Gorham Town Supervisor recommends moratorium on dog breeding

In the wake of the last week of outcry over proposed plans for a commercial dog breeding facility for Gorham, NY, Town Supervisor Fred Lightfoote has suggested that the Town Board enact a moratorium on dog- breeding facilities.People from all over the country have emailed and called the town to voice opposition to the board's approval last week of a special use permit for dog breeders Curtis and Jolene Martin to open a large, wholesale commercial dog breeding facility that would house bet … [Read more...]

The Humane Society of the United States forms new dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council

This news from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) couldn't have been more timely:The Humane Society of the United States announced the newly formed Breeders Advisory and Resource Council (BARC) which is composed of responsible dog breeders from across the country. Council members will advise HSUS on dog health and welfare issues, and talk to the general public about what constitutes proper breeding practices, promoting the health of the parents and the puppies.In the press r … [Read more...]

What you can do about animal cruelty in your community (whether you live in Gorham or not)

This video from the Humane Society offers a glimpse at puppy mills and commercial breeding operations.  The story that hit the news this week that a dog breeder is planning to build a large, wholesale commercial dog breeding facility in Gorham, NY has struck a nerve with animal lovers across the U.S.Unfortunately, emotions run high in situations like this, and there are lots of people who are all fired up with nowhere to direct that passion. So before everyone goes off half-cocked and … [Read more...]

Readers speak out on the Gorham dog breeding facility

2/4/12 ** PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS UPDATE: What you can do about animal cruelty in your community (whether you live in Gorham or not) * * * * * * * * When I posted this week about the plans for a large scale wholesale dog breeding facility in Gorham, NY, I had no idea it would spark the flame it has. I'm sure there are lots of other bloggers covering the story, but readers here at Heavenly Creatures have brought up some interesting points:The term "puppy mill" is a super charged … [Read more...]

Large “wholesale” dog breeding facility (puppy mill) approved for Gorham, NY

Seneca County Board of Supervisors minutes from meeting, October 26, 2010

** UPDATE 3/22/12: Moratorium passed! Read more here! ** ** PLEASE BE SURE YOU READ THE UPDATES TO THIS POST LISTED AT THE END FOR THE ENTIRE STORE **According to the Messenger Post newspapers in Canandaigua, NY, plans for a new dog breeding facility have been approved by the Ontario County Planning Board. The facility "could house hundreds of dogs in a new building planned for 4446 Route 247, north of the intersection of Lake to Lake Road" in Gorham, NY.The Ontario County Pla … [Read more...]

Review: Cesar Millan’s The Pack Leader Tour

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Last night I attended the Rochester, NY appearance of America's most famous dog trainer, Cesar Millan, in town for his "The Pack Leader" tour.In the interest of full disclosure, until that point my exposure to Millan was limited. I'd never seen his show, never seen him train a dog or talk about training a dog, never read his book (although I do have a copy of "Cesar's Way", picked up at the used bookstore, in my to-read pile).I had seen him profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and found him … [Read more...]

Drunk driver hits deer, then drives it to hospital

Andrew Caswell was driving drunk when he hit a deer and then tried to take it to the hospital.

Andrew Caswell may have failed his sobriety test, but let's give him an "A" for effort. Or for at least making us laugh.When the 29-year-old Greece, NY man was stopped by police early Monday morning, December 19, 2007, he told police he'd hit a deer and was taking it to the hospital to be treated.It started when police responded to a call at around 2:24 a.m. Monday morning for the report of a car accident involving a deer. According to published reports, witnesses saw two men arguing on t … [Read more...]

Book review: “Stay,” by Allie Larkin

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It’s the age old story: girl loves boy, boy falls in love with girl’s best friend, girl goes on a drinking binge and orders at dog off the internet.OK, so it’s the age old story with a twist. Of lime.In her debut novel, “Stay”, author Allie Larkin has penned a funny chick lit story of love, friendship and self-discovery, and tied it all together with a dog named Joe.Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with her friend Peter Clarke since they met on the first day of classes in college … [Read more...]


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