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Joe Biden's puppy breeder is cited for violations

December 17, 2008 |  2:59 pm

Joe Biden We've heard so much commentary on Joe Biden's new (breeder-bought) German Shepherd puppy that our heads are spinning.  In fact, as of this writing, almost 2,500 readers have voted in our poll on the subject (at present, about 42% say that Biden made the right choice in purchasing from a breeder, while 31% say he should have adopted a rescued dog). 

All the while, rumors have been swirling about whether or not the word "reputable" should be used to describe breeder Linda Brown, the woman from whom Biden purchased the as-yet-unnamed puppy. 

The Christian Science Monitor reports:

Well it turns out the place where Biden got his dog was just cited for multiple violations including: unsatisfactory ventilation, inadequate maintenance and sanitation, and missing sale and vaccination records.

Biden's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, told the Associated Press that the kennel received a 100% score on its previous five inspection reports.  The AP further reports that:

Kennel owner Linda Brown says workers cleaning up the night before Biden's visit accidentally threw out the [sale and vaccination] records...

Brown says she has never been cited before.

And because the Internet never sleeps, a new website has cropped up amid the hoopla -- BidenDog.com includes information on puppy mills, a listing of German Shepherd rescue groups and even a petition asking Biden to make a statement about his recent puppy purchase. 

Looks like Biden's puppy is quickly eclipsing Rin Tin Tin as the most famous German Shepherd ever!

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Frank Polich / Bloomberg News

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