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NBC report questions AKC inspections

The American Kennel Club is doing a much better job of protecting bad breeders than it is protecting dogs.

That’s the gist of this investigative report that aired yesterday on NBC’s  “Today” show

The accusations aren’t exactly new, and weren’t exactly uncovered by NBC, but it’s good to see the issue getting some national attention.

The AKC, investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen notes, calls itself “the dog’s champion …

“But critics say there’s an ugly reality you don’t see: Some AKC breeders raising diseased dogs, malnourished, living in their own filth. It’s so disturbing that now two of the country’s largest animal welfare groups, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society, are condemning the AKC.”

The report included an interview with one dog owner, who purchased a Great Dane from a kennel  only weeks after that kennel was inspected by the AKC and found in compliance. The puppy turned out to have intestinal parasites, an upper respiratory infection and a congenital eye defect.

“Law enforcement went into the kennel just two months later, and rescued dozens of dogs,” Rossen reported.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, is featured heavily in the report, and makes the point that the AKC should be working with animal welfare groups to protect dogs instead of protecting bad breeders and fighting laws that would crack down on them.

AKC Director of Communications Lisa Peterson, also interviewed for the report, says she would give the AKC an “A” for its inspection program.

But when the reporter asked how many breeders are producing AKC-registered dogs, she said, “That’s a great question. We don’t know.” And when asked what percentage of AKC registered breeders end up getting inspected, she wouldn’t offer a ball park figure.

“We do thousands of inspections annually,” Peterson said. “We’ve done 55,000 inspections since the year 2000.”

“But what percentage of breeders actually get inspected?”

“… I don’t have that figure,” Peterson said. “I’m sorry.”

Peterson said there are nine AKC inspectors in the U.S. Asked “Do you think that’s an adequate number?” she said, “That’s the number that we have.”


Comment from Mary
Time May 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

30 years ago the AKC gave my friend papers for a litter of Weimeraners that even been born yet!! He would just tell them how many pups he EXPECTED, and voila! Papers.

Comment from Mary
Time May 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Why is the AKC so inadequate? Is there money involved….ya think??
Breeding right now is irresponsible due to pet overpopulation & high kill rate. Adopt!

Comment from amy
Time May 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

AKC is only about money, has always been only about money, and will never change. They will provide accreditation for any breeder and provide papers for any dog. Just send in your check. They have never supported animal welfare, humane conditions for dogs – they provide AKC papers for every pure bred dog out of the hell hole puppy mills and the worst of the worst backyard dog breeders. AKC is more corrupt then Congress

Comment from Ray
Time May 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Speaking about money, Amy, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is the largest foundation in the world to fund exclusively canine health studies. To date, more than $22 million has been allocated in health research funds to more than 500 studies conducted to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. Yes, it is all about the money.

Comment from Maddie
Time May 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

If there is such a pet overpopulation problem—why are dogs being brought into the US from all over the world. MOST people do not want a Pit Bull cross but there are LINES for little “rescues.” Figure out how to get all the people producing the Pit Bull crosses to stop breeding those and then you will have something. Then people can actually be “allowed” to get a well bred puppy of the breed of their choice? Since you have mandated that the only thing they SHOULD do is get a rescue. This was shoddy reporting–why not talk about all of the $$$ that the HSUS steal from the real Humane Societies with their slick ads and virtually none of that money goes to help with the hands on care of the saving of the lives of those dogs—HOW MANY DOGS could be saved if the HSUS gave the 100 million plus income a year to actually helping them and saving their lives?

Comment from Suzanne
Time May 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

They didn’t tell you that there are no ‘ AKC Registered Breeders ‘ and that breeders use AKC services voluntarily.
They didn’t tell you that less than 5% of AKC’S registration revenue comes from commercial breeders or that the AKC is a not for profit organization whose total revenues are less than the total marketing budget of the HSUS.
HSUS is a thoroughly disreputable animal rights extremist outfit they rake in millions of dollars and do nothing to help animals.

Comment from Carol Murnighan
Time May 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

not all AKC Breeders are bad. You have to do your homework, just like anything else. Be an informed person, check out the breeder first hand. I am proud of my Breeder ethics. My dogs are healthy, I strive to produce the best that I can.