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Saturday, April 22, 2006

As many of you know, I am passionate about the health and welfare of animals, and often become involved in causes of animal abuse or neglect. So this post will be off-topic of cycling to tell you about a most horrific and appalling case of animal abuse here in California. In fact, it is in Northern California, where I was born and raised. It is another puppy-mill horror story of 17 dogs dying, and over 100 dogs, emaciated and covered with feces in the kennel in Cottonwood, California. The puppy mill is in Tehama County, and the scum-bag kennel owner lives in my area, in Los Gatos. The horrible, appalling conditions were reported to Tehama County Sheriff’s Department and Tehama County Animal Control Services over a year ago, by two women who went there to buy a puppy, and nothing was done. Nothing.... Nothing to help these suffering animals. An absolute disgrace to Tehama county.

A veterinarian’s autopsy showed two of the animals were beaten to death. And, by the way, the woman who was hired to run the kennel has been charged with animal abuse several times in the past twelve years. And, according to Beau Beauregard, the Assistant Director of Tehama County Animal Services, the kennel will NOT be shut down. The low-life puppy mill owner will, at this own discretion, have to get rid of dozens of animals and keep only five to likely suffer the same mistreatment until they die.

One previous employee said that sick animals were taken out into the field and shot. I suspect that will be the fate of all but the five animals that Peter William Raap of Los Gatos will keep in his filthy, disgraceful puppy-mill in Cottonwood, CA. Who is going to oversee how this scumbag gets rid of all these animals? Nobody..... Who is going to monitor how the kennel is run and how animals are treated in the future? Nobody....

Here’s the press release, and you can follow the Link to Pet-Abuse.com to read all the sickening details of this case. Remember, revocation of license does not mean that the kennel will be shut down by the County.

Kennel Press Release (posted on nbc11.com)
POSTED: 11:03 am PDT April 21, 2006
UPDATED: 11:05 am PDT April 21, 2006
Media Release
Date:4/20/2006
To: Local Media Outlets
From: K. "Beau" Beauregard, Assistant Director of Tehama County Animal Services
RE: Kennel Owner Doesn't Contest Revocation
Cottonwood, CA- Today Tehama County Department of Animal Services was notified by Mr. Peter Raap, he would not contest the agencies proposed revocation of his kennel license. April 10, 2006, Mr. Raap was notified the department had taken steps to revoke his kennel license, because he had employed Ms. Norma Kehrer, as an animal caretaker, at his Cottonwood California dog kennel. Kehrer was convicted of animal abuse in February 2005 in Shasta County. Tehama County Code authorizes the department to revoke a kennel license when the owner has employed a person who has been convicted of animal abuse in the last five years. Raap was given ten days to respond to the notification. Raap will not be allowed to apply for a new kennel license for two years. Terms of Kehrer’s probation indicate she is not to own any animals for a period of three years. Animal services have sent their case to the Shasta County District Attorneys office for their review and possible charges against Kehrer for violating her terms of probation.


Rapp was given 30 days to reduce the number of dogs at his Cottonwood kennel to five, to comply with the county code.

“At the end of the 30 days, our department will inspect the kennel to insure Mr. Raap has complied with the departments order. If he has not, he will subject himself to a citation for operating an illegal kennel, and possible impoundment of any dogs in excess of five”, said K. “Beau” Beauregard, assistant director of animal services.

The case involving the deaths of the 17 dogs at Raap’s kennel continues to be investigated, although no suspects have been named. Beauregard asked anyone with any information regarding the death of the dogs to contact the department at 530-527-3439.


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Contact info if you want to speak out about this:
Give good ole Beauregard a call at Tehama County Animal Regulation - 1830 Walnut Street - Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 527-3439
Tehama County District Attorney Office - 444 Oak Street, Room L - Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 527-3053
Shasta County District Attorney's Office to demand that Norma Kerher be prosecuted: (530) 245-6300
Better yet, let the lying puppy-mill owner know what you think about him: Peter William Raap in Los Gatos - 408.358.3364

7 Comments:

  • Hi,
    I have started an online petiton to seize the remaining dogs from Raaps Kennel. If you havent already signed it please go here and do so.
    http://www.petitiononline.com/yh5t9get/petition.html

    Thank You

    By Anonymous Kathy, At 4:18 PM  

  • I have emailed Mr Raap asking him to surrender the dogs to Rescue as I have a Network ready to take them. He has not responded

    By Blogger Kathy, At 6:59 AM  

  • I would have a friend discreetly contact him about the rescue group idea. You can not expect someone who has been exposed by you through an online Petition to turn around and say , "please come over & rescue the dogs."

    If he did that, (as the name "rescue" suggests), that would have been an admission of guilt on his part and he would never do that to someone who has openly opposed him online. If it had been done discreetly, the poor dogs would've been better off.

    I'm very upset at what happened at this irresponsible man's kennel, but some of the responses to this incident are counter-productive emotional responses. And we all know that sometimes emotional responses make a bad situation worse.

    we need to get a hold of our emotions and use some common sense if we want to help the poor animals in a situation like this.

    He somehow disposed of them and now the chances of rescuing them are gone ...

    http://velogal.blogspot.com/2006/04/well-here-is-update-on-abused-dogs-in.html

    Don't get me wrong... It was necessary to expose him and it's great that his license has been revoked, but I'm really worried about the fate of the dogs that he mysteriously got rid of.

    By Anonymous Michael, At 1:14 AM  

  • Another thought that makes me very uncomfortable ... the idea of the dogs going to a "shelter"

    Three national organizations are currently suing the sacramento County Animal Shelter because they have a horrendous 92% Kill rate . They indiscriminately kill healthy and non-healthy animals, according to some animal rights groups.

    The Shasta or Tehama Shelters may not be as bad, but it would be naive to think that a shelter is a safe haven for an animal.

    I have talked to some people who work at shelters and they talk about putting dogs to sleep as if "sleep" really means taking them to a nice comfy bed (and not a euphemism for killing them.)

    It infuriates me to see people are willing to breed for profit and eventually brutalize animals . It is wrong to breed these animals without thinking about the consequences.

    By Anonymous Michael, At 1:34 AM  

  • Hi, I accidently came upon your article when looking for Peter Raap when I googled his name. This is his story - he came from the San Jose Animal Shelter - they thought he was an Airedale. When I got there and told him he wasn't an Airedale and they could put him up for adoption they said he wasn't adoptable and they were going to put him down. I took him home. On the way, luckily PetSmart agreed to bathe and clip him at the last minute, because he was matted and dirty. They had to shave him close everywhere. I got him home. I don't think he's been abused but I don't think he's been socialized. I called AVID for his chip information. I was referred to Southwest Kennel Supply who gave me a lot # and referred me to another company that had bought that lot and they in turn referred me to the person (kennel) who bought that lot number and she looked up his chip. He was sold to her in Dec 2004 at the age of 8mos from the original breeder. (She refers to Colleen Slaughter of Neoshe Missouri) .She told me he was a "phantom" poodle and she in turn sold him to Peter Raap of Los Gatos for a $1,000. He was going to keep him at his house in Los Gatos and let him run in his field with the horses to keep the deer out. I called him and got a "mailbox is full" from an answering service. I called him 2x's then decided to google him. It is scary what I found.
    I have had this beautiful gentle dog since Wed. I talked with the animal shelter investigator this morning (Sunday) and he was quite unaware of all this and is going to let his higher ups know and see what he can do about this to get this man from ever owning another animal. I usually don't give my information out to strangers but I would like to do whatever I can to help you. Joetta / Joetta@email.com

    By Blogger joetta, At 6:51 PM  

  • Hi, I accidently came upon your article when looking for Peter Raap when I googled his name. This is his story - he came from the San Jose Animal Shelter - they thought he was an Airedale. When I got there and told him he wasn't an Airedale and they could put him up for adoption they said he wasn't adoptable and they were going to put him down. I took him home. On the way, luckily PetSmart agreed to bathe and clip him at the last minute, because he was matted and dirty. They had to shave him close everywhere. I got him home. I don't think he's been abused but I don't think he's been socialized. I called AVID for his chip information. I was referred to Southwest Kennel Supply who gave me a lot # and referred me to another company that had bought that lot and they in turn referred me to the person (kennel) who bought that lot number and she looked up his chip. He was sold to her in Dec 2004 at the age of 8mos from the original breeder. (She refers to Colleen Slaughter of Neoshe Missouri) .She told me he was a "phantom" poodle and she in turn sold him to Peter Raap of Los Gatos for a $1,000. He was going to keep him at his house in Los Gatos and let him run in his field with the horses to keep the deer out. I called him and got a "mailbox is full" from an answering service. I called him 2x's then decided to google him. It is scary what I found.
    I have had this beautiful gentle dog since Wed. I talked with the animal shelter investigator this morning (Sunday) and he was quite unaware of all this and is going to let his higher ups know and see what he can do about this to get this man from ever owning another animal. / Joetta

    By Blogger joetta, At 6:53 PM  

  • Isn't anyone upset at the lack of professionalism and response by the Tehama County Animal Shelter? Why didn't they do more to protect these dogs? Put the professionals in charge of animal control (the Sheriff's Department) and get the amateurs out of there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:00 PM  

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