Liesa / Liesa / Sarah McPhee / Kitten/Puppy Mill
This is a copy of the e-mail I sent to Animal Control Services in King County, WA after visiting her "cattery" that tells my story:
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 11:15 PM
Subject: BYB/ Puppy & kitty mill in Duvall, WA
To Whom It May Concern:
Late last year I was in a process of finding a suitable Persian kitten as a pet for my family. I contacted and visited several advertised breeders. I feel guilty for not contacting you earlier about a breeder in Duvall, WA.
However recently I noticed her advertising again. The breeder has several litters of Persian kittens as well as several litters of Australian Shepherds puppies available. I visited her establishment late last year (approx. October 2012) with my husband and was appalled by the conditions of the breeding animals as well as babies available for sale. The breeder was not interested in screening us as potential buyers but actually being very pushy in trying to get us get any kitten she had available. Even though we felt like rescuing the kittens, the breeder failed to produce any health certificates for the breeding cats and she had no proof of her cats/kittens receiving any veterinary care at all. Breeder couldn't produce any CFA certification of her breeding cats/kittens even though she advertises them as CFA registered/registerable.
The cats were being housed in a barn like outbuilding in small, two-story cages: 4 adults + kittens per cage (one litter box). Persians are famous for their long, lush coats. Her cats were matted at the skin and dirty. Kittens had feces stack to their feet and faces caked in dried up food. The breeder also had older kittens available that were loose in her home.
To get to the outbuilding that housed the cats we had to go thru her fenced backyard full of loose 'breeding dogs' (approximately 20 +/- dogs).
I would encourage Animal Control Services to look into this and see for yourselves the conditions that all her animals are kept in. Her facility is beyond the description of a backyard breeder. It looked exactly like a puppy/kitty mill where animals are bred excessively and with no veterinary care. The breeder claims to be licensed. If you would like a full tour with her full cooperation you could always pose as a customer.
Below, I provide a copy of her advertisements I found on NWsource.com
link to the add: http://nwsource.kaango.com/ad-persian-kits-cfa-4-ltrs-himalayans-chinchilla-silvers-green-eyes-calicos-more-hlth-guar-400-up/22224119
Advertiser Details Username: sarahmcphee9
Joined: Sep 21, 2010
Ads Placed: 142
ANIMAL CONTROL RESPONSE E-MAIL:
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:18:37 +0000
Thanks for sending this. I have it in as case number [protected], the officer will be out working on this. Thanks again.
Nothing happened to this day and no info from Animal Control if my concern was correct or not in their eyes.
Now I see more adds from the same person. Please do not support this establishment. Feeling sorry for the kittens and buying them will only enables her to create more babies that will need to be rescued.
Here are the links to her current ads:
Advertisement Details Ad Id: [protected]
Location: Duvall, WA
Created: Oct 30, 2013 Expires: Nov 13, 2013
Joined: Sep 21, 2010
Ads Placed: 165 - See more at: http://nwsource.kaango.com/ad-persian-kittens/22526138#sthash.0fXmkR6F.dpuf