October 10, 2010

Puppy Mill Deaths -- Has the World Gone Crazy?

An Amish kennel owner was fined $300 after pleading guilty to 74 counts of inhumane destruction of dogs for using a makeshift gas chamber to euthanize animals with carbon monoxide.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office charged 45-year-old David Yoder of Romulus after an SPCA worker came across a U.S. Department of Agriculture report from July. The report said Yoder euthanized 78 dogs and 15 puppies by putting several at a time into a wooden box and piping in exhaust from a gasoline engine.

Yoder pleaded guilty in Romulus Town Court on Friday. He'll have to pay a $205 state surcharge on top of the $300 fine.

Yoder told sheriff's investigators he believed his method of euthanizing dogs was humane. The USDA report said Yoder was told to have a veterinarian destroy unwanted dogs in the future.

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