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Puppy sale stirs controversy

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by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A puppy sale. Words to many that hardly signify controversy. But that's exactly what one sale is causing this weekend at Pathway Christian School in Kalona. The controversy centers on what some describe as puppy mills.

The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center received a purebred American Eskimo about a week ago.

"The dog doesn't sit up on its feet. It has hip issues," said center Director Misha Goodman.  "It has skin issues."

Goodman doesn't know where the dog came from, but says she has many of the problems often associated with puppy mills.

"Generally when we say puppymills, what we're talking about is large, commercial establishments that breed dogs," Goodman said.

Goodman says many of these breeders are more focused on making a buck than properly treating their dogs. More than 25 breeders are expected Saturday in Kalona. Organizer Jim Cottrell says there's nothing to worry about.

"The majority of the people that are coming to these things are legitimate-type breeders that raise dogs to sell to the people that really want them," he said.

Cottrell says all the dogs at his events have come from USDA or state-licensed breeders.

"They have to be up-to-date on all their shots and medications," Cottrell said.  "They got to be able to provide that piece of paper to the buyer."

"It really doesn't mean a lot," Goodman said.  "All that means is that you have paid a fee for the purpose of doing this particular thing."

Cottrell says he has asked a few breeders not to come back to future events. He says those few are causing the problem.

Goodman recommends that anyone who does go to the puppy sale should ask to go visit the breeder and get as much background information as possible.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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