In the wake of a recent seizure of 160 dogs from a mobile home in North Carolina, Senior Editor Christi McDonald responds to cries from animal rights advocates for “establishing laws” to regulate commercial breeders. Although the state’s General Assembly enacted the Animal Welfare Act in 1977, local media continues to spread misinformation that puppy mills go unregulated. When it comes to the truth about protecting animals in the Tar Heel State, Christi warns, “Don’t be fooled.”
Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler is giving a tour of the current Top 20 contenders. The self- described numbers nerd closely follows the careers of America’s busiest show dogs, and he’s always on the lookout for shifting trends in the ratings race. Find out where your favorites are positioned in the battle for this year’s top spot.
On Sunday, I’ll be at the Pennsylvania State Farm Building for the Harrisburg Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show, obedience trial and rally trial. More than 1,700 dogs in 165 different breeds are entered in conformation, so the expansive exhibition hall should be the perfect place to bring my camera. If you’re planning to attend, I’ll be more than happy to take a photo of you and your dog.
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My Take: Don’t Be Fooled
By Christi McDonald
On Friday, August 3, 2012, Brunswick County, N.C., sheriff’s deputies, accompanied by “animal rights advocates,” seized 160 dogs from a double-wide mobile home in Leland, N.C. Twenty-six birds and one cat were also removed from the trailer, which had no electricity at the time of the seizure. This was the ninth puppy mill bust in the state over the past year.
The owners of the animals, a couple that appeared to be in their 60s or older, were arrested on charges of animal neglect and animal cruelty, and as of August 6, remained in the Brunswick County jail on $1.5 million bonds. more
Top Twenty Tour
By Billy Wheeler
With seven months of the season already in the record books, it’s a good time to take another look at our Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds. The chart below includes data through this past Sunday, but includes some estimated numbers generated by my mathematical model, which has been accurate within 0.5 percentage points over the past four years.
The real excitement has been at the very top of the ticket with the Number Two Dog, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, closing in on the Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. more