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Naomi and Myron Yoder
  • Owners: Yoder, Naomi and Myron
  • Business name: Redoy Kennel
  • City, State Zip: Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Year: 2005
  • Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-03-03
Approximately 34 dogs. Breeds: Pomeranians, Shih Tzu, Bichon Frises, St. Bernards, Standard Poodles, Pug First kennel building Two of the kennel areas of this facility had indoor/outdoor pens connected by a metal doggy door. The first kennel building was about 15 feet long and eight feet wide, with wooden walls and a shingled, peaked roof. Each long side of this building had six outdoor cages in a row that were raised about a foot above the ground on PVC pipes. PVC piping framed the bottom of these outdoor cages, and walls were made of treated thin-gauge wire.. Each cage was about two feet long, three feet wide, and two feet high and housed two dogs of various breeds, including Pomeranians, Shih Tzu, and Bichon Frises. Plastic sheeting placed underneath each cage to catch feces and debris was angled sharply to about six inches above the ground. These, sheets were feces-stained (3.1(c)(1)-Housing facilities, general – Surfaces). Outdoor pens Within 15 feet of the first kennel building and in the opposite direction of the Yoder house was a row of three outdoor pens in a row. Each pen was about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. They had five-foot-tall chain link walls reinforced with wooden beams. Snow covered the ground in these pens, and several trees with thin trunks were growing in them. The pen closest to the kennel building housed two adult Poodles and an adult Labrador. This pen contained two, blue plastic barrels each about 3.5 feet long and two feet wide and a wooden dog house about three feet long, 2.5 feet wide, and three feet high.. None of these enclosures had windbreaks (3.4(b)(3)-Shelter from the elements). The barrels were not large enough for one of these dogs to occupy or lie in a normal manner or turn about freely (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements). The adjacent pen, housing two adult St. Bernard dogs contained a plastic dog house measuring about 3.5 feet long, three feet wide and 3.5 feet high. This dog house had no windbreak on its entrance (3.4(b)(3)-Shelter from the elements) and was not large enough for both of the dogs to occupy at once and lie in a normal manner or turn about freely (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements). The third outdoor pen, housing two adult Poodles and one St. Bernard, contained a similar dog house (same size with no windbreak on its entrance). Again, the dog house was not large enough for all of the dogs in the pen to occupy at once and lie in a normal manner or turn about freely. Each of these pens contained a plastic self feeder attached to a chain link wall, and a plastic, five-gallon bucket for water placed near the self feeder. The self feeder, positioned within about four inches of the ground, was not placed in a manner so as to minimize contamination by excreta or pests (3.9(b)-Feeding). Second kennel building Within 15 feet of the last outdoor pen was another kennel structure. This building contained four, indoor/outdoor pens in a row. The outdoor cages, raised about 1.5 feet above the ground with wooden stilts, were constructed with wooden beams at their corners, untreated, thin-gauge, rusting wire walls and roofs (3.6(a)(2)(xii)-Primary enclosures), and treated thin-gauge wire floorings. One cage housing an adult Pug was about three feet long, wide, and high. Broken pieces of wire protruded into this cage (3.6(a)(2)(i)-Primary enclosures). A wooden box in this cage was about two feet long and three feet wide and tall. Next to the Pug’s cage was a cage housing an adult St. Bernard weighing about 65 pounds. This cage was about four feet by three feet and contained a wooden box about two feet long, four feet wide, and three feet high (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Space). The other two cages in this group, similar in size to the one containing the Pug, were unoccupied. There were no windbreaks on the boxes in these pens (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements). The wooden beams on these cages had peeling-paint surfaces (3.1(c)(2)- Surfaces) The occupied cages had plastic food dishes on the floor that were not placed so as to minimize contamination by excreta (3.9(b)-Feeding). The Pug’s cage had a metal water dish, and the St. Bernard’s cage had a gallon-sized plastic water bucket; both were filled with solid ice (3.10-Watering). The front walls of the box enclosures in the occupied cages were covered in feces stains and dirt build-up (3.1(c)(3)-Surfaces). There was several days’ accumulation of feces under these cages (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

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