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NY kennel owner admits gassing 93 dogs with farm engine (puppy mill)
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Monday, September 13, 2010 | Amy Worden

Posted on 09/14/2010 11:46:17 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

A commercial kennel owner in New York destroyed 93 dogs using a hose connected to a farm engine and pumping carbon monoxide into a makeshift "gas chamber."

David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus, told a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector during a July 15 inspection that he killed the dogs to "depopulate" the kennel.

Yoder said he created an airtight chamber out of a wood whelping box (where nursing puppies are typically housed with their mothers) by fitting the opening with a metal door with a small hole for an exhaust pipe which was attached to a 3 horsepower farm engine.

Then he gassed "approximately" 78 adult dogs and 15 puppies in groups of five or six. Yoder said he left the barn during the gassing because he had a headache from the fumes. He also said he used a stethoscope to make sure the dogs had stopped breathing before burying them, according to the inspection report.

It is against federal law for a licensed kennel owner to perform their own euthanasia. The inspector, Andrea D'Ambrosio, also noted that dogs not immediately gassed likely suffered from inhaling the excess fumes.

"The manner of mass euthanasia caused potentially high levels of behavioral stress and unnecessary discomfort to all the dogs in the kennel," the report said.

Mary Anne Kowalski, a board member of the Seneca County SPCA, said she was not aware of anyone from the USDA reporting what she believes is a clear case of animal cruelty to local authorities.

The dogs were killed sometime after a June 29 inspection where Yoder had been ordered to get his dogs tested and treated for Brucellosis (after earlier tests indicated some of his dogs had the contagious disease) and before the inspector returned on July 15.

The case bears an eerie resemblance to the 2008 mass shooting at a Berks County, Pa., kennel after the owner was told to treat his dogs for flea infestation. That incident helped propel the passage of the new state dog law and the immediate prohibition of euthanasia by any means other than by a licensed veterinarian.

Romulus, located 60 miles southeast of Rochester in Seneca County, may have been the first municipality in the nation to ban puppy mills when it passed an ordinance last year outlawing commercial kennels.

Seneca County has a sizeable Amish population, and many are involved in dog breeding, Kowalski said. Yoder, who is Amish, bred poodles, Bichons, Maltese and Boston Terriers. He was allowed to continue operating his kennel in Romulus despite the ban because it was grandfathered under the new ordinance.

Kowalski, who discovered the report of the gassing on the USDA website while updating her files today, said she was stunned at what she read. "I just lost it," she said.

Kowalski said she reported the incident to the sheriff and district attorney in the hope that cruelty charges will be brought against Yoder.

"I hope these dogs did not die in vain," she said.


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Authorities ought to put HIM in the whelping box
1 posted on 09/14/2010 11:46:21 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

One year in Prison per violation. That is 93 years. Not concurrently, but consecutively.


2 posted on 09/14/2010 11:48:40 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Welcome to "The Hunt for Red November".)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus

Likely Amish, based on that name. They're VERY heavy into puppy mill operations. This SOB needs to be gassed.

3 posted on 09/14/2010 11:50:04 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"... David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus, told a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector during a July 15 inspection that he killed the dogs to "depopulate" the kennel."

Real nice work there, Heinrich Himmler. Better hope Michael Vick is on your jury.

Straight away to jail with you now...

4 posted on 09/14/2010 11:50:17 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I am nauseous!

Mighty CHRISTIAN of this money grubbing jerk!!

The Amish just lost a lot of respect!
Its a tight knit community and NOBODY was upset???WTF?
surprised he doesn’t gas kids, if they get in the way!


5 posted on 09/14/2010 11:50:22 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: ScottinVA

Duh. He is Amish. I only needed to read the article through.


6 posted on 09/14/2010 11:51:03 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: ScottinVA

All the puppy mill breeders in the Finger Lakes are either Amish or Mennonite.


7 posted on 09/14/2010 11:52:27 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: ScottinVA
This SOB needs to be gassed.

He killed some animals and you think he should be executed? You need to develop a sense of proportion. Question - do you ever eat meat?

8 posted on 09/14/2010 11:52:51 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Muzlum convert???


9 posted on 09/14/2010 11:53:30 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (IMPEACH Barry Dunham Soetoro aka "Soebarkah" aka Imam Barack Hussein Muhammad Obama!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

A lot of spousal and child abuse in the Amish community gets swept under the rug because, as you say, they are very close knit.


10 posted on 09/14/2010 11:53:36 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: RachelFaith

These animal abuse laws were mostly enacted to locate child and human abusers, cause the connection is so close!

I would bet, with this kind of abuse and sickness, this guy also has child, domestic or other abuse in his history.

GO FOR IT SPCA AND THE LOCAL LEGAL AUTHORITIES!


11 posted on 09/14/2010 11:54:10 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What’s all the uproar, seems like a pretty humane way to put them down.


12 posted on 09/14/2010 11:55:13 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: ScottinVA
"... Likely Amish, based on that name."

It was indeed a dirty Amish type:

Seneca County has a sizeable Amish population, and many are involved in dog breeding, Kowalski said. Yoder, who is Amish, bred poodles, Bichons, Maltese and Boston Terriers. He was allowed to continue operating his kennel in Romulus despite the ban because it was grandfathered under the new ordinance.

Most people across America mistakenly believe that the Amish just aren't the types of people to be just as revolting, sneaky, and criminally-minded wastes of space as any other random citizen.

13 posted on 09/14/2010 11:55:43 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: HighlyOpinionated

All the jokes at FR about Amish terrorists and we just found one.


14 posted on 09/14/2010 11:55:43 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: ScottinVA

From what I have heard, the Amish have very little regard for animals.


15 posted on 09/14/2010 11:55:52 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: from occupied ga
"... You need to develop a sense of proportion. Question - do you ever eat meat?"

And you need to undevelop your miscalibrated sense of moral relevancy.

16 posted on 09/14/2010 11:57:08 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: from occupied ga

Read my post #11....

Educate yourself first...if YOU don’t care about humane treatment of animals, THINK ABOUT THE CONNECTION TO HUMAN ABUSE.

“some animals” ...and this was inhumane treatment, not killing animals for food, it was a f...g puppy mill...THAT is called Greed and this guy is one sicko!


17 posted on 09/14/2010 11:57:30 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

First let me say, I don’t like commercial puppy farms for a number of reasons. Now that that’s out of the way:

I don’t know what death by carbon monoxide poisoning is like, but I assume that you go to sleep, since people are accidentally killed this way on occasion, and you would think if it was painful they would wake and leave the house.

On the other hand, one of my own dogs, during *humane* euthanisia by my vet (I always stay) became agitated, vomited and was clearly distressed. This is not to say you should not use this as a method to euthanize your pet, but it IS to say that carbon monoxide may not be worse. It does not sound like this particular thing, while apparently against the law, was particularly cruel. I think this has more to do with stepping on the toes of vets.


18 posted on 09/14/2010 11:58:04 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
I would bet, with this kind of abuse and sickness, this guy also has child, domestic or other abuse in his history.

He has SOME serious screws loose. I mean he didn't MASS gas them... he thought it all up, planned it out, and then brought nearly 100 dogs into a small cage 5 or 6 at a time?

That means he did this act, 20 times. Counting the time it would take to move, gas, move again, etc. This had to have taken ALL DAY or MULTIPLE DAYS.

THAT ain't normal brain waves...

19 posted on 09/14/2010 11:59:30 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Welcome to "The Hunt for Red November".)
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To: fortheDeclaration

As much as I dislike the Amish puppy farms, they are livestock like cows or pigs. I think I recall that the USDA started this whole practice at some point.


20 posted on 09/14/2010 12:00:07 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

“What’s all the uproar, seems like a pretty humane way to put them down.”

Beats throwing them in the river like that Lituanian girl did.

People, people, people. A little perspective please. I’m not advocating killing puppies, but geez, this guy wasn’t running one of the German concentration camps.


21 posted on 09/14/2010 12:01:09 PM PDT by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: brytlea

I am so sorry you had to go through that with your doggie.


22 posted on 09/14/2010 12:01:15 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Wipe the saliva off your face and answer the question - do you ever eat meat?


23 posted on 09/14/2010 12:01:48 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
blah blah

Apparently you're a long way from fully recovered.

24 posted on 09/14/2010 12:03:06 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

The problem is, this guy looks at dogs like you look at cows or pigs (or like a farmer looks at cows or pigs—I don’t rightly know how you look at them). They are livestock, and because these had a disease, brucellosis,which makes them unbreedable and thus worthless to him, that was his only recourse. What he did makes sense to him, as a businessman, but to us, who see dogs as pets and as family members it seems horrific.


25 posted on 09/14/2010 12:03:28 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea
I don’t know what death by carbon monoxide poisoning is like, but I assume that you go to sleep, since people are accidentally killed this way on occasion, and you would think if it was painful they would wake and leave the house.

What this guy did was NOT produce Carbon Monoxide. The way to do that, is to have the exhaust AND intake vented into the same room, then the engine creates CO when it doesn't have enough oxygen to run properly.

What this idiot did was to GAS them in a horrible and painful way. Dying by this method is not painless, and is not falling asleep.

26 posted on 09/14/2010 12:03:56 PM PDT by Paradox (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
What’s all the uproar, seems like a pretty humane way to put them down.

It violates the Veterinarian Full Employment Act

27 posted on 09/14/2010 12:04:16 PM PDT by seton89 (Use Amendment X as your email signature)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
One of my 3 dogs, a ridgeback/german shepard mix I got from a rescue operation. Chief was found with another puppy taped up in a box and left in the woods to die of dehydration. He'd been at he rescue for nearly a year because nobody wanted a dog that big. He's a great dog. I think whoever did that to him has some real problems. But, I'm kinda wondering if CO asphyxiation is that much worse than a shot at the pound. The problem really is too many dogs and breeders over breeding even more.
28 posted on 09/14/2010 12:04:34 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Should have used pure nitrogen instead.


29 posted on 09/14/2010 12:05:52 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: RachelFaith

Do you know how many helpless bacteria (they are animals) are killed purely for profit by pharmaceutical companies? It’s called making antibiotics.


30 posted on 09/14/2010 12:05:52 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: from occupied ga

I guess you are one of those types that just enjoys being soooooo Macho and au naturale! tough guy, huh?

Do you ever eat meat? What has that got to do with gassing puppies? These aren’t livestock.


31 posted on 09/14/2010 12:05:58 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Maybe we should start placing Muslims on the Amish farms...


32 posted on 09/14/2010 12:07:17 PM PDT by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: brownsfan
I’m not advocating killing puppies, but geez, this guy wasn’t running one of the German concentration camps.

First, they came for the MiniPins, and I did not bark out, because I was not a MiniPin.

Then they came for the Schnausers, and I did not bark out, because I was not a Schnauser.

Then they came for the Poodles and I did not bark out, because I was not a Poodle.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to bark out for me.

33 posted on 09/14/2010 12:07:18 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: ScottinVA
So you advocate killing him...?

Or are you just emotional right now?

34 posted on 09/14/2010 12:07:21 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Kill them all...let God sort them out.)
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To: brytlea
The problem is, this guy looks at dogs like you look at cows or pigs (or like a farmer looks at cows or pigs.

This isn't a problem. The problem is when some animals are considered different than others. This is a western cultural thing promulgated by the wackjobs in PETA and the ASPCA. Dogs ARE livestock (thit cho). They're animals, not furry little people.

35 posted on 09/14/2010 12:07:26 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I used to work for a vet, and generally, they just go peacefully, it would figure it was my own dog who had such a bad time of it. The vet explained to me that sometimes if they are very sick (she was) the system is already shutting down, and the medication is slower to work. It was very awful to watch. In hindsight I wish we had given her something to make her go to sleep first, but I had no idea. In the big scheme of things it was still over fairly quickly, but it is one of those memories I will always have, unfortunately.


36 posted on 09/14/2010 12:07:56 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: dblshot

You nailed it...greed.


37 posted on 09/14/2010 12:08:07 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Paradox

It sounded like he thought that’s what he was doing. But, I admit I’m not an expert on gassing anyone.


38 posted on 09/14/2010 12:09:11 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
These aren’t livestock.

There's your problem. Actually livestock is exactly what they are.

39 posted on 09/14/2010 12:09:32 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga
do you ever eat meat

Do you eat dog?

40 posted on 09/14/2010 12:09:51 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
.22 would be more humane and don't cost much.
41 posted on 09/14/2010 12:10:37 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Lazamataz

that is disgusting...You are trying to be funny about two horrific things, the Holocaust and animal Abuse ( which correlates to Human Abuse).

But your Macho Macho -tough Guy posts are always on here.
you must really be inadequate. Don’t worry, we are all so impressed with your toughness and sarcasm.


42 posted on 09/14/2010 12:10:58 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: from occupied ga
do you ever eat meat?

My FRiend. Eating meat is not a defense of abuse. First slaughter animals are not domesticated companion animals. Second they are humanly killed, usually by a strike right through the brain.

Cows are not pack animals, they have no deference to obey or trust the rancher. Dogs are social animals and these we lead into a crude and likely based on the testimony, weakly functioning gassing chamber.

This would have led to a slow and traumatic death. Thereby cruel. And in violation of the statutes for professional euthanasia. For that he should be fined and imprisoned. I might add, mentally evaluated.

It is obvious he knew what he was doing and had been cited for other violations and purposed to subvert the law. For that he is guilty. But this has nothing to do with any hypocrisy on behalf of those who hunt, or eat meat or who do neither.

This is a simple open and shut case and the full extent of the law should be applied.

44 posted on 09/14/2010 12:11:05 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Welcome to "The Hunt for Red November".)
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To: from occupied ga

Are we then to presume dogs are on your menu?


45 posted on 09/14/2010 12:11:18 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio - US Senate, West FL22nd, Scott/Carroll - FL Gov/LtGov, Miller-AK US Senate)
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To: from occupied ga

I think you’re on my list of people who it’s best I not respond to.


46 posted on 09/14/2010 12:12:45 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brownsfan

“People, people, people. A little perspective please. I’m not advocating killing puppies, but geez, this guy wasn’t running one of the German concentration camps.”

However he WAS using one of their early methods.


47 posted on 09/14/2010 12:12:56 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: seton89

that used to be the way the pound put the animals down...its a lot cheaper than a shot!


48 posted on 09/14/2010 12:13:08 PM PDT by jrd
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To: Lazamataz

LOL!!!


50 posted on 09/14/2010 12:13:26 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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