Tennessee's Lack of Oversight for Animal-Related Business Under Fire

Following the death of a dog found severely malnourished after a five-week stay in a Johnson City training facility, the lack of oversight in the state for kennels, shelters and other animal-related businesses is coming into question, the Johnson City Press reports. While such entities run by municipalities and commercial breeders require licensing and inspection, there are currently no laws in Tennessee governing private businesses operating as training facilities or kennels. State Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, when asked by the paper said he believes the laws currently on the books are sufficient and the fact the owners were arrested is proof that they are working. The owners of the training camp in Johnson City were both charged with aggravated animal cruelty regarding the dog’s death.

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