Joe Biden’s Dog Breeder Cited for Violations

Pennsylvania kennel under scrutiny in wake of vice president-elect’s visit.

Posted: December 20, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

The Pennsylvania kennel where Vice President-elect Joe Biden bought a German Shepherd Dog puppy last week has been cited for multiple kennel violations, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

State agriculture officials cited the Wolf Den Kennel in Chester County on Dec. 10 for unsatisfactory ventilation, inadequate maintenance and sanitation, and missing sale and vaccination records. Read the report here.

Kennel owner Linda Brown says workers cleaning up the night before Biden’s visit accidentally threw out the records.

Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander says the kennel had a 100 percent rating during its last five inspections at the time Biden bought the puppy.

Biden’s wife Jill had promised her husband a dog if he and President-elect Barack Obama won the White House.

Alexander says Biden has owned three German Shepherd Dogs. “[Biden’s] familiar with the breed and its personality,” Alexander told Delaware Online. “He’s excited to bring it home when it gets a little older and has promised that his grandchildren can name it after the New Year.”


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Christine   Kirkwood, NY

1/12/2010 2:21:40 AM

when is something going to be done about the puppy mills in New York State ?

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Antoinette   Riverhead, NY

5/16/2009 4:25:45 PM

Ibelieve that all puppy mills should be shut down and be monitored somehow so they can not operate another kennel. We have one here in Riverhead that keeps opening up a pet store with puppy mills and we have tried several times to close them down. If Biden wanted a dog, he should have gone to a shelter where they have plenty of great dogs.

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dennis   Eagan, MN

4/12/2009 4:13:10 PM

It is just wrong to punish a quality dog breeder like the one the Biden's used. She was punished for no reason, and Biden should have stepped in and fired the people (government workers) that punished her.

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DONALD THOMPSON   WETUMPKA, AL

4/12/2009 12:09:03 PM

NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ACCEPTED A PUPPY FROM SEN. KENNEDY, ARE THEY GOING TO PUBLICLY ATTACK THE SENATOR AS THEY DID A LICENSED BREEDER. WHEN DID IT BECOME ANYONE ELSES BUSINESS WHERE PEOPLE DECIDED TO GET A PET FROM. IF PETA IS SO WORRIED ABOUT THE ANINALS IN THE SHELTERS LET THEM TAKE THE ANIMALS TO THEIR HOMES.

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