News Quiz: Taking Aim At Puppy Mills

A series of IowaWatch stories in late 2014 and early 2015 dug into concerns about how dog breeding facilities are inspected in Iowa. Animal rights advocates say not enough is being done to protect animals while breeders who talked with IowaWatch said inspections sometimes are unfair and aimed at the wrong people. Our quiz provides some updates.

More Dog Breeding Inspections In U.S., But Only 120 Inspectors Available In The Country

Federal inspectors say they have increased their dog breeding facility inspections after a critical 2010 review that said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service was not doing enough. But the inspection service had only 120 inspectors to check some 10,000 licensed dog breeding facilities in the United States.

Podcast: KXIC ‘Your Town’ Features IowaWatch Puppy Mill Story, Jacob Luplow

IowaWatch summer 2014 intern Jacob Luplow and executive director-editor Lyle Muller were the guests on the Tuesday, Oct. 21, “Your Town” show on KXIC radio, AM 800, in Iowa City. Host Jay Capron talked with Luplow, a student at Cornell College, about an IowaWatch story he did about troublesome dog breeders who repeatedly violate Animal Welfare Act regulations designed to protect animal health, but who get to keep animals while being cited for those repeat violations. He talked with Muller about other work being done at IowaWatch. You may listen to Capron’s conversation with IowaWatch by skipping to the 20-minute mark of this one-hour podcast.

Cracks Exist In New Egg Safety Plan Inspection System

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting finds holes in the system that was to answer concerns over salmonella-related recall from egg plants operated by DeCoster Egg Farms of Iowa. All egg production facilities still are not inspected as required by the plan, the center’s investigation finds.