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BIG BAD WOLF!
Michael Wolf & Gordon Trottier, Mike-Mar Puppy Mill - BUSTED!!
Mike Wolf and Gordon Trotter Part 2
$$$ - AKC SPIN on the Wolf-Trotter case!!! Part 3
March 10, 2006 |
Introduction by AKC Judge Margaret (Peggy) Mickelson
"Many of us will recognize the name of Michael Wolf, a very
controversial fellow who has, in the past, shown Best in
Show Pekes, Bostons, and Pugs. When Cavaliers were
first recognized by the AKC, Michael set about getting a
few for himself... unfortunately, in spite of many warnings, he was able to do so. Some are even in show homes...
"Michael Wolf, top AKC handler arrested, over 300 abused dogs
rescued. AKC inspected, approved Mike-Mar puppy mill
arrest results in only 6 months suspension! AKC Chairman
defends policy, says they didn't know about the all
those Cavaliers, Papillions, Bulldogs, Bostons, Pekingese...
"'This man has managed
to be in deep trouble regarding dogs so many times I
couldn't count them... ' the late Nigel Aubrey Jones
told me some horrid stories about the numbers of Pekes
Michael had (and the number he put down from time to
time)...in any case, even when he was sued for dog theft
and found guilty in a court of law in New Jersey, the
AKC would never suspend him.
"Over a year ago, however, the AKC finally pulled
registrations on some of his Cavaliers...who knows what
other breeds were affected at the time. Now, finally, although it breaks my heart to hear the
story, I think, and deeply hope, he's going to be out of
business at last... and the AKC will be forced to
suspend him for life when (notice, I don't say IF) he's
found guilty of these charges.
sharing it, not because it's heartbreaking, but because this man, who some of us
know, and others will have heard of, showed some TOP WINNING DOGS in his day---
there's a lesson here, folks! Just because somebody won something once (or won a
lot, even) doesn't make them worth selling one of your dogs to!"
~ Peggy Mickelson
Biting The Hand That Feeds You!
The sport has been very good to Michael Wolf. He's
been blessed with wealthy clients, including the highly
respected AKC Delegate - Pekingese client who surely
never went to his facilities. What Wolf and Trotter did to those
dogs is more gruesome than the worst illustration we
could come up with.
Marcella Peyre-Ferry, Daily Local News, reports
"SPCA workers confiscated over 300 dogs on Friday."
15 marked and unmarked state police cars roared to the
site in the 1700 block of Old Baltimore Pike. "We
had a uniformed officer here assisting the SPCA," said
Trooper Corey Monthei. "A resident or someone decided to
become combative with our trooper." According to Monthei, two unnamed people were taken into custody and
removed from the premises.
State Revoked Wolf's Puppy Mill License
The SPCA became aware of a problem when someone who had
visited the site to buy a puppy lodged a complaint about
unsanitary conditions. An investigator responded on
Wednesday and one dog was taken into SPCA care.
The next step was to obtain a search warrant. The
dogs "were not being cleaned up after." When asked
if the property was a puppy mill, McDevitt said it could
be called that. "Different people have different names
for that," he said. "It's very common in Lancaster
County. Wolf is well known in Pekes, Bostons, Pugs,
Cavaliers, Bulldogs, Papillions"
There had been complaints to the SPCA about Wolf in
2001, which were resolved. According to McDevitt, Wolf's
kennel license was revoked by the state. The
Township secretary Ruth Libby said she was unaware of
any recent complaints about the property, but she also
didn't know that the kennel license had been revoked.
Though there were several breeds of dogs on the
property, the largest numbers were Cavalier King Charles
spaniels and English bulldogs. Wolf has shown
other toy breeds such as Papillions and Pekingese.
337 Toy Breed Dogs Rescued From AKC Breeder
According to the Daily Local News, the breeds rescued
were primarily Cavalier King Charles, Papillons, and
"English" Bulldogs and 337 dogs were taken, the most
ever handled by Chester County SPCA's inception in 1929. Neighbors had no idea there were a lot of dogs there.
One man said "once in a while you'd get a whiff...."
brush, and chain link kept buildings out of view.
had to wear protective clothing and shoe covers that
were quickly coated in waste, and sometimes had to cover
their mouths and noses with masks. SPCA had to
rent two vans to transport the dogs.
If Wolf does not agree to surrender the animals to the
SPCA, the case will go to court. Not until the case is
resolved will any of the animals be available for
adoption, and then only those that are physically and
temperamentally suitable. "It's going to be a
struggle," McDevitt said.
NOTE: The puppy mill
did not surrender the dogs as there was indeed a court
proceeding covered in Big Bad Wolf - Part 3.
The SPCA said although it involves criminal charges,
"the guys will probably get off light. The charges
amount to something like a traffic ticket although
penalties can include a fine and forfeiture of the
animals which are being held pending outcome of the
case. Those animals in need of veterinary attention
received care and none were euthanized."
AKC Chairman Suggests PAWS Would Have Prevented Wolf?
Chairman Ron Menaker says the seizure illustrates need for for more comprehensive legislation to protect pets.
“This very sad case is an example of why we support the
Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS),” said Menaker. “It is
a case where the AKC, through its mandatory inspection
program for high volume breeders, took action against a
breeder who was found not to be in compliance with our regulations."
Menaker went on to say "after AKC disciplined him, he
dramatically reduced the number of litters he registered
with us and therefore was no longer subject to AKC
inspection. However, although he had been disciplined by
the AKC and, according to press reports his state
license had been revoked, he continued to operate a
sizeable breeding operation ‘under the radar’.”
We were stunned to learn that AKC knew about
the puppy mill and did nothing but suspend Wolf for six
months and let his partner continue on. A prominent AKC judge called,
said with disgust "it finally happened ...they (AKC) knew about him for a long time.
Some get slapped and some people nothing. It seems
to be based on who you are and who and what you know.
That's the only logic in who gets by."
AKC Inspected (or not) High Volume Breeder?
According to AKC, prior to 2004, both Wolf and Trottier
were designated as “high volume breeders” and "their
dogs and facilities were inspected by the AKC in
accordance with AKC policy. According to the most recent
AKC inspection report, dated May 2004, Wolf claimed to
have only 45 dogs and 8 puppies, which were determined
to be maintained in acceptable conditions."
One reader summed it up. "Sure, they inspect
and take the miller's word for how many dogs are there?
So what I'm hearing is they don't even bother to look?"
Fair comment. No explanation from AKC.
AKC Suspension For Faulty Record Keeping, Not Conditions
94 AKC litters in under two years adds up to a lot of registrations for AKC. not for cruelty or failure to care for the dogs, or
alleged despicable business dealings. No, we are told
Wolf was suspended
on the basis of "routine DNA testing."
which "indicated incorrect or faulty record keeping."
We are unable to learn whether the test was the result
of a complaint against Wolf. It has been suggested
that the insignificant suspension which did nothing to
stop the operation was a "mollifying cover-up" to
satisfy a complaint.
According to AKC CEO Ron Menaker, "after his suspension,
he only registered a nominal number of litters with the AKC, thereby avoiding the mandatory inspection for high
volume breeders." This is a pattern we see
all too often,” continued Menaker. “Breeders stop
registering with us in order to avoid inspection after
we take disciplinary action against them. Unfortunately,
however, many of these people continue breeding and
selling dogs, and register them with a for-profit
registry that has no inspection requirements to monitor
care and conditions standards.”
"Sounds like sour grapes or knocking the competition"
said a well known UKC exhibitor. She continued "why doesn't
someone just call the other registries and see how many
dogs Wolf registered with them? It wouldn't matter
because he could still register those dogs with AKC
after he was back in good graces. That is just a
Mandatory kennel inspection of "high volume breeders"
began in 1991. Menaker noted that "since this time,
approximately 2,000 high volume breeders have stopped
registering with the AKC." He said that today, more than
20 for-profit registries exist in the United States,
many of which were created to accommodate the very
breeders who had abandoned AKC registration and its
inspection standards and requirements.
An Akita breeder scoffed at Mr. Menaker's statement.
"That's a crock, I don't think it had to do with
inspections, that is about when AKC finally began to do
DNA and a lot of the puppy mills did revolt." He
laughed "but with the three to five year turn-over in
dogs, losing 2,000 breeders in fifteen years sounds very
low to me. I would say AKC averaged that many
before it started the DNA thing. And most of the
puppy mills still register with AKC because they can pay
off the USDA inspectors. That's a known fact."
So Wolf and Trottier go to court and there's no suspense
there. GUILTY!. But what was the sentence? What else did the AKC
Chairman say about why we need the dreaded PAWS Legislation?
Does the AKC Inspection
program work? Ever? Why didn't AKC know
Wolf's license was revoked? And did Wolf and
Trottier get a lifetime suspension this time?
If you plan to stay in dogs and register in AKC, it's
worth less than the cost of a puppy class entry fee to
get the "rest of the story" - for Insiders only!
NOTE: the Insider Dog is neither Retriever nor Hound so
it takes him a minute to find your password. Additional Wolf/Trotter Information:
Wolf & Trotter GUILTY! Part 2
- AKC SPIN!!! Part 3
www.TheDogPress.com has been applauded for the publicity that finally
got these two dog abusers convicted. Typically, we have also been smeared and reviled for running a story that put AKC in a bad light. No matter,
the fact that publicity insured
Wolf Finally Suspended (15 years to life) doesn't make hundreds upon hundreds of horribly abused dogs feel one bit safer.
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