Tell Noble County No Permits for Puppy Millers
  • Petitioned Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals

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Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals

Tell Noble County No Permits for Puppy Millers

    1. Petition by

      Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan

Marlin Bontrager of Rome City, Indiana is a large commercial breeder supplying The Family Puppy pet stores in Michigan. The dogs on his puppy farm have a job. Their job is to pump out as many puppies for the pet trade while living with minimal shelter and veterinary care. See 2012 photos here.

On January 2, 2013 Bontrager will be facing the Zoning Board of Appeals in Albion Indiana for permission to kennel 170+ dogs! That is too many dogs!!!

Noble County Office Complex - South
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Albion IN 46701
Meeting begins at 7 p.m. the basement.

The USDA inspector has been visiting the kennel regularly since June 2012 citing direct violations involving not seeking veterinary care for a sick puppy. Also in June, the USDA inspector recorded temperatures in the 90’s inside the kennel. Dogs were heavily panting and puppies were stretched out on the wire floor trying to stay cool. If that isn’t horrible enough, the USDA came back in October 2012 and recorded 6 more violations involving dogs with painful eye problems without veterinary care, excessive accumulated feces that were sitting so long under the dogs wire floor beetle shells were found and clogged drains causing strong odors. This is not acceptable!

Bontrager has a history of violations going back to 2008 including: housing, shelter, primary enclosures, cleanliness, feeding and vet care. Read his inspection reports.

Noble County please say no to puppy mills.


Recent signatures


    1. 2/10/13 News Sun Part 1 of 2 Dog kennels spark conflict

      The News Sun published a two party story about puppy mills in northeast Indiana. You need a subscription to view online, however you can view a copy on our blog. The reporter used one of our Puppy Mill Awareness undercover photos from a breeder that supplies The Family Puppy located in the Detroit are. The store continued to use this breeder after our exposure. I added my comments to the article below within the blog. I am glad we are keeping the dicussion going.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. 1/4/13 Journal Gazette

      6 Noble County kennels receive zoning approval

      Six dog kennels capable of housing 324 canines received after-the-fact approval from the Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals. About 115 people filled the board room Wednesday, said Plan Director Steve Kirkpatrick, who oversees the board but is not a voting member.

    4. 1/2/13 Wane TV Chl 15 (VIDEO)

      Breeders approved for kennel licenses

      ALBION, Ind. (WANE) - Dogs with eye infections. Puppies living in their feces. Ignored vet visit requests. That's what animal advocates in Noble County want to stop but met a roadblock Wednesday night. I was pretty appalled and shocked," said Lori Gagen, the Executive Director of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

    5. 1/2/13 Wane TV Chl 15 (Pre-story) (VIDEO)

      Group petitions large-scale dog breeder

      NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - UPDATE: Wednesday night the Noble County Zoning Board met to hear the requests of six petitioners or dog breeders. In a meeting that lasted over four hours, board members approved all six requests for kennel licenses.

    6. 1/2/13 Indiana News Center Chl 21 (VIDEO)

      Noble Co. Zoning Approves Dog Breeding Kennels | Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, CW, and MyFOX | Local

      ALBION, Ind. ( - The Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals approved dog breeding kennels at their meeting Wednesday night, making animal advocates concerned. Still up and running. Two of six dog breeding kennels up for review Wednesday night were approved by the Noble County ZBA.

    7. 1/2/13 WFFT Chl 55

      Concerned Citizens Protest Dog Breeder

      Concerned Citizens Protest Dog Breeder

      Some concerned citizens in Noble County want all dog breeding facilities in the county shut down. They started their campaign after a series of USDA inspections found more than a dozen violations at one facility. Wednesday evening, members of "Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan" and the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion tried to present their case to the Noble County planning board.

    8. 12/20/12 KPC News (News Sun)

      Six kennels to seek county approval

      ALBION â Owners of six dog kennels are scheduled to seek special zoning exceptions at the Jan. 2, 2013, meeting of the Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals, and a Michigan woman is working to organize opposition to one of the kennels.

    9. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cathy Anderson48116 BRIGHTON, MI
      • 11 months ago

      The treatment of these poor animals is just deplorable. The breeders should not be able to profit whatsoever for their disgusting and cruel exploitation of helpless animals.

    • Regina Plahta BRIGHTON, MI
      • 11 months ago

      I rescued a puppy from a puppy mill. They ALL need to be shut down

    • angelina Williamson WATER VALLEY, MS
      • about 1 year ago

      no puppy mills ...please we have enough animals unwanted home town

    • Meryl Pinque BANGOR, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are sentient beings.

      Stop exploitation: go vegan.

    • Irmgard Gutersohn ASPERG, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Puppy Mills are torture houses!


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