1761 110th St.
Salem, IA 52649
CAPS investigation: 9/11/06; 10:34
On the premises at the time of investigation: 43 dogs were observed, which does not account for all of the dogs on the property at the time.
Breeds: Labrador Retrievers: German Shepherds
The main part of Jordan Kruse’s kennel was several large metal buildings with elevated wire cages inside housing Labradors and German Shepherds. Jordan Kruse only allowed me to clearly observe a row of outdoor chain-link pens next to one kennel building and a row of indoor Labrador cages.
There were four outdoor chain-link pens on concrete floorings next to a whelping building. Each pen held a single Shepherd or Labrador.
Each pen contained a wooden dog house with worn and scratched surfaces and no windbreak on the entrance (3.1(c)(2)-Surfaces); (3.4(b)(3)-Shelter from the elements). There were plastic water bowls and food dishes on the floorings; the food dishes were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (3.9(b)-Feeding).
More than a week’s accumulation of feces completely covered the floorings (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). The excrement in the pens, and that which had washed out onto the ground around the pens, attracted a large number of flies (3.11(d)-Pest control).
Indoor Labrador cages
There was a row of about 20 indoor Labrador cages. Each cage was elevated on wooden stilts and consisted of treated-wire floors and untreated-wire walls and ceilings, all framed in wood. The cages were each about five feet wide and eight feet long and had a plastic self-feeder attached to the door and a water spigot. Each cage housed two adult Labradors.
Many of the cages were so dark it was difficult to see inside them when standing immediately next to them (3.2(c) Lighting).
The ceilings, feeders, and cage doors had cobwebs and dust covering their surfaces (3.1(c)(2)-Surfaces).
More than 24 hours’ accumulation of feces was under each cage. Accumulations of feces-covered hair and cobwebs, some long enough to reach the ground three feet below, had collected under the cage floorings (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
Self-administered veterinary care
When asked if he had to have a veterinarian come out to his kennel to treat sick dogs and euthanize them, Jordan Kruse replied, “The less the vet does, the more money you’re gonna’ make. We do everything ourselves. On the Rotts and Weimeis we dock their tails, we take off their dew claws.”