Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Brunswick continues on as a major puppy mill contributor to Canada

New Brunswick and Quebec have been historically the puppy mill capitals of Canada because of their lax animal cruelty laws and New Brunswick continues to prove it with the recent news of the rescue of 26 small breed dogs at the beginning of September.

They were between the ages of 2 and 13 years old and were given up because of health issues with their owner - most of them were immediately put into new homes - but 7 of them have come to Nova Scotia and require extensive vetereinary care and are needing to fundraise about $10,000 because all the dogs have major dental issues - some have decay up into their nasal passages it's so bad.

This is nothing new for puppy mills in New Brunswick though - a few years ago a veterinarian in New Brunswick - a Dr. Ted Morris - said about a dog that after his seizure from Chapman Kennels and had to have all but 3 of his pulled "the Maltese was a working dog and would survive well with his K-9 teeth" - he said that because he didn't feel that breeding dogs in a kennel needed teeth in order to do their job - produce puppies for the owners of the puppy mill.

That was in relation to Chapman Kennels - a kennel in New Brunswick that in one day - KILLED - 175 of their dogs because they were shutting down their operation and didn't feel like they could sell breeding their dogs anywhere.

You could ask yourself - how could this happen? Well New Brunswick is different from other provinces in that the New Brunswick SPCA actually licences breeders. They give them a seal of approval. Which to some seems it can be a bit dangerous. It could seem to be giving people looking for a healthy puppy a false sense of security.  Chapman Kennels was a licenced breeder.

We don't know if the kennel that these 26 dogs came from at the beginning of September was licenced or not - or whether or not this case was even just a hoarder who let things get out of control, but we one thing we do know is that this person was a CKC registered breeder, and we do know that there has been no complaint lodged against this person before the dogs were dispersed - so probably this person is not going to face any charges from the New Brunswick SPCA. So all the suffering done by those 26 dogs is going to done in vain. Which is a shame.

If you want to find out more about the 7 dogs that are in Nova Scotia and donate to their veterinary care you can go to the facebook page of Canadian Dachshund Rescue Atlantic Region

Here is a CBC News Article about the story

Nova Scotia group needs money for rescued dachshunds

7 dogs were rescued from a home in New Brunswick and brought to Nova Scotia

by Steve Berry

The Atlantic Canadian Dachshund Rescue, a group that connects unwanted or seized wiener dogs with homes and medical treatment, is appealing for $10,000 in support after seven dogs it recently saved in New Brunswick were found to have severe health problems.

Heather Curran, a volunteer with the not-for-profit group, began fostering one of the dogs a week ago. She said the eight-year-old male dog, named Madison, needed to have all his teeth removed.

"His mouth was completely rotten. All of his teeth were completely rotten ... His mouth was a mess," said Curran.

'Special little dogs'

Madison is on a diet of mashed dog food. When he came to Curran last Sunday, he stayed in his crate with his tail between his legs. After a few days, Madison is constantly by Curran's side. The dog doesn't bark or lick and he doesn't know how to do any tricks.

"They're special little dogs. They're very loving and sweet," Curran said.

Madison was one of 26 dogs — 19 of which were dachshunds — recently seized from one New Brunswick home. The owner injured herself and was hospitalized, and a local kennel club stepped in to help the dogs. Seven dachshunds came to Nova Scotia while 12 went to foster homes in New Brunswick.

More money needed for treatment

The Atlantic Canadian Dachshund Rescue usually treats an average of seven dogs a year that come into their care with minor health issues. This year, it's going to be more costly. The group spent $1,500 to pay for Madison's dental work and it still has six more dogs in need of treatment.

"To help these other dogs, it basically means an extreme amount of money coming to us from kind people or organizations so we can get them in surgery ... It is that bad," said rescue president, Diane Redden.

Redden said the group's yearly fundraisers like Weinerpalooza at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, provide the funds they need for basic care. She estimates it will take more than $10,000 to finance the surgeries needed for the other six dogs.

Better future for dogs

Redden said all of the dogs have dental issues, with several needing complete tooth extractions.

"The important thing is that they get the care they need, making sure their futures are better than what they came from," said Redden.

Redden said the group doesn't blame the previous owner for the conditions the dogs were living in, but is grateful the owner came forward when the dogs' care became too much.


  1. Mike Antonio11:38 PM

    Interesting that the rescuers do not feel animosity towards the previous owners who due to their well, incompetence, were unable to care for these animals.

    1. It's an interesting observation because I believe that the balance of the dogs were disbursed to other daschund breeders probably because they were still healthy enough to be bred and the ones that were not healthy enough to breed were the 7 dogs that came to Nova Scotia - so it's actually kind of sad that not all 26 dogs are now in forever homes - most of the dogs are still being bred - only the unhealthy ones are in forever homes

    2. It's also worth mentioning that this was a CKC breeder

  2. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Unfortunately, not all the correct information has been given in this certain case. Hopefully people understand that, this is definitely a opinion laden "article". I know the case personally and the people involved. Sadly mental health knows no boundaries. The owner truly did love her dogs and a look at how often she frequented her vets' office would help you understand that.
    Reports had also been made months before, they either were not investigated or they were deemed as "fit". The local Kennel Club stepped in to help one of their own, in the best interest of the animals. These people have devoted their lives to care for and protect their own.
    I in no way condone puppy farms, I have many hours volunteering local shelters and provincial spca and fostered seized animals from hoarding and puppy mill situations. In this case though, you were provided incorrect information.

    1. If that's the case, then why are seven of the dogs from the home so ill and in need of such expensive and invasive veterinary care?

    2. And why are you posting as an "anonymous" person? Why are you afraid to use your real name on the post?

    3. If she had frequented the vet so often then why are her dogs in such bad condition ? "Love" is not enough. Anonymous's comment would be more credible if they weren't Anonymous. Keep up the great work Joan.

  3. Where there’s smoke there’s fire....if the dogs were from a responsible and caring owner, there would be no need for $10 000 in vet care.

    It makes me sad that NB is known for being puppy mill heaven. Dogs deserve better.

  4. If the owner was responsible and caring, why the big $10 000 vet bill? Where there's smoke, there's fire...

    I am sad and embarrassed by NB reputation for being puppy mill heaven. Dogs deserve better. They are involved in search and rescue, guide the blind,they can sniff out explosive, bombs, track criminals, sniff out cancer be loyal companions ans that is how NB treats dogs? Shameful, disgraceful, and soooo cavemen like.

  5. Yes...anonymous...why are you afraid to use your name? I agree with Joan 100%...this situation should have been reported to the SPCA the minute it was known. But it was done on the down low...with the healthy dogs being dispersed & the rest taken in by rescue (with a President who just happens to be a CKC breeder herself). Had this been a puppy mill situation...people would have been outraged...why is this situation any different. These poor dogs have suffered neglect for is that allowed?


  6. Anonymous8:17 AM

    There absolutely were reports made, directly TO the NB SPCA.When after months no one acted, Kennel Club stepped in. And I'm sorry, who is a President and CKC breeder? The "healthy one's disbursed", were dogs returned back to the co-owned or former breeder to be vetted and found responsible homes.
    Again, NO WAY were these dogs in a good place, the lady involved has a mental illness.
    I am not related to, nor do I have any financial gain from saying this. Just saying this article doesn't have all the correct info. I know her though and I know that Mental illness is a terrible beast. I'm happy the animal's are out of there, but also sad since the dogs were her only family and I'm sure she is devastated that things got to the point they did.

    All we can do is continue to educate the public to rescue from reputable shelters/ rescue org. or properly research, visit, interview and get references from former puppy owners if wanting a purebred.

    1. Mental Illness is an awful thing. I agree. But if she took these dogs to the vet so often why were they in such bad condition ?

  7. Since Anonymous refuses to use his or her real name...I take what is posted with a grain of salt. And find it very hard to believe reports were made to the NB SPCA and no one acted? Then someone's head needs to roll. Why wasn't this information made public? If this is true....then it is even more animal neglect and cruel reports need to be taken very seriously.
    When no one responded...that would have been the perfect opportunity to make the media aware...someone then would have been paying attention! Isn't the president of Canadian Dachshund Rescue Atlantic a CKC breeder? (Churchview Kennel-sells registered dachshunds). What has this case of neglect have to do with educating the public to rescue from reputable shelters & rescues? They had nothing to do with this person's mental illness. And for years...rescues have been advising people to not only research the breed....but research the breeder.