On the premises at the time of investigation: approximately 50 dogs and five puppies.
I initially visited Dwayne Craig’s facility on 2/27/07. Because I observed the dogs in the kennel had no food on the 27th and many appeared emaciated, I returned on the 28th and found the same conditions.
The facility itself had an outdoor housing area with Cocker Spaniel and Boxer pens, a building with indoor/outdoor pens for Boxers, and a kennel building for small-breed dogs.
The outdoor housing had about 20 pens on concrete floorings with wire walls. The pens were arranged in two rows with a concrete walkway between them and a metal roof covering both rows. Each had a single plastic dog house, most of which measured 3.5 feet in width, height, and length. Because these pens housed two to four Cocker Spaniels – or one to two Boxers – each, the dog houses could not accommodate all of the dogs at once and allow them to turn about freely or lie in a normal manner (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements).
There were food and water dishes on the floor; some of these pens had plastic water buckets attached to the walls. The food dishes were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta or pests (3.9(b)-Feeding).
The water dishes all had only about an inch of water in them and showed a murky, brown substance accumulated at the bottom (3.10-Watering).
All of the food dishes were empty, and one Cocker Spaniel and several Boxers were clearly emaciated (3.9(a)-Feeding). Their stomachs were sucked in, and the Boxers’ ribs and spines were visible (2.40-Vet care); (OK ST T.21 – 1685 Cruelty to animals).
There was more than a week’s accumulation of feces in each pen (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
One pen housed two miniature Poodles; one had very thick, hanging mats all over its body (2.40-Vet care).
The Boxer building was a small barn with indoor/outdoor pens connected by doggie doors. Three pens housed a single Boxer, yet all of the pens had more than a week’s accumulation of feces. Two pens had feces covering the entire surface area of the outdoor flooring (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
Empty food dishes were on the outside pen floorings (3.9(a); (3.9(b)-Feeding), as were water dishes containing about an inch of murky brown water (3.10-Watering). Whelping building
The other kennel building housed whelping dogs of various breeds with their puppies and several small-breed breeders. There were several elevated indoor/outdoor enclosures connected by doggie doors. The outdoor pens were wire cages; the indoor pens were plastic boxes with wire doors and floorings. One housed a Yorkie breeder, and several others housed whelping Cocker Spaniel mothers and puppies.
The lights were off in the building, and the small amount of light from the windows did not allow viewing inside the indoor pens (3.2(c)-Lighting).
The indoor wire structures, about five total, were elevated about a foot above the floor and were arranged in two adjacent rows. Each cage was about two feet wide and high and six feet long. One housed an adult Dachshund; this pen had about a week’s accumulation of feces on the cage’s wire flooring (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
Another pen housed a Boxer puppy, about eight weeks old, whose head nearly touched the top of the cage when it stood in a normal manner (3.6(c)(1)(iii)-Primary enclosures). Another pen housed two Boxer puppies less than eight weeks old.
Water dishes containing less than a half-inch of water, and empty self-feeders, were in each cage (3.10-Watering, 3.9(a)-Feeding).
An empty cage had feces covering almost the entire wire flooring of the enclosure (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
The adult Dachshund and Boxer puppies exhibited stomachs that were sucked-in and protruding ribs, indicating they were emaciated (2.40-Vet care); (OK ST T.21 – 1685 Cruelty to animals).