Two Local Dog Breeders Listed Among Worst Puppy Mills (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT

WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Two local dog breeding kennels are listed as being among the nation's worst puppy mills.

"It's just a terrible life for any dog," said Peggy Bender, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

A report, entitled 'A Horrible Hundred', by The Humane Society of the United States looked at facilities cited repeatedly for not meeting the basic animal care standards, required by law. Despite several citations all of these facilities remain in business.

Of the 100 puppy mills listed in the report six are in Indiana and two are in Northeast Indiana.

"I've been in puppy mills. I have seen the conditions myself. I have seen animals hanging in cages with ulcerated feet because they've stood on wire their entire life. Their coats are matted. They're filthy. They sleep and live in their own feces,” said Bender.

The Human Society of the United States claims a dog at Kathryn and Vernon Lambright’s Wolcottville kennel was found with a wound to its neck, caused by a chain collar, and pus was seeping from the wound.

"It is deplorable, they lack veterinary care, they lack any kind of walks and playtimes,” said Bender.

21 Alive’s Stephanie Parkinson spoke with Vernon Lambright Monday. He admitted his American Kennel Club license wasn't current. When asked how many dogs he had and what type of dogs they were he refused answer.

In Rome City, Marlin Bontrager was cited for having dogs in kennels with temperatures above 90 degrees, and dogs living in filthy conditions. When asked about the report, he is listed in, he declined to make any comments.

Peggy Bender could not provide an exact number but says several dogs from puppy mills end up in shelters like the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

“A lot of people impulsively acquire animals, acquiring animals that develop all types of social behaviors, genetic behaviors, and then they discard them at animal shelters,” said Bender.

Although the two facilities in Northeast Indiana have been cited numerous times they are not violating the law by remaining open.

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