Opponents of so-called “puppy mills” are fighting the reappointment of Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach.
Activists testified before state legislators this week that Ibach has allowed the “cruel neglect” of dogs at breeding operations in Nebraska to continue, and worsen, during his time in office.
Ibach, who’s been the state’s ag director for a decade, says he’s been working in recent months to make improvements to the breeding programs for both dogs and cats.
Jay Rempe, at the Nebraska Farm Bureau, says his group, and most other ag organizations, support Ibach.
“The department has a lot of different authorities, a lot of different rules and regs they enforce, the enforcement of the act…that relates to dog and cat breeding operations is only a small part of what the department does,” Rempe says. “We have a great relationship with Greg and hope to see him continue.”
While Hearts for United Animals led the anti-puppy mill groups in opposing Ibach, an official with the Nebraska Humane Society of Omaha says they like the job Ibach is doing and support him.
Despite opposition raised at the Senate Ag Committee hearing, Ibach is expected to be confirmed.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton