No one was home at the residence, but several large kennel buildings were present in the wooded yard behind the house. Because there were “no trespassing” signs posted, we investigated the kennels and the numerous dogs they housed.
The first building was on the right-hand side of the property just outside the wooded area. It was a large wooden structure, approximately ten feet wide and 30 to 40 feet long, with wire cages and white siding. The flooring of this building was made of wooden slats. The building was divided into ten to 12 individual cages, each housing two or three dogs of various breeds, including two Shar Peis and numerous Cocker Spaniels.
One cage also housed a Bichon and what appeared to be a Springer Spaniel. The building contained approximately 20 dogs in cages that were about six feet long, two feet wide, and six feet high. These cagese had plastic feeding bins and water bowls, most of which were chewed up and empty or filled with dirty water (3.10-Watering).
Directly across from building #1 stood another kennel structure that was approximately ten feet wide and 30 feet long, with approximately ten cages housing numerous King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. The flooring of this unit also was made of wooden slats that were three to four inches wide and spaced one to two inches apart. These cages contained red plastic feeding bins and chewed or empty water dishes (3.10-Watering). The dogs in this kennel, housed two to three per cage, appeared to be mostly female, and many were pregnant.
At the end of buildings #1 and #2 stood a wooden kennel elevated approximately two feet above the ground. This cage was about two feet wide, two feet high, and four feet long. The cage had wire floors and two small holes cut into a wooden shelter made at the back. No dogs were in this kennel.
The fourth building stood directly next to building #3; and both buildings faced a different direction than buildings #1 and #2. This fourth unit was divided into two cages, with two Jack Russell Terriers in one side and one Jack Russell Terrier in the other. The building stood approximately six feet wide, five feet long, and five feet high. Wooden boxes for shelter were at the rear of each cage; each box had a small hole cut in it for the dogs to enter and exit through. No feeder bins were present in either of these two cages, although there was an empty, dirty plastic bowl that had been chewed in one cage, along with a bowl of water so dirty it had turned green with algae (3.10-Watering).
The fifth building on the property also housed four to five Jack Russell Terriers and stood approximately five feet high, eight feet long, and five feet wide. The flooring of this building was made of wire, and there were only two small wooden boxes for shelter provided for all the dogs in this kennel (3.6(a)(2)(vii)-Primary Enclosures).
Building #6: The sixth unit on the property housing dogs was a fenced-off pen that contained two Bulldogs, presumably one male and one female. Several wooden tree limbs were stuck into the ground and wire fencing was attached to them to create a pen approximately 20 to 25 feet long and 5 feet wide. The dogs in this kennel had a large trough to drink from, though the water appeared very dirty (3.10-Watering).
There was also a five-gallon bucket in the corner of the pen filled with water that had not been changed in so long that it had turned green with algae (3.10-Watering).
The only shelter provided for these dogs was two large metal barrels tipped on their sides and propped with pieces of wood so that they would not roll (3.6(a)(1)-Primary Enclosures).
The seventh building on the property that investigators could see was a large kennel housing numerous Pugs. Investigators counted between 20 and 23 dogs here. The building itself was a large, shed-like structure on the far edge of the property at the top of a hill away from the other kennels.
This building had a row of cages on the outside where the Pugs were housed. These cages were approximately two feet wide, two feet high, and three feet long. The flooring in each cage was wire, and each had a small metal doggy door that allowed the Pugs to access the inside portion of the cage. Each cage housed two or three Pugs colored fawn, black, and brindle. One fawn-colored Pug, that was so old it couldn’t stand up, appeared to be pregnant.
Each cage contained a red plastic feeder bin and a water bowl, although most were tipped upside down or on their sides (3.10-Watering).
The side of this building had a screened door; through it investigators could only see several King Charles Cavalier Spaniels in pens on the other side of the kennel building. The barking of small dogs could be heard, but none could be seen, leading investigators to believe this particular section of the building might have been used as a whelping kennel since young puppies were not seen anywhere else on the premises.