• Owners: Tschetter, Deb and Wayne
  • Address: 40361 210th St.
  • City, State Zip: Huron, SD 57350
  • Year: 2005
  • USDA License: Unlicensed
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-06-17
Breeds: Labrador Retrievers, Shelties, German Short Haired Pointers

There were 16 dogs and five puppies at the kennel at the time of investigation, including what appeared to be seven breeding pairs. Deb Tschetter told me while I was observing her kennel that she realized she had more than three breeding pairs, and that she lacks a USDA license.

The Tschetter’s kennel was an outdoor facility that consisted of a concrete slab underneath two rows of pens. One row was made of four chain link pens set adjacent to each other; the other row had three chain link pens set next to a pen made of thick-gauge galvanized wire. Each of the chain link pens contained either two Shelties or two Labrador Retrievers. The remaining galvanized wire pen contained a single German Short-haired Pointer.

The Pointer’s pen had a galvanized wire roof covering it with plastic mesh thrown over it. The wire had several sharp points sticking into the pen (3.1(c)(1)(ii)-Surfaces). A bale of metal wire was stored on top of the Pointer’s roof (3.1(b)-Condition and site).

There was over a week’s worth of fecal accumulation in each pen (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures), which was smeared all over the floorings and dog houses (3.1(c)(3)-Surfaces). The fecal matter was particularly built up around the edges of the pen floorings and underneath the dog houses. Flies were swarming around every pen in the kennel (3.11(d)-Pest Control).

The concrete walkway that separated the two rows of pens was also covered in a layer of dried feces (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Each pen contained a plastic dog shelter which was either a barrel or dog house. Both lacked windbreaks (3.4(b)(3)-Shelter from the elements) and were not large enough for two dogs to fit in at once and lie in a normal manner or turn about freely (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements).

Plastic and metal food and water dishes were placed on the pen floorings, and the food dishes were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (3.9(b)-Feeding). Mrs. Tschetter mentioned to me while I was walking through the kennel with her, “I fed ‘em yesterday like I said, so that’s why they don’t have a lot of food.” The food dishes in the pens were either empty or contained very little food (3.9(a)-Feeding). The water bucket in the Pointer’s pen was filled with green algae water (3.10-Watering).

A nursing Sheltie mother and five one-week-old puppies were inside the Tschetter’s living room.

Bea's Beat

Blog with CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice, a puppy mill survivor and vegan advocate.

Blog with Beatrice!

Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard

Learn more about Deborah Howard, president and founder of Companion Animal Protection Society.

Meet Deborah


Keep up-to-date about CAPS and read about issues affecting companion animals, especially those suffering in pet shops and puppy mills.

Visit CAPS Blog

Contact Us

Contact CAPS

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
759 CJC Hwy., #332
Cohasset, MA 02025
p: 339-309-0272
501 (c)(3) Tax ID#: 58-2040413

Contact by Webform

Class Action Lawsuits

scales of justice

If you purchased a sick or dying puppy from Barkworks or Happiness is Pets, you may be able to join consumer class action lawsuits. The first step is to fill out the CAPS complaint form.

Read more about Happiness is Pets or Barkworks.

CAPS Complaint Form