USDA shuts down puppy mill database- Trump gets the blame
Canine Americans the latest to feel the effects of the Trump bump.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says the federal Department of Agriculture under President Trump has backtracked on animal welfare by deleting an online database of inspection reports on animal facilities such as dog breeding centres.
The New York Democrat says the database helped expose puppy mills and other inhumane facilities.
He has written the USDA urging it to reconsider the decision, which he says puts animals at risk.
The Associated Press first reported on the USDA removing the inspection reports earlier this month.
Schumer says the USDA inspects about 9,000 breeding centres, laboratories and other animal facilities annually.
In a statement on its website, the USDA says an ongoing review of its online information began before Trump took office.
It says the changes are intended to balance transparency with personal privacy and that the information can be requested through open records requests.
Friday night, the IceDogs open their best of seven quarter-final series on home ice versus the Generals, some tickets are still available. The 'Dogs have also announced a bus trip to Oshawa for game three and four.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.
Kirill Maksimov enjoyed a four point night while Johnny Corneil and Ben Jones each scored a pair in the IceDogs 6-3 Friday night win in Erie. With the win, Niagara has now secured home ice advantage in their first round playoff series with Oshawa.