Watch CAPS Newest PSA:
Adopt, Don't Shop
Learn More »
Leave a Legacy
of Love for Dogs
like Beatrice!
Find Out How »
They Have New
Homes Thanks to
Donors like You!
Donate Now »
Models Against Pet Shops
and Puppy Mills
View Ad Campaign »
Meet CAPS Founder
Deborah Howard
About »
CAPS vs. Bauck
How a Small Nonprofit
Brought down
a Large Puppy Mill
See Story »
Learn about Our Latest
Pet Shop Protest
View Campaign »
Read about Our Latest
Efforts & Accomplishments
Learn More »
Would You Buy a Puppy
Bred in These Conditions?
Learn More »

Investigations

View CAPS undercover investigation reports and videos of puppy mills and pet shops.

Reports / Videos

Models & CAPS

What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

View the Slideshow

Listen to the PSA

Listen to Deborah Howard's Radio PSA

  • Owners: Vande Weerd, Tom and Jody
  • Business name: Riverside Kennels
  • Address: 3125 200th St.
  • City, State Zip: Rock Rapids, IA 51246
  • Year: 2005
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-07-25
  • Time of CAPS Investigation: 12:11
Breeds: Corgis, Miniature Pinschers, Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Papillons

There were about 80 dogs and at least two puppies at the kennel at the time of investigation.

There were two kennel areas on the property. The one closest to the owners’ house was a series of enclosures with indoor pens and outdoor runs connected by metal doggie-doors. The outdoor runs had concrete floors and chain link walls. Two pens each held a single Labrador, one pen held two Cocker Spaniels, and another held four Cocker Spaniels. There were two Corgis in a fourth pen, and three Corgis in the fifth pen.

There were several days’ accumulation of feces in the pens, most of it amassed in the corners (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). Weeks’ accumulation of feces was built up outside the concrete slabs (3.1(f)-Drainage and waste disposal).

Each pen contained a plastic water bucket; one was tipped over (3.10-Watering).

The chain link had separated from its metal post at the top of one of the walls in a Cocker Spaniel pen and at the bottom of a wall in a Corgi pen, leaving sharp wire ends exposed (3.1(a)-Structure; construction). In the Corgi pen, these wire ends protruded into the kennel (3.1(c)(1)(ii)-Surfaces).

This particular Corgi pen was on the corner of the kennel building, and instead of having an indoor enclosure that was part of the building like the other pens, the three Corgis had a single dog house with a metal doggie-door attached to it.

Second kennel area
The other kennel structure was a metal building with about ten whelping cages along one side and another ten enclosures with indoor/outdoor cages on the opposite side. There were two to four dogs per cage.

All of the cages were raised about four feet above the ground. They had wire walls, tops, and floorings and were framed at the corners with plastic beams. Each had a plastic self-feeder attached to the cage wall. The concrete floor had fecal accumulation (3.11-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Supplies such as dog carriers and plastic dishes were stored on top of some of the cages (3.1(b)-Condition and site). Old food bags, crates, and cleaning supplies were piled up in the middle of the kennel room (3.1(b)-Condition and site).

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

CAPS Blog

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