER

 
SMITHTOWN ANIMAL SHELTER PET OF THE WEEK
BRUCE THE BULL TERRIER

SMITHTOWN, NY: ​The Smithtown Animal Shelter introduces this week’s Pet of the Week, Bruce, a 14-year-old male Special Needs Bull Terrier. Bruce arrived at the shelter after a house fire destroyed his home. He is a gentle, laid back fella who loves to cuddle.

Note to Potential Soulmates​: Bruce taps his back leg when you give him a good scratch behind the ear.

Bruce is a Special Needs Adoption. With proper medication and management, his quality of life and comfort is exceptional. He has been neutered, microchipped, and is up-to-date on his vaccines. All dogs at the shelter are up-to-date on current vaccines and have received full workups by a board certified veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption: The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

Hours at Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM and Saturday 8AM - 4:00PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

Monday
Jan282019

Town Of Smithtown Announces Online Dog License Renewal

Online Dog License Renewal Now Available

The Town of Smithtown Town Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce that residents can now renew their dogs’ license from any internet device. Residents can log onto The Town of Smithtown’s Online Dog License Renewal System follow the simple instructions and securely pay with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Debit or Electronic Check.

“We’re working towards convenience. Our plan is to allow residents the ease of access we all expect in this digital age. It is my hope that we will be able to offer additional licenses and permits online in the near future.” - Vincent Puleo, Town Clerk

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets requires that all dogs four months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. In addition to filling out the application, the owner must submit proof of a current rabies vaccination and a certificate or affidavit that the dog has been spayed or neutered if applicable..

Certified copies of Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates can be ordered online by using VitalChek.com. All other applications for permits, licenses and forms are available for download at smithtownny.gov.