When the reports first started trickling in on mailing lists, no one could believe it. “You can’t do that in America!” some cried, seemingly unaware that search and seizure without a warrant was rapidly becoming part of the arsenal of weapons at the disposal of animal control across the country.
This rumor, however, seemed pretty over the top – was Louisville Animal Control really engaging in something called the Newspaper Puppy Sting?
Put simply, Louisville Animal Control finds puppy for sale ads, shows up posing as a buyer, and then calls in law enforcement back up which then confiscates all the dogs in the house, alters them while in custody (irregardless of whether they are ten time best in show winners or backyard bred mixed breeds), and then charges the breeder exorbitant fines and penalties.
Now, it seems, some Louisville area dog breeders are fighting back – in a court of law.