Archive for Friday, January 30, 2009

No fine expected against unlicensed breeder

State officials say they seized 17 dogs and 14 cats from a Douglas County breeder. The man was unlicensed.

January 30, 2009


An unlicensed breeder in Douglas County won’t be fined under an agreement with the state.

A total of 17 dogs and 14 cats were seized from the breeder, state animal health officials said Friday.

"He wasn't meeting standards," said Debra Duncan, Kansas Animal Health Department Animal Facilities Inspection Program director.

The animals were taken from Larry Tuckel, who will not be fined under a consent agreement with state officials. Duncan said the case did not involve animal cruelty.

The animals, along with 51 dogs seized from Allen County last week, were distributed to animal shelters throughout the state, including the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St.


iplaysupernintendo 9 years ago

He abused those dogs by not providing them with proper housing, grooming, etc. This is a shame!

budwhysir 9 years ago

I find it an oddity that we have all the laws in place to keep things like this from happening but yet we allow a free pass to those that could be used as an example. The case did not involve cruelty charges? So, the message I would send is "look what happens when you dont have the proper permits for breeding, heck this guy was actualy doing NOTHING wrong other than no permit and look what we gave him"

ohjayhawk 9 years ago

I, too, find it ridiculous there is no fine. Hopefully, this "consent agreement" at least contains a clause that prohibits Mr. Tuckle from ever owning animals again.

Sharon Aikins 9 years ago

Why were the animals seized then, if there was no abuse? And this tells others it's okay to operate without a permit. In some states, the guy would have been fined from $100-1,000 per animal, maybe even some jail time, charged court costs and forbidden from owning animals that state again. Makes me wonder why we have guidelines in place when they aren't followed. To me, not meeting standards is abuse. These animals weren't being treated properly and he walks away. And we wonder why this keeps happening?

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