NBC Evening News for Monday, Jan 14, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Denver, Colorado) Unethical aspect of dog breeding industry, dubbed puppy mills, featured; conditions experienced by animals detailed. Films shown. No. dogs destroyed each year noted; conversion of large number profitless chicken farms and junkyards in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri into puppy mills examined. [American Kennel Club spokesperson Roy CARLBERG - acknowledges presence of unethical breeders.] [Breeder Clarence STILL - dismisses deaths of puppies.] Agriculture Department's licensing of breeders such as Still who violate Federal Animal Welfare Act noted; condtions at Still's and other unethical breeders' facilities shown. Congress agency said soon issuing report chging. Agriculture Department with failure to cite violations; allegations listed on screen. [Agriculture Department veterinarian Dr. Robert MOODY - denies problem is widespread.] Critics' claim that many puppies bred in such facilities have health and genetic problems when shipped to pet stores noted; case involving dog sent to Docktor chain cited as example [CONSUMERS - comment on their experience.] [Former Docktor salesperson Wendy HUNTER - describes sick dogs arriving at store.] [Humane Society spokesperson Robert BAKER - blames pet shops' cruelty for encouraging puppy mills.] [Docktor Pet Ctrs. spokesperson Ray GUYER - defs. store.] [Animal writer Julie ROVNER - notes possession of AKC papers doesn't assure quality of dog.] Rovner's ability to obtain fraudulent papers from AKC as example noted. Discrepancy between AKC charter and actual expenditures of organization considered. [CARLBERG - defs. organization's efforts.] [Starcrest Kennels spokesperson Wood WORNALL - describes proper approach to breeding dogs.]
REPORTER: Roger O'Neil