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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 • Posted July 14, 2010

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the letter written by John Copeland in the June 9th edition of the Mason News. Specifically in regard to the so called "Puppy Mill" that is run by a family member of an employee of the City of Mason. Lets get some facts out in the open and put an end to the fabricated words that he put down in the paper.

This Kennel is not a puppy mill. The owner of this kennel is a registered breeder. I would hope before someone accuses a person of running a puppy mill, that they actually know what a puppy mill is. This breeder takes the utmost care of all her animals, she has very strict ethics when it comes to her animals and she never inbreeds any of her animals. This Kennel has been inspected by the AKC, CKC, and the TCEQ. These agency’s have found no violations in this kennel and commented that they could not believe that someone would turn this kennel in as a puppy mill. These agency’s have been to this kennel within the last month. This kennel was also inspected by the administrator for the City of Mason. As far as the noise is concerned, I have worked one block from this kennel for the last three years, and the only time that these dogs bark is at feeding time or when someone is around their kennel. They are not a noise nuisance as stated in section 10, noise ordinance, in the animal control section, "Unreasonably loud or unnecessary noise shall include barking, howling, crowing, or other noise that continues uninterrupted for more than 10 minutes between the hours of 10:00pm-6:00am. All animals make noise.

Now let’s address the fabricated investigation report that Mr. Copeland filed with the Mason City Attorney with regard to this so called "Puppy Mill."

First: This Kennel has between 35-40 dogs. Not the 100 + that Mr. Copeland stated in his report.

Second: This Kennel is cleaned 1-2 times daily. There has never been feces built up on the kennel floors which was also in the report.

Third: There has never been dead puppies lined up on a table, this was also in the report. This is an outright lie.

In my opinion, these accusations are fabricated and unfounded. They are the result of a personal grudge against this family. It would be different if he was reporting the truth about a puppy mill to let the public know, but to fabricate things just to cause trouble for someone that you are personally having problems with is unethical. The lies that this man told in his letter and report could have done irreparable harm to this Kennel’s business, if not for the fact that so many people in this town know this woman and would stand up and defend her. I have known the owner and this kennel for 14 years and would state without hesitation that this is one of the best kennels that I have visited.


Joanne Bradley

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