Pet Owners Push to Regulate Dog Boarding and Daycare

Updated: 11/28/2012 7:56 AM By: Naomi Pescovitz

It is an unregulated industry in Minnesota and many dog owners don't even know. The state does not license boarders, breeders, groomers or pet sitters.

One Lakeville couple is now bringing a dog boarder to court.

This October Patty and Peter Fahnlander say they dropped their 7-year-old German shepherd, Sheba, off at The Lazy Leash in Rosemount. They say when they went to pick her up a few days later, she was not there. The couple later found out Sheba had been killed in an accident involving a motorcycle.

"Pets become like part of the family and I don't think people really realize is when you drop off your pet, who is that person, what's going to happen," said Peter Fahnlander.

KSTP visited The Lazy Leash and spoke to owner Jo Hall, she says the dog was never in her care.

The Fahnlander's case will go to court next month.

There is a Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association. Participating businesses take a pledge to regulate themselves. Downtown Dogs in Minneapolis is a member and owner Anne Hendrickson says there should be better regulation and education.

"It's not a guarantee that your dog is in a climate controlled environment, it's not a guarantee that adults are taking care of your dog," Hendrickson said.