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Tuntland, Dereck & Sarah - Tuntland Kennels

Approximately 40 dogs. Breeds: Corgis and Labrador Retrievers

Dereck and Sarah Tuntland’s kennel consisted of three buildings with indoor/outdoor enclosures.

First building
The kennel building closest to Elmwood Ave. was about 10 feet wide and 18 feet long. It had five indoor/outdoor adjacent cages in a row on each long side. Walls and peaked roof were made of white-painted metal. Each outdoor cage was about two feet wide, three feet long, two feet high and had metal-sheeting side walls and treated-wire roof, door, and flooring. Metal doggie-doors accessed indoor cages. Each cage housed one to two adult Corgis.

These outdoor cages were raised about three feet above the concrete flooring on white metal stilts that supported a white metal frame under the cages. More than 24 hours’ accumulation of feces was piled up to four inches high in the center of the concrete area under each cage. The feces was scattered the width and length of the area (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Second building
A similar kennel building was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet long with outdoor cages of similar construction as those of the first building. These cages measured about 1.5 feet wide, three feet long, and two feet high. These units also had more than 24 hours’ accumulation of feces under them, scattered across concrete flooring (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). Large amounts of feces and hair were clinging to, and hanging down from, the wire floorings of the cages (3.1(c)(3)-Surfaces).

Third building
A similar third kennel building was about 20 feet wide and 40 feet long. It had indoor and outdoor pens joined by metal doggie doors that were covered in dirty build-up (3.1(c)(3)- Surfaces).

Each long side of this building had about eight adjacent outdoor pens with concrete flooring. These pens were about five feet wide and ten feet long with six-foot-high, rusting, thin-gauge wire walls framed by thin metal beams (3.1(c)(1)(i)-Surfaces).

Additional Info

  • Owners: Tuntland, Dereck & Sarah
  • Business name: Tuntland Kennels
  • Address: 1664 Elmwood Ave.
  • City, State Zip: Rock Rapids, IA 51246
  • Year: 2004
  • USDA License: 42-A-0929
  • USDA Inspector: Ron Beard, ACI
  • USDA Inspections: USDA Inspection: 2/10/04 (2.126)
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2004-07-15


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