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Criminal Records Located

GARD founder Joy Bohannon’s history of convictions for animal welfare violations has been hinted at but I finally located the hard data last night. The NJ site doesn’t have download capability so I had to screen shot it all. Forgive the length of the post but it’s important.

Pennsylvania

Bucks County, Pennsylvania 05/23/2012 Joy Bohannon found guilty of dealing dogs as an out of state dealer and failure to have mandated health certificates for the animals.

You can view the complete records at the links below.

Summary
No Health Certificates
Out of State Dog Dealer

New Jersey

On February 10, 2014 Bohannon was found guilty in East Amwell Municipal Court of the following seven charges. To view the list yourself, go to NJ Magisterial Court Site and use the following search parameters:

Charges for which Joy Bohannon was found guilty

  1. Non-compliance with inspection and construction of facility
  2. Failing to obtain approval by health authority
  3. Failing to remove excreta
  4. Failing to frequently clean animal enclosures
  5. Failing to observe animals for disease
  6. Improper holding and receiving of animals
  7. Failing to provide documents, a record of animals retrieved and their disposition

The above list doesn’t surprise me at all given what I observed on site.

Details

§ 8:23A-1.2 Compliance
(a) Kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds shall comply with the provisions of these rules in the maintenance and care of all animals subject to rabies and other diseases of dogs, as well as rules, regulations and ordinances enacted by the appropriate agency or governing body of the municipality wherein they are located.

Guilty –Non-compliance with inspection and construction of facility

§ 8:23A-1.2 Compliance
(a) Kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds shall comply with the provisions of these rules in the maintenance and care of all animals subject to rabies and other diseases of dogs, as well as rules, regulations and ordinances enacted by the appropriate agency or governing body of the municipality wherein they are located.

Guilty – Failure to obtain approval by health authority

§ 8:23A-1.8 Sanitation
(a) Excreta shall be removed from primary enclosures as often as necessary to prevent contamination of the animals contained therein and to control disease hazards and odors. When cleaning, any animal contained therein shall be removed from such enclosures during the cleaning process, and adequate measures shall be taken to protect the animals in other such enclosures from being contaminated with water and other wastes.

Guilty – Failing to remove excreta

§ 8:23A-1.8 Sanitation
(b) Primary enclosures for animals shall be physically cleaned often enough to prevent an accumulation of debris or excreta and to reduce to a practical minimum, agents injurious to the health of animals or humans.

Guilty – Failing to frequently clean animal enclosures

§ 8:23A-1.9 Disease control
(a) Facilities subject to this subchapter as provided in N.J.A.C. 8:23A-1.2 shall establish and maintain a program of disease control and adequate health care (program) under the supervision and assistance of a doctor of veterinary medicine.

1. The program shall address the physical and psychological well-being of animals at the facility, including stress-induced behaviors, such as repetitious behavior or vocalizations, from auditory, visual, and olfactory stimuli.

(b) The supervising veterinarian shall annually sign and date a form provided by the IZDP indicating that such a program is in effect at the facility.

Guilty – Failing to observe animals for disease

§ 8:23A-1.10 Holding and receiving of animals
(a) There shall be kept at each kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound a record of all animals received and/or disposed of. Such record shall state the date each animal was received, description of animal, license number, breed, age and sex; name and address of person from whom acquired; date euthanized and method, or name and address of person to whom sold or otherwise transferred.
(b) These records shall be kept at the premises for 12 months after the date the animal is euthanized or removed from the establishment and shall be available to any agent of the municipal government, the local health department or the State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Guilty- Improper holding and receiving of animals

§ 8:23A-1.13 Records and administration
(a) There shall be kept at each kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound a record of all animals received and/or disposed of. Such record shall state the date each animal was received, description of animal, license number, breed, age and sex; name and address of person from whom acquired; date euthanized and method, or name and address of person to whom sold or otherwise transferred.
(b) These records shall be kept at the premises for 12 months after the date the animal is euthanized or removed from the establishment and shall be available to any agent of the municipal government, the local health department or the State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Guilty – Failing to provide documents, a record of animals retrieved and their disposition

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