I'm not 100% up-to-date on existing state regulations, but I've always
been working with the assumption that New York forbids puppy mills (or
dogs bred for wholesale exchange) from operating within the state. Now
the township of Penn Yan (near Seneca Lake) is seeking to approve the
first of it's kind, commercial dog-breeding facility our state. Please
read and urge your representatives to VOTE NO!
Manager, Tompkins Square Dog Run
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NY Puppymill About To Be Approved
Urge Milo Township and Penn Yan, New York, Officials to Deny Approval
of Commercial Dog-Breeding Facility
On February 28, the Zoning Board of Appeals in the township of Milo?
located in Penn Yan, New York?is scheduled to decide whether resident
Lavern Zimmerman will be allowed to build a pole barn to house 150
"breeding stock" dogs. According to a citizen who attended a previous
hearing regarding the proposed facility: "They will be breeding small
dogs (Yorkshire terriers, shih tzus, etc.) in order to sell the puppies
to pet stores. The females will be bred at about 1 year old, 1 to 2
times a year, sometimes without a heat between breeding, until they are
too old for that purpose. USDA regulations state that they only have
to keep the building at 50 degrees in the winter and under 85 degrees
in the summer. All feces, refuse, and carcasses will be put on an
outside compost heap."
Please contact members of the Milo Zoning Board of Appeals. Urge them
not to approve this cruel business, which will only profit off the
suffering of the dogs who are forced to live there, and remind them how
animals suffer for the pet trade.
Please send polite correspondence only:
Members Milo Zoning Board of Appeals:
137 Main St.
Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-9760 (fax)
John Socha (Chairman)
Please also share your concerns about this facility with Penn Yan's
The Honorable Douglas G. Marchionda Jr.
Mayor of Penn Yan
Penn Yan Village Office P.O. Box 426
111 Elm St.
Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-4685 (fax)