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Joseph and Irene Schwartz
  • Owners: Schwartz, Joseph and Irene
  • Business name: J & I Kennels
  • City, State Zip: Fredericktown, OH 43019
  • Year: 2005
  • USDA License: 31-A-0115
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-03-31
Approximately 50 dogs and 10 puppies. Breeds: Eskimos, Spitz, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzu, Chihuahuas, Mixed-breeds

This kennel was contained in an indoor building about 30 feet wide and 40 feet long with a concrete flooring and metal siding on the walls. Access was provided by a single doorway, and several windows allowed sunlight into the kennel.

One side of the kennel had six cages set directly up against its wall, each about three feet long, two feet wide, and two feet high. The walls and roofs of the cages were made of untreated, thin-gauge metal wire (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures), with treated wire for flooring. These cages were raised about three feet above the floor on metal stilts. One cage contained a whelping Spitz mother about 18 inches long with several nursing puppies (3.6(c)(1)(i)(ii)-Primary enclosures) .

The fur on the underside of the Spitz mother was matted and stained (2.40-Vet Care). Her cage had a metal self feeder attached to one of its walls, a water dish on the floor, a plastic sheet covering a wall that adjoined an adjacent, empty cage, and a blanket that covered about half of the cage flooring. A plastic tray that was half the length of the cage was set below the cage to catch debris. Feces stains were evident on the concrete floor below the cage (3.6(c)(1)-Surfaces).

Another row of six cages was set against the same wall. Each was about 1.5 feet long, wide, and high and had untreated, thin-gauge wire walls and roofs (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures) and treated wire flooring. One of these cages housed a Shih Tzu puppy about six-weeks-old. This cage had a metal self-feeder attached to one wall and a water dish on the floor.

Another of these cages housed two Chihuahuas, each about eight inches long (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures). Several bottles of medicine were stored on top of this cage.

A third cage contained a whelping Chihuahua about eight inches long, with four Chihuahua puppies about three weeks old and about four inches long (3.6(c)(1)(i)(ii)-Primary enclosures).

There was a row of about 15 cages in the middle of the kennel. Each cage had a metal enclosure, about four feet long, two feet wide, three feet high, and a plastic box about three feet long, two feet wide, and three feet high. There were connected by doggie-doors. The cage walls and roofs were made of thick-gauge, untreated, rusting wire (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces), and the flooring was made of untreated expanded metal. Each cage contained two to four dogs of various breeds, including Eskimos, Spitz, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzu, and mixed breeds, each about 20 inches long (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures). More than a week’s accumulation of feces was below each cage (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). One of the adult Poodle’s fur was full of thick mats (2.40-Vet care).

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