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Mel Rene Kennel

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Mel-Rene Kennel
  • Business name: Mel-Rene Kennel
  • Address: 460 Beaver Run Rd
  • City, State Zip: Mifflinburg, PA 17844
  • Year: 2007
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2007-10-29
  • Time of CAPS Investigation: 15:46
  • Note: Pennsylvania kennel class: K3


Breeds: Labradors, Pugs, Beagles

There were about six dogs and 10 puppies in the kennel at the time of investigation.

Small kennel
The kennel was a small metal barn with several elevated indoor/outdoor enclosures on two sides, containing Labrador, Pugs, and Beagles. The outdoor sections of the enclosures were wire cages, while the indoor parts were wooden boxes with hinged compartments on their roofs to access them.

Pug with overgrown toenails
The owner of the kennel walked me inside and opened up several boxes for me to view a Labrador mother and her puppies, and I saw a Pug breeder stick its head out of its compartment next to me. The front toenails of the Pug were all so long they were curling into the dog’s paw pads (PA Dog Law: 21.30 Condition of dog).

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