About two weeks ago, I received an email from a reader of The Dog Merchants book. The reader is involved in the breeding community and explained that there was something going on with a Miniature Schnauzer breeder named Joan Huber. Little information was online, but what I was able to find suggested that a major-award-winning breeder of AKC championship dogs—more than 850 of them over the years—had been convicted of animal cruelty.

I looked into the detailsĀ and wrote this story that ran today in The Washington Post.

My thanks to the reader who tipped me to this breeder’s tale. It’s an important story, and it’s amazing to me that it was somehow kept out of the public eye for as long as it was.