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Delton Martin
  • Owners: Martin, Delton
  • Business name: Shady Maple Kennel
  • City, State Zip: Greenwich, OH 44837
  • Year: 2005
  • USDA License: 31-A-0095
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-04-01
Approximately 80 dogs and 20 puppies. Breeds: English Bulldogs, Poodles, Dachshunds, Pomeranians, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Bichon Frises, Yorkshire Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Shih Tzus, Schnauzers, Chihuahuas, Mixed breeds

This indoor facility had a room of breeder cages and a smaller room with puppy and whelping cages and storage for cleaning and medical supplies.

The vertically stacked puppy cages in the smaller room were about a foot wide, two feet long, and a foot high. The bottom cage was empty, the middle cage contained two Yorkshire Terrier puppies, and the top cage contained two Shih Tzu puppies. Each puppy was about six-weeks-old.

These puppy cages were made entirely of untreated, thin-gauge wire (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures) and each had a plastic self feeder and water spigot. Each had a plastic tray below it to catch debris and excreta, and all trays, including the one under the empty cage, had several days’ accumulation of feces, (3.11(a) Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Also in this room were four whelping enclosures in a row along one wall and two adjacent whelping enclosures along the opposite wall. They were all three feet above the floor. Each enclosure consisted of a treated-wire cage and a plastic whelping box. The cage and box of each enclosure were each 1.5 cubic feet. Each enclosure housed a nursing bitch and several puppies. One cage had a Cocker Spaniel mother about 20 inches long with several nursing puppies (3.6(c)(1)(i)(ii)-Primary enclosures), and another cage housed a Maltese mother about 16 inches long with several nursing puppies (3.6(c)(1)(i)(ii)-Primary enclosures)

The boxes were accessible by a doggie-door from its cage, and a door from the outside wall. Each cage had a plastic self feeder and water spigot. The Maltese mother’s fur was covered in thick mats (2.40-Vet Care).

The main kennel area, which had several windows, electric lighting, and concrete flooring, had three rows of cages. Each row consisted of ten cages, each about 2.5 feet wide, five feet long, and three feet high. The cages were raised about three feet above the ground on wooden frames, were made of treated wire, and had plastic self feeders and water spigots attached to the walls. There were two to three dogs per cage, with some of the dogs up to 20 inches in length (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures). Dogs of various breeds were mixed together in cages.

Cages had more than a week’s accumulation of feces under them. Wood shavings were mixed with the feces, and it appeared that shavings were thrown over old feces repeatedly so that piles more than a foot high were formed under the cages (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). Many cages had fur and excreta hanging from the wire floorings and the bottoms of the feeders (3.1(c)(3)-Surfaces).

Several Schnauzers and Maltese had large mats in their fur (2.40-Vet Care).

There were two additional pens in this room, each about four feet long and four feet wide. These pens had four-foot-high walls made of plastic sheets. Each pen had a plastic self feeder and a water spigot and housed a single English Bulldog. Floors were rubber mats raised several inches above the ground. There was about a week’s accumulation of feces on each mat (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Dozens of dog food bags were stored on wooden pallets against a wall of the kennel. More bags than were being used to feed the dogs were stored in the kennel room (3.1(e)-Storage).

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