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Ryan and Leann Brotherton
  • Owners: Brotherton, Ryan and Leann
  • Business name: Twin Cedar Kennels
  • Address: 3227 242nd Ave
  • City, State Zip: Keokuk, IA 52632
  • Year: 2004
  • USDA License: 42-A-0943
  • USDA Inspector: John Lies, ACI
  • USDA Inspections: 2003-10-01
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2004-09-30
Approximately 25 dogs. Breeds: Doberman Pinschers, Basset Hounds, Labradors, Bloodhounds

Ryan and Leann Brotherton’s kennel is a metal building about 30 feet long and 20 feet wide, with indoor runs against both 30 foot walls. Doggie doors in these runs accessed outside runs.

The inside runs were about five feet wide and five feet long, with six-foot-high treated-wire doors and metal walls from floor to ceiling that separated the pens. The flooring inside the entire kennel was made of concrete. One pen housed two adult Bloodhounds, another two adult Doberman Pinschers; three others each had one adult Basset Hound. Pens on the side of the kennel facing the house housed two Labradors.

The inside pens had a lix-it system which provided access for water to dogs in every pen. The inside pens contained a single metal bowl, all empty and covered in rust (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces) (3.9(a)-Feeding). If these bowls were for food, they were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (3.9(b)-Feeding).

One of these pens had two holes, each about six inches by 12 inches, in the chain link walls that allowed the dogs inside to reach their heads through. One hole was in the door of the pen and another near the bottom wall separating this pen from another. These holes had jagged wires sticking out of them which could injure the dogs (3.1(c)(1)(ii)-Surfaces) (3.6(a)(2)(iii)(iv)- Primary enclosures).

Six outside runs on each side of the building were each about five feet wide and ten feet long with concrete floorings. They had six-foot-high chain link walls and chain link doors at the end farther from the kennel building. Several pens had thick-gauge wire attached to the inside of the pen doors, which were about five feet wide and three feet high.

The floorings of the inside and outside pens had several days’ worth of feces smeared over them. There appeared to be no areas on the flooring of the pens, inside or out, where the dogs could walk or lie down without being in contact with their own excrement (3.11(a)-Cleaning). At the end of each pen furthest from the kennel building were mounds of dry feces, which looked like several weeks’ worth of accumulation (3.1(f) Drainage and waste disposal) (3.11(a)-Cleaning).

Within a foot of the pens facing the house were weeds up to five feet tall (3.11(c)-Housekeeping for premises). Two cages stacked on top of one another, several wooden frames and a wooden board were in the kennel area (3.1(b)-Condition and site). A snow shovel with its metal end covered in feces was leaning against an electric meter (3.1(b)-Condition and site). This meter stood within three feet of the outside pens and on the same side of the kennel as the doorway

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