Stop the building of the "Wholesale Breeding Facility" in Gorham, NY
  • Petitioned New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

This petition was delivered to:

Paul D'Amato
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Health Department
Fred Lightfoote, Supervisor
Gorham New York Town Board
Kristen Mark Hughes, Director
Ontario County Planning Board

Stop the building of the "Wholesale Breeding Facility" in Gorham, NY

    1. Heather Michel
    2. Petition by

      Heather Michel

      Buffalo, NY

It is important to oppose the building of the "Wholesale Breeding Facility," also known as a "Puppy Mill" in Gorham, NY because there are already hundreds of thousands of dogs in rescues and shelters all over our state that are looking for homes. Shelters and rescues are inundated with the constant influx of animals from our throw away society. The last thing we need is another commerical facility making money off of these animals when their aren't enough homes for all of the animals that have already been born.

These facilities often harbor poor living conditions and unsocialized animals, breeding sickly puppies that cost the unsuspecting purchaser hundreds and thousands of dollars in medical expenses. It is high time we begin regulating these irresponsible mass breeders and stop these puppy mills from making money off of these poor dogs.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 1yr Moratorium Instated

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The Gorham Town Board unanimously approved a one year moratorium on wholesale dog kennels

    2. Ontario County Planning Board

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The Ontario County Planning Board unanimously voted AGAINST a recomendation to the Gorham Town Board for the permit to build the puppy mill.

    3. A message from Michelle Continued...

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      "As we know, there will be waste and dead dogs and puppies to dispose of. This is where we may need to set our focus. It has been suggested that any presenters do not repeat another speaker and have facts and information readily available. Having one representative of your group was also suggested as there will not be ample space to accomodate everyone who may be interested in attending.

      Maria Rudzinski will be compiling the topics and giving an overview to the board regarding the emails she has received in regard to the issue of the Puppy Mill in Gorham.

      The friday before the meeting, March 9th, the topics and information for discussion will be posted on the website. Click on "Monthly Materials" http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/planning/cpbsch.htm

      It is important for people opposing the puppy mill to be present at both the Ontario County Planning Board meeting and the Gorham Town Board meeting so that both boards are aware of the public opinion on the issue."

    4. A Message from Michelle Continued...

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The meeting location for the Ontario County Planning Board has been moved and will accomodate approximately 80 people. It will be held at the County Complex 2914 County Road 48, Hopewell, NY. The building will be 50 Training Center-the last building on the left across from Happy Tails, Ontario County Humane Society.

      In addition, there are some misconceptions about the meeting. While it is a public discussion, they will hear from SOME people regarding the puppy mill. The puppy mill is not the only item on thir agenda, so they cannot dedicate a lot of time on the issue. They will hear information regarding LAND USE. This is what they are looking to hear about. How will this puppy mill effect water quality in the area, ground contamination etc.

    5. A message from Michelle

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      "I know there are many people out therethat have more knowledge on this subject[the status of the Gorham Puppy mill] than I, but I wanted to share what I do know. I spoke with Maria Rudzinski, the Senior Planner of the Ontario County Planning Board and she gaev me some information regarding the upcoming March 14th meeting at 7:30pm. I am working with Heather Michel to provide the petition to the Ontario County Planning Board either on March 14th or before. Currently, over 13,152 signatures and abotu 360+ pages, we believe it [the petition] will be more effective in print as opposed to an email. The petition can still be signed by going to http://www.change.org/petitions/fred-lightfoote-supervisor-stop-the-building-of-the-wholesale-breeding-facility-in-gorham-ny
      and sharing with your facebook friends and email list. "

    6. Ontario County Planning Board to receive copy of petition

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      Friends, I have been working closely with Michelle Preston, a passionate "petitioner" that came forward in regard to this petition to help in any way she could. She lives much closer to Gorham than I do here in Buffalo, so it is nice to have a representative a bit more "in the action." Unfortunately during the meetings coming up for both Ontario County and Gorham Town Planning Boards I am out of town so Michelle has worked hard speaking to Ontario County Senior Planner Maria Rudzinski to ensure a hard copy of our petition and all of your signatures can be presented to the board for review and consideration suring the meeting. Michelle will be providing the board with the petition the night of the meeting, although the meeting is NOT an open forum for the public.

    7. The Ontario County Planning Board Meeting is NOT open forum.

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The OCPB meeting will NOT be open to the public afterall, but the Gorham town board has another meeting that same evening, March 14th at 7:30 pm.

    8. Ontario County Planning Board Meeting

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      Ontario County Planning Board to meet and discuss Gorham Puppy Mill at next meeting March 14th 2012 at 7:30pm.

      The County Planning Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Ontario County Municipal Building, 20 Ontario Street, Third (3rd) Floor Conference Room.

      Please attend the meeting and voice your opinion on behalf of those that have no voice!

    9. Reached 12,500 signatures
    10. Gorham Town Board Meeting set to have hearing Wednesday 2/8/12 at 7:30pm

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      Please, if you have the ability to go to this board meeting in person, come show your opposition to the Martin's puppy mill proposal. We have made it this far, causing the board supervisor to consider a moratorium. Lets use that momentum to get this moratorium turned into a complete ban! The meeting is Wednesday February 8th 2012 at 7:30 pm. The meeting is at Gorham Elementary School 2705 Rte 245 Gorham, NY.

    11. Town supervisor issues a moratorium on plans to build puppy mill!

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      Gorham Town Supervisor Fred Lightfoote has called for a moratorium (a delay or suspension of an activity or a law) in regard to the Martin's proposed puppy mill. Please view the link below to read the article that was released in regard to the issuance of the moratorium.

    12. Reached 9,000 signatures
    13. Correction*

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The initial article in regard to the approval of this puppy mill stated it was the Ontario County Planning Board that unanimously approved the special use permit for the Martin's. I would like to correct that the initial article was incorrect and it was the Gorham Town Board. Here's is a link to what is believed to be an accurate article on the facility plans.

    14. Reached 6,000 signatures
    15. The petition will be directed to 4 political offices/areas

      Heather Michel
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is going to be sent to the Ontario County Planning Committee, the Gorham Town Board, the NYS DEC and the NYS Health Deaprtment, all which need to approve the building of this facility. Please sign the petition and get the word out and rest assured that the petition wil be beneficial and be sent to all the proper areas. There is also a representative from the Humane Society of the United States working on this as well that I am in correspondence with so that is how I know where the petition needs to be sent to be most effective.

    16. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Layne Evans NORWALK, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Please, please make a humane decision here and stop the construction of this puppy mill. If you ask you will find many, many responsible citizens who can send you hundreds of true horror stories about facilities like this and the pitiful "products" there, dogs who are cruelly treated and neglected and used to make money off unsuspecting people. As a result of great effort, these facilities are being shut -- thank God -- all over the country, and then the dogs there have to be rescued and rehomed (if they're lucky) and are often ruined for life because they never learned to walk outside of a cage. Why would you ever want to BUILD one in New York? There is no way the for-profit breeding of 500 dogs in a warehouse could be done humanely or even sanitarily. Look at your own dog, does a dog belong in a cage in a warehouse?There are two ways for people with a conscience to add a dog to their family: 1, through a RESPONSIBLE breeder, or 2, by adopting from a shelter or rescue group. A wholesale breeding operation is a puppy mill and puppy mills are cruel, disgusting and produce thousands of sick, under-socialized puppies who are heartbreaks waiting to happen to unsuspecting people who buy them. Not all or even much tragedy can be avoided in this world, but this tragedy can. Stop this project.

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    • Amy Carlman-James WYMONDHAM, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      The situation is rediculous! Have you noticed how full the shelters are and how many healthy, innocent animals are put to sleep just because there is no more room? Please, no more puppy mills!!!!!

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    • Lynn Westgate MIDDLEBORO, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      thousands of dogs are killed each day throughout the country because they are homeless and stuck in high kill facilities... don't promote breeding when there are thousands of dogs each day dying from lack of homes

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    • carol hosmer BOLIVIA, ND
      • over 2 years ago

      I hate puppy mills, they breed the same dog over and over, poor dogs. This should be banned in every state. I have seen the poor female's they are always caged and not socialize at all. really sad. they are enough unwanted dogs & cats in the world! Please do not let this trauma to the dogs. Do not do this. PLEASE nothing good comes from this it is just a money racket.

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    • Robert Vance BATH, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      No dog should be destroyed for any reason whatsoever. Remember the pit bulls that were used for fighting a few years ago. Many of them have been rehabilitated and have been adopted out. No Animal Shelter would allow them to be adopted out if they were not deemed to be safe, even around children. I am 100% opposed to "puppy mills".

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