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Marvin Kauffman
  • Owners: Kauffman, Marvin
  • Business name: Kauffman Kennel
  • Address: 25186 Popcorn Rd.
  • City, State Zip: Weldon, IA 50264
  • Year: 2004
  • USDA License: 42-A-0018
  • USDA Inspector: John Lies, ACI
  • USDA Inspections: 2003-10-01
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2004-09-29
Approximately 18 dogs and two puppies. Breeds: Lhasa Apsos, Bichons

First kennel building
One of Marvin Kauffman’s kennel buildings was a single-story wooden structure about 20 feet long and 12 feet wide. On both longer sides of the building were five indoor/outdoor enclosures, each about four feet wide, four feet long, and four feet high. The outside enclosures were made with wooden and metal beams at their corners and wire on all sides, including the floorings. Wooden beams raised the outside enclosures about a foot above the dirt ground. The building roofing extended about 18 inches over the outdoor pens. Four pens each housed two Lhasa Apsos, and one pen housed two Bichons.

In several areas there was algae build-up on the wood and metal beams of the enclosures (3.1(c)(2)-Surfaces). Wood elements were painted, and the wire on the floorings was treated while the thin-gauge galvanized wire on the walls and roofing was untreated (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures). The indoor and outdoor pens were connected by metal doggie doors that had oil and feces buildup on their surfaces (3.1(c)(3)-Surfaces). The outside pens had carpet mats about a foot wide and two feet long below the doggie doors

All of the dogs had long hair that was stained yellow (2.40-Vet Care). There was what appeared to be more than two weeks’ accumulation of feces, mixed with sawdust and piled up to six inches high, under the outside pens facing the direction of the house (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). The owner took two Lhasa Apso puppies that he said were about three weeks old, out of a pen. He said the pen contained three puppies.

The owner did not allow access inside this kennel. From outside the doorway, inside cages the same dimensions as the outside cages were visible. They had wire doorways, metal-beam frames connecting the pens and extending from the ceiling to the concrete flooring. The pens were raised about eight inches off of the ground, and walls and floorings were made of either white plastic or painted wood. Metal self-feeders hung on the doorways of the cages, and a variety of items were stored on the concrete flooring next to the cages, including a plastic bin full of plastic food and a water dishes, a five-gallon plastic bucket, and a plastic bin with a lid on it underneath a cage (3.1(b)-Condition and site. A sink with various bottles stored on it was at the end of the kennel opposite the doorway, directly below a light and fan set in the wall for ventilation. A window about a foot long and eight inches high was above the fan.

Second building
The second kennel building was a wooden, roofed structure about 10 feet wide, ten feet long, and about four feet high. The building was elevated on wooden stilts about a foot above a 10-foot-square slab of concrete. The concrete slab had untreated wooden boards framing it. It contained four adjacent enclosures each about five feet wide, five feet long, and four feet high.

Each enclosure had a door trimmed with painted wood and untreated-wire in its center (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures). Half of each enclosure was a painted wooden box that was accessible by a metal doggie-door. Painted wooden walls separated the pens. Paint was rubbed away on the lower section of the walls, and there was oil and feces buildup on the doggie-doors and on the walls about eight inches high (3.1(c)(2)(3)-Surfaces)

The other enclosure walls were made of untreated, thin-gauge galvanized wire (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures) or chain link. Treated wire made up the flooring of the pens. Each pen contained two adult Lhasa Apsos with long hair that was stained yellow (2.40-Vet Care). Underneath each pen was more than two weeks’ accumulation of feces, and under one pen containing Lhasa Apsos there was a pile of feces more than ten inches high (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

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