There were 22 dogs and 8 puppies at the kennel at the time of investigation.Kennel description
The kennel was divided into three main sections, a woman who identified herself as a daughter of the kennel owner (Caucasian female, about 25 years old, 120 lbs, long blonde hair, glasses, appeared to be dressed as a Mennonite), said that the kennel was used for breeding and boarding. The horse stable was used to hold horses and dogs in one kennel area; another section was a series of outdoor pens on the opposite side of the stable as the house; and the third area was a row of outdoor pens and elevated cages behind a row of buildings near the house and hidden from view from the house and stables.
The stable building had three German Shepherds in one horse stall and two Shepherd puppies in another stall. Both stalls had no food in them and dirty, brown water in their water dishes. Fecal matter was smashed into straw and wood shavings on the floor, though it appeared that weeks of feces was piled on top of the straw of the puppy pen, much of it mashed into the corners of the pens and smeared onto the walls (PA Dog Law 21.29(a) and(c)(1)-Sanitation) (21.28(d)-Bedding). The Shepherd puppies were each about five months old, and their pen was in almost total darkness (21.27(2)-Lighting). A metal gate was inside the puppies’ stall, with thick cobwebs built up on its top surface (21.29(c)-Sanitation). In addition, the surfaces of a plastic doghouse and a large metal feeder on the ground of the stall were covered in fecal stains (21.29(c)(1)-Sanitation) (21.28(c)-Food). The food dish was clearly not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (21.28(c)-Food).
There was an elevated wire cage with an attached wooden hutch used to house six Standard Poodle puppies in the horse barn next to a stall. The puppies had no food, and one of their water dishes had a brown residue covering its surfaces (21.28(a)-Food) (21.28(c)-Water). Several days of feces was piled up on top of wood shavings under the cage (21.29(a)-Sanitation).
On the side of the barn opposite the puppy cage was a chain link pen set on the barn flooring which held a single adult Shepherd. The dog had food in a dish set on its flooring and a water dish containing brown water next to it (21.28(a)-Water). Over 24 hours of feces was in the pen, mixed with straw and wood shavings (21.29(a) and (c)(1)-Sanitation) (21.28(d)-Bedding).
A row of chain link pens was near the stable on its side opposite the house on the property. There were five pens, four on concrete slabs and the fifth on dirt. Three pens each held a single German Shepherd, while the other two each held two Shepherds, including the one with the dirt flooring.
Each pen contained a plastic or wooden dog pen, all without windbreaks (21.24(b)(6)(iii)-Shelter). The dirt pen had a plastic doghouse in it about 3.5 feet long and 2.5 feet wide and tall. The doghouse was not large enough for both dogs to stand in at once or lay in without being on top of each other (21.24(b)(1)- Shelter).
None of the pens had any food in them, and plastic water buckets in each were filled with dingy brown and green water (21.28(a) Food) (21.28(a)-Water). Chain link wiring was broken into sharp points next to the water bucket of one pen containing two dogs, and the hole was repaired with rusting chain (21.21(a)-Dog quarters). Over 24 hours of feces was in each pen (21.29(a)-Sanitation).
Several cages stood by themselves near the horse stable. One was a chain link pen with concrete flooring containing a single Bernese Mountain Dog. The pen contained a wooden doghouse lacking a windbreak and over 24 hours of feces, most of it accumulated in the back of the pen (21.24(b)(6)(iii)-Shelter (21.29(a)-Sanitation). The concrete slab the pen extended about four feet beyond the front of the pen where it was partially covered in standing brown water discolored from excrement (21.24(b)(10) -Shelter).
Several other cages were near the Bernese pen. Two were abandoned, elevated cages with mounds of feces piled under them (21.24(b)(10- Shelter). Next to it was another elevated cage containing a German Shepherd puppy about six months old. The cage was attached to a wooden box at its rear and had two water dishes but no food inside (21.28(a)-Food). Feces were smashed into the pen flooring and over a week of feces were piled underneath the cage (21.29(a)-Sanitation). A chain link wire pen with dirt flooring that held two German Shepherds was close to the puppy cage. There was no food in the pen, but I did see two plastic buckets filled with dirty water set next to a chain link wall (21.28(a)-Food) (21.28(a)-Water).
The largest kennel area was not visible from the house or driveway on the property. It was a series of several outdoor enclosures containing dogs of various breeds. One was a chain link pen on dirt ground that held two German Shepherds and a wooden doghouse. There was no food in the pen but there were several water buckets containing brown and green, murky water (PA Dog Law: 21.28(a)-Water).
An elevated outdoor cage holding a Pomeranian and a Miniature Pinscher were near the Shepherd pen with dirt flooring. About a dozen outdoor pens with chain link walls and concrete floorings were next to the elevated cage. Near them was a row of chain link pens with concrete floorings and wooden doghouses, each holding two Standard Poodles. Several days of feces were smashed onto the pen floorings, and all of the dogs’ water buckets contained brown and green water (21.29(a)-Sanitation (21.28(a)-Water).
Several elevated wire cages attached to wooden doghouses were near the ground pens. One held a single Standard Poodle with over 24 hours of feces mashed into the wire flooring of its cage (21.29(a)- Sanitation). Two other cages each held two Standard Poodles.
Immediately after viewing Kauffman Kennels in Chester County, I contacted Denise Dougherty with the PA Dog Law Bureau, telling her that I witnessed what I believed to be a case of animal neglect at Kauffman Kennels. I also said that it was apparent that the kennel is still operating despite the fact that they are listed by the PA Department of Agriculture as being voluntarily closed.
Denise immediately gave me contact information for Maurine Siddons, a Dog Warden in Chester County – 610-909-5666. I left a message for Maurine on 10/24/07 explaining what I had viewed at Kauffman Kennels. On the night of 10/24/07, I e-mailed a short report to her, which is not edited to the current report noting all PA Dog Law violations evident at the time I was at the kennel. In the report to Siddons, I did not cite violations but merely described the conditions I saw, most notably the two German Shepherd puppies on weeks of feces and in a dark horse stall, dogs without food, dirty water buckets, and Poodle cages with feces piled on their floorings.
On 10/26/07 I called Siddons again, who told me that she had already been to Kauffman Kennels and had instructed the kennel owners to give away their dogs. She did not specify where the dogs went. I spoke to Siddons in person at about 8:30 am on 11/1/07 in Harrisburg, PA, where she again commented that Kauffman Kennels had given away their dogs to get them off of the property.
On 11/3/07 I drove by Kauffman Kennels and took several photographs. The kennel area at the rear of the property that used to hold two German Shepherds, several Standard Poodles, and a Miniature Pinscher and Pomeranian appeared to be empty. However, a row of outdoor German Shepherd chain link runs, a Bernese Mountain dog run, and an elevated cage behind the horse stable all appeared to still hold dogs.
Dateline Investigation of Commercial Dog Breeding System
It's a multi-million dollar industry. Learn the truth behind the lovable dogs seen in the pet shop.
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2012/10/making-history-in-illinoisvilla-park.html#.UHyK1ml24VI
History was made this Fall in Illinois. Villa Park became the first town in the state to pass an ordinance banning most sales of dogs and cats within its borders. Villa Park may be the first, but there are many towns now considering a ban as well. Pet shops will undoubtedly find it more difficult to open new stores, expand to new towns, perhaps even to remain in the buildings they already occupy. For the sake of puppy mill dogs (and all pets for that matter) - the time has come.
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/bishop-puppy-mill-situation-is-intolerable
U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, said the puppy mill situation in the United States is "intolerable" and promised to look into it further.
A question about puppy mills was asked during a Wednesday night meeting of the puppy mill situation.
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/what-do-you-think-can-be-done-to-stop-puppy-mills
For months, tempers have been flaring as protestors gather on Route 25 in Aquebogue outside The Puppy Experience to raise awareness about puppy mills.
One week, police were called to the scene after some said demonstrators should not be parking in the Aquebogue Elementary School lot.
Villa Park Ordinance
AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF VILLA PARK, DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTABLISHING LICENSE AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PET SHOPS AND KENNELS
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It would be wonderful if everyone could send a thank you to the council members below!
Villa Park board passes ordinance regulating pet shops and kennels
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Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/puppy-experience-owner-lawsuit-coming
After months of protesters gathering outside The Puppy Experience on Route 25 in Aquebogue, the matter could soon be before a judge.
Scott Kaphan, owner of the Puppy Experience, said Wednesday that information has been gathered, and is still being collected, and a "suit is coming."
Publication name: Northfork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/protestors-mark-national-puppy-mill-awareness-month
September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and the protestors who have been gathering outside the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness plan to be out again on both Saturday and Sunday.
For months, protestors have gathered on Route 25 to educate about puppy mills, holding signs stating that many pet stores purchase dogs from puppy mills.
LANSING, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is hosting a “Pups Parade” to promote legislation to enact standards for large-scale dog breeding facilities in Michigan. The parade will be at the Michigan Capitol Building, 100 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing, on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Michiganders care about dogs and want to prevent puppy mills from coming to our state,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. “We’ve all seen how easily large-scale breeding can spiral out of control, like the recent case in Allegan County.” In April of 2012, Allegan County officials removed more than 350 small dogs living in deplorable conditions from a breeding facility in Cheshire Township.
Dogs and dog advocates will conduct a sidewalk parade at the Michigan State Capitol and will ask lawmakers to pass two important pieces of humane legislation: The Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) to protect families who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores, and the Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan.
The “Pups Parade” will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will circle the Capitol square. At 2:30 pm, guest speakers will address the public, including Michigan Humane Society’s Linda Reider, Ingham County Animal Control director Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Representatives Vicki Barnett and Joan Bauer, author Marcia Fishman and her puppy mill survivor dog Rudolph, and Puppy Mill Awareness founder Pam Sordyl.
“We have no tolerance for animals suffering in large-scale kennels in Ingham County,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control. “We invite the public to visit their local shelters and save a life instead.”
Organizations and businesses co-hosting the event include Capital Area Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelle’s Pet Station, Animal Placement Bureau, and Voiceless-MI.
For more info, visit http://michiganpuppymills.yolasite.com/pupsparade.php
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/puppy-experience-owner-speaks-out-about-protests
After weeks of silence, the owner of the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue has come forward to blast the protestors who have been picketing outside his store for months -- and to set the record straight.
"I'm all about the truth," said Scott Kaphan, who owns The Puppy Experience.