Lancaster residents raise stink about puppy mill waste

Residents of one Lancaster County community with a high concentration of commercial kennels are raising a stink about dog waste.

It's not the first time anyone has brought up the issue of kennel dog waste - which has a high probability of contamination from worms and pathogens - polluting the state's waterways.

In fact, questions were raised on at least two occasions a year ago, first when syringes and needles were found in a compost pile at Limestone Kennel in Chester County and a month later when a Berks County kennel owner shot his 80 dogs and told dog wardens he threw their bodies on the compost pile. Department of Environmental Protection officials shrugged off the issue at the time, saying it was legal to put dead animals in compost. 

But with estimates that a single 150-dog kennel can produce at least 27,000 pounds of waste a year, residents in Providence Township are banding together to lobby state officials to take the issue seriously.

Reporter Jon Rutter of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal explores Providence Against Cruel Kennels' (PACK) effort to clean up its neighborhood here.