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An estimated 1,200 dogs at a Kansas puppy mill were euthanized after an outbreak of distemper in several Wyoming pet shops was traced to the commercial breeding facility owned by Jeff Fortin, a puppy mill breeder in Kansas, Beaver Creek Kennels.
Jeff Fortin's kennel had been in trouble since 2006 when he was fined $8,795 for violations about record keeping and "failure to adequately treat animals with health problems." The dogs at Beaver Creek Kennels were put under quarantine on two other occasions by the Animal Health Department for confirmed cases of distemper and Fortin was temporarily suspended from selling puppies.
Under a consent agreement between the Kansas Animal Health Department Jeff Fortin is eligible to be back in business in six months if he meets the requirements.
We ask that Jeff Fortin be prohibited from opening another puppy mill kennel. His neglect cost the lives of 1,200 puppies.
Kansas Animal Health Department
708 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66603-3714
Phone: (785) 296-2326
Fax: (785) 296-1765
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