Stop Puppy Mills & Animal Abusers from Getting Commercial Kennel Permits in Lyons, NY

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Robert Juliano has been arrested for 3 counts of animal cruelty in the past.

Recently, video of his 12 dogs bred for sale and left outside of his home without adequate shelter, food or water in sub-zero degree weather has gone viral (posted here). 

Shockingly, he is petitioning the Lyons, NY Planning Board and Zoning Board for a license to build a commercial kennel and continue to breed dogs for sale.

The definition of a puppy mill is any establishment or individual that breeds purebred puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis, with said puppies or dogs typically housed in outdoor commercial kennels.

  • Nearly 25% of all dogs surrendered to a shelter or picked up as strays are purebred
  • 90% of the dogs admitted into an animal shelter are destroyed with 72 hours
  • Nearly 11 million innocent animals will be destroyed in the US this year alone
  • Puppy mills and commercial kennels will only add to the euthanasia numbers across NY state, whether purebred or not.

Here's euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". First, the pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails. That is, until they get to "The Room". There, they freak out and puts on the breaks at the door. They must smell death. The dog will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet finds a vein in the front leg and injects a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully, the dog doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk it's leg which would tear the needle from its leg, covered in blood with deafening yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep" - sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. When it all ends, the animal’s corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back, with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage.

We the undersigned support a ban on the construction of any kennels built to house dogs for the purpose of commercial breeding and sale in the town of Lyons, NY.  There are enough dogs available for adoption through nearby shelters, rescue organizations and the Humane Society including purebred pets.  

Furthermore, a commercial kennel of any size will add to the noise and sanitation issues of the town, and contribute to lower property values.   

If a ban on commercial kennels is not approved, we implore the Zoning Board and Planning Board of Lyons, NY to consider the history of animal abuse of any applicant requesting a permit to build a commercial kennel based on the statistical likelihood that they are more inclined towards criminal behavior and deny Robert Juliano his petition. According to the ASPCA:

  • An animal abuser is 5.2x more likely to commit a violent crime
  • 4x more likely to commit a property crime
  • 3.5x more likely to commit a drug related crime
  • 3.5x more likely to be arrested for disorderly behavior
  • And 5x as likely to harm a fellow human

Further, we also ask that you consider the economic costs of maintaining a kennel and whether an applicant has the financial means to do so properly without putting the animals in his or her care at risk.