Liberty business named in puppy mill report

Ohio Puppy in Liberty named in puppy mill report

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) — All over social media, local animal rights activists are organizing protests against a local puppy business.

They are upset over a report issued by a national animal rights group, so WYTV reporter Amanda Smith looked into the controversy.

The National Humane Society has named Ohio Puppy on Belmont Avenue in Liberty one of the worst puppy mill operations in the country.

“I found an article from the Humane Society of the United States that listed the top 100 worst breeders and sellers of dogs and right here in Trumbull County, in Liberty, on Belmont Avenue, there is Ohio Puppy. They are a large-scale seller and breeder of dogs and as a dog advocate, and a dog rescuer, we do not feel there is a need for the continued mass breeding of dogs,” said Mark Rhodes of Trumbull K-9 Connection.

However, the owners of Ohio Puppy said those charges are not true.

Smith went to Ohio Puppy and at first, the store employees asked her to leave. She left a number, and store operator Martha Drozdik called her later and said she would talk to Smith on camera.

“We are not a puppy mill. I do not buy from puppy mills,” Drozdik said. “Before we bring a puppy here, I want to sit down at the table and see what they’re doing. The USDA has checked them out but I want to see how they are doing,” she said.

Drozdik said she makes sure the puppies are healthy before selling them.

“They have to be up do date on their shots, they have to have bordatella, which is for kennel cough, and they have to have their wormings,” Drozdik said.

Smith decided to test her claim that her puppies all had proper medical care and asked to see the veterinary records for a dog. Within minutes, Drozdik showed Smith the records for that puppy and all the other animals in the store.

She could even show Smith the codes for where she bought her puppies and said she has rejected puppies from some breeders because of their health conditions.

Drozdik said she feels she is being unfairly targeted by activists.

“I have talked to several animal activists. They all have the same head on their shoulders. They do not want you to breed dogs. I asked one woman, I said ‘You probably don’t want humans to breed and she said you’re absolutely right’,” Drozdik said.

To see the National Humane Society report, click here.

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  • Graeme Saunders

    They “HSUS” are not a National Humane Society, there isn’t a NATIONAL Humane Society that oversees local animal shelters. The animal shelters in your community & mine are run by our Local governments with volunteers using LOCAL tax dollars & financial donations. Those commercials that you see with sad-eyed dogs & cats asking for your donation to help are a sham!

    If you are truly an investigative reporter & care about the integrity of your journalism pay a visit to the website of attorney Franklin W. Losey esq. “Memory of Chaucer dot com” and read the truth about HSUS & why what you read on their website is a big fat lie.


  • angorawoolwitch

    It’s great to see that a reporter didn’t just buy the “party line” and instead, checked it out. However, there is no such organization as the “National Humane Society”. I believe the reference is to the Humane Society of the United States, a private lobbying organization which makes millions of dollars a year yet spends less that 1% of that on actual animal care.

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