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Larry Moeller
  • Owners: Moeller, Larry
  • Address: 1494 110th St.
  • City, State Zip: Salem, IA 52649
  • Year: 2004
  • USDA License: 42-A-0889
  • USDA Inspector: John Lies, ACI
  • USDA Inspections: 12/19/04 (2.126)
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2004-09-30
Approximately 12 dogs and one puppy. Breeds: German Shepherds

Main building
The white-metal main building of Sandy Moeller’s kennel was fully enclosed and about 15 feet wide and 40 feet long. It was accessible through a door on each of its shorter sides. There were ten indoor/outdoor pens in a row on the side facing away from 110th Street, which accessed the property. Each of the outdoor pens was about four feet wide and eight feet long. They had six-foot-high chain-link walls and had a doggie door. Each housed a single adult German Shepherd weighing about 60 pounds.

The floors of the outside pens were concrete and smeared with several days’ accumulation of feces (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). There were accumulations of feces more than two inches thick in the grass just beyond the concrete flooring (3.11(c)-Housekeeping for premises).

Each outside pen contained a five-gallon plastic bucket near the chain link wall furthest from the indoor kennel wall. All of the buckets contained brown and green water so murky that visibility was obscured at least two inches down (3.10-Watering).

Metal self-feeders contained only a couple inches of food in them or no food at all (3.9(a)-Feeding). One feeder had fallen to the concrete flooring (3.9(b)-Feeding).

There were two similar pens on the short side of the building facing away from the house. One housed a single adult German Shepherd and had several days’ accumulation of feces smeared on the ground (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). There was dingy brown water in the water bucket in this pen (3.10-Watering).

A concrete slab near the corner of the building extended out from the building and separated this pen from the others. It had a sunken area two foot wide and two feet long that collected drainage from the inside pens through a floor drain in the building near that corner. This concrete draining area was filled with feces and hair and covered in dozen of flies (3.1(f)-Drainage and waste disposal).

Solitary German Shepard enclosure
A single German Shepherd was by itself in a pen adjacent to a barn furthest from the property access road. The pen was about ten feet wide and 15 feet long. The concrete flooring had two cracks running the entire length of the pen (3.1(c)(2)-Maintenance and replacement of surfaces). It was surrounded by rusty, thick-gauge wire only three feet tall (3.1(a)-Structure; construction) (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces). A wooden board about 10 feet long and 1.5 feet wide was leaning against one side of the pen (3.1(b)-Condition and site).

The German Shepherd had a rusty metal chain about 15 feet long attached to a choke collar around its neck. The other end of the chain was attached to a four-foot-tall metal pole set outside of the pen inches from one of its wire walls (3.1(a)-Structure; construction) (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces) (3.6(c)(4)-Prohibited means of primary enclosure).

The pen contained two plastic dog houses, one about 2.5 feet square and 2.5 feet high and the other an igloo-type dog house about 2.5 feet wide and high. Neither was as tall or long as the German Shepherd in the pen, and neither appeared large enough to allow the dog to turn around freely in it without rubbing up against the sides of the dog house (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements).

A football-sized chunk of concrete and a rusty metal trough 1.5 feet wide and six feet long were inside the pen leaning against the adjacent barn wall that served as one of the pen walls (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces) (3.1(b)-Condition and site).

There were four metal food and water dishes on the ground of the pen that were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (3.9(b)-Feeding). Three-foot-high weeds were growing next to the fence on two sides of the pen (3.11(c)-Housekeeping for premises).

Single pen attached to smaller barn A pen about 10 feet wide and 20 feet long had four-foot-high thick-gauge wire walls on three sides. The fourth side of the pen was a wooden barn about 10 feet wide and 10 feet long with an open doorway accessing the pen. The barn had concrete flooring and no lighting inside (3.3(c)-Lighting).

Thinner wire, two feet high, was attached to the inside of the wire walls of this pen. Weeds two to five feet high covered half of the dirt flooring of the pen (3.11(c)-Housekeeping for premises). This pen had an adult female German Shepherd with enlarged breasts.

Additional dog house
About three feet from the short wire wall of the single pen was an igloo-type dog house about three feet wide and tall with no windbreak on its entrance (3.4(b)(3)-Shelter from the elements). A 35 lb. German Shepherd puppy wearing a choke collar with a tag was chained to a corner of the wire pen described above with a ten-foot-length of chain (3.6(c)(4)-Prohibited means of primary enclosure).

There was no surrounding enclosure for the puppy (3.1(a)-Structure; construction). A plastic five-gallon water bucket just outside the pen had dark brown water (3.10-Watering).

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