Diane Shortt is a breeder who is licensed with the United States Department of Agriculture. (License Number: 43-A-6002) Diane Shortt is regulated under the Animal Welfare Act, which requires surprised unannounced inspections.
For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enforced the Animal Welfare Act to protect animals from inhumane and neglectful treatment. Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act in 1966. The Animal Welfare Act was strengthened through amendments in 1970, 1976, 1985, 1990, 2002, 2007, and 2008.
The Animal Welfare Act requires that all individuals or businesses dealing with animals covered under the law must be licensed. Each Breeder will have a unique license number. (Example: 31-A-0010) The License number is a indication of the type of license and the location of the individuals or businesses. The First two numbers (31-A-001) is the state identification. 31 for example is for the state of Ohio. The letter ( A or B ) is a indication of what type of license it is. A is for Commercial breeders, while B is for Breeder/Brokers. The last four numbers are the unique numbers for that specific breeder.
During an inspection, the APHIS inspector must be given full access to all areas where regulated animals are kept as well as to all records required under the Animal Welfare Act and regulations. A responsible adult, over the age of 18, must be available to accompany the APHIS inspector. All regulated animals must be shown to the inspector, who may examine any animals. The inspector may also observe how the animals are handled by their caretakers. Dealers, exhibitors, breeders, caretakers, or researchers who interfere with the inspector’s duties are in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
USDA Inspection Check List
- Housing—Animals must be housed in a structurally sound facility in good repair. The facility must contain the animals and protect them from other animals or extreme weather and temperatures. Drainage systems must also be in good repair.
- Ventilation—Animals must be provided with cool air or increased ventilation if the ambient temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or heat if the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lighting—Facilities must be lit well enough to allow safe and easy access for feeding, cleaning, and complete inspection.
- Interior Surfaces—The interior of a facility must be substantially impervious to moisture and be able to be easily cleaned and sanitized.
- Primary Enclosures—Animals must be housed in structurally sound enclosures that are in good repair and meet APHIS’ minimum space requirements. The floors must protect the animals from injury. The cages must be dry and clean and allow animals easy access to food and water.
- Sanitation—Animal waste must be removed and disposed of regularly and as necessary. Primary cages or enclosures should be sanitized at least once every 2 weeks. Facilities must not allow trash to accumulate.
- Pest Control—Facility managers must have an effective program to control insects, ectoparasites, and avian and mammalian pests.
- Feeding and Watering—Animals must be provided with nutritious, palatable food that is free from contamination, properly stored, and served in a clean receptacle. Potable water must be made available twice daily for 1 hour if it is not available all the time.
- Outdoor Shelter—Animals must be protected from sunlight, precipitation, and extreme temperatures.
- Compatibility—Female animals in heat must be separated from male animals except for breeding purposes. Animals with vicious dispositions should be housed apart from other animals. Puppies and kittens should be separated from adult animals other than their mothers. Different species of animals should not be housed together unless compatible.
- Recordkeeping—Facility managers must maintain accurate and complete records of the sources of all animals that come into their possession. Managers are also required to keep records of the dates of acquisition and disposition and to properly identify the animals on the premises. These records must be made available for inspection whenever necessary.
- Adequate Veterinary Care—Programs of disease control and prevention, euthanasia, and veterinary care must be established and maintained under the supervision and assistance of a veterinarian. A caretaker also must observe the animals daily.
- Handling—Every licensee is required to handle animals properly at all times whether he or she is petting, working, feeding, crating, performing, or transferring them.
- Transportation—Licensees and registrants are required to provide animals with adequate space, ventilation, and shipping containers during transportation. Most animals transported must be weaned and at least 8 weeks old.
Diane Shortt Canine Care Checklist
- Daily observation of all dogs within kennel.
- All dogs requiring veterinary care have been treated and documented.
- Veterinary records have been updated.
- Outdated medications have been disposed of properly.
- Attending veterinarian has made kennel inspection within 12 months.
- All dogs have convenient access to feed and water.
- All feed and water bowls have been cleaned and sanitized within last 2 weeks.
- All open bags of feed and bedding are stored in leak proof containers with tight fitting lids.
- All trash containers are leak proof and have tight fitting lids.
- All unopened bags of feed and bedding supplies are stored off of floor and away from walls.
- All enclosures spot cleaned daily.
- Areas behind and below enclosures have been cleaned as necessary.
- All enclosures have been cleaned and sanitized within last 2 weeks.
- All surfaces in contact with the dogs are impervious to moisture.
- Surfaces within enclosures are free of sharp points and edges.
- Mesh floors of sufficient size to prevent feet from falling through.
- Adequate floor space and appropriate shelter (as needed) provided for all dogs.
- All dogs have a minimum of 6 inches headroom in enclosure.
- Nursing bitches have additional space required for litter.
- All dogs in outside kennels have necessary shelters.
- No sick, aged, young, infirmed, short haired, or unacclimated dogs housed outdoors without veterinarianapproval.
- All outside shelters have wind and rain breaks in place.
- All outside shelters have sufficient bedding appropriate for ambient temperatures.
- All outside kennels have sufficient shade structures.
- Temperature controlled areas are between 45-85 degrees F.
- All animal areas within kennel are well ventilated.
- Doors, flaps, gates, etc. are in good repair and operate properly.
- All drains are functioning properly.
- Pest control measures are in place as necessary.
- Items not necessary for animal husbandry are not kept within kennel area.
- Animal husbandry items are stored in proper areas within kennel.
- Lighting is adequate for observation/husbandry purposes and to provide diurnal light cycle.
- All dogs are housed in compatible groups.
- Areas where animals are housed are kept clean and free of accumulations of trash and discarded materials.
- All dogs and weaned puppies have an approved means of identification i.e., tag/collar, tattoo, microchip,and/or cage card.
- Records of dogs on hand have been updated and are accurate.
USDA License Number: 43-A-6002
State License Number: AC0013QH