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  • Owners: Vander Schaaf, Bonnie
  • Business name: Luvable Puppies Kennel
  • Address: 1924 1st St.
  • City, State Zip: Hull, IA 51239
  • Year: 2005
  • USDA License: 42-A-0541
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-07-29
  • Time of CAPS Investigation: 13:31
Breeds: Shar Peis, Maltese, Shih Tzus, Dachshunds, Pekingese

There were two kennel areas on this property, one in the owner’s garage and the other in her back yard.

Garage area kennel
The kennel in the garage included three Shar Pei puppy pens. These pens consisted of indoor and outdoor enclosures connected by doggie-doors. There were two to three puppies, eight to ten-weeks-old, per pen.

The indoor enclosures were wooden boxes with doors of untreated thin-gauge wire (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures).

The concrete floors were covered in wood chips. Metal food and water dishes on the floors were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta or pests (3.9(b)-Feeding).

The outside portion of these pens was concrete runs with wooden fences. The outdoor runs, about two feet lower than the indoor pens, were accessed by wooden steps. The floors of these outdoor enclosures were covered with more than a weeks’ accumulation of feces (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Directly next to the indoor Shar Pei pens was a pen housing an adult Shih Tzu and two puppies about five weeks old. This pen consisted of two treated wire walls set against a Shar Pei pen and a wooden wall of the garage. This enclosure created a space about 1.5 feet wide and three feet long. The adult dog was about 12 inches long from the tip of her nose to the base of her tail (3.6(c)(1)(i)(ii)-Primary enclosures). Metal food and water dishes were on the pen flooring.

Main kennel building
The main kennel building was a wooden structure with indoor chain link pens with concrete flooring. Each pen had self-feeders and water spigots. Doggie-doors allowed access to outdoor runs with chain link walls. Ms. Vander Schaaf explained that she had not been able to clean this kennel in about two months due to an injury suffered by her husband.

Three runs facing the owner’s house had dirt floorings with weeds as high as five feet (3.1(b)-Condition and site). Each pen contained two or three Dachshunds and several weeks’ accumulation of feces (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Five outdoor runs with concrete floors each held two Shar Peis. The lack of cleaning for two months resulted in fecal accumulation more than two inches thick in several places on the flooring and feces piled up higher in the corners of the pens (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). In one pen, there was only one area of concrete visible where the dogs had walked in circles around the feces.

Weeds several feet high were growing next to the cages just beyond the owner’s property. The weeds had grown through the fencing into the cages (3.1(b)-Condition and site) (3.11(c)-Housekeeping for premises).

Five other outdoor pens had dirt and concrete floorings One held three Shar Pei puppies that were several months old; another held four Maltese; the third had two Shih Tzu; the fourth housed a Shih Tzu and Pekingese; and the fifth had two Yorkshire Terriers. Weeds up to a foot high were growing in the pens. Floorings were covered with weeks’ accumulation of excrement (3.1(b)-Condition and site); (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

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