Breeder: Butler, Maureen
Business name: PugPekinPoo-Tzu
Address: 3101 US 160
City, State Zip: West Plains, MO 65775
USDA License: 43-A-5702
Date of CAPS Investigation: 2013-07-10
The weather at the time of investigation: 84 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny.
Breeds: Pomeranian, Great Dane, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and others
There were approximately 100 dogs on the premises at the time of investigation.
Maureen Butler brought dogs and puppies out for me to see. The first puppy she showed me was a black pom/chi, 12-week-old male puppy with a retained testicle. Maureen stated she wanted $400.00 for him. When I asked, at 9:30 am, to see the parents of this puppy, she said her “cleaning lady” had not yet been there for the day.
When I said I didn’t want to pay that much, Maureen told me about a puppy that had been born on a “cold day” in May, to a mother Pekingese that had born two puppies–one dead and one barely alive. Maureen stated she brought the surviving puppy inside, cleaned it, and warmed it. She said the puppy’s toes and one paw had crumbled off two days later from frost bite. (Sec. 2.40 Attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care (b) (3) adequate vet care and observation. (Sec 3.4 Outdoor housing facilities (b)(1)(2) Shelter from the elements). Maureen first stated she wanted to give the puppy to a rescue. When I showed interest in this puppy, she lowered her asking price to $300.00. I offered $100.00, which Maureen did not accept.
The undercover footage shot during this visit shows Maureen telling the story about this puppy, along with information she provided me about the “Broker” and ‘Transporter” that she uses. The video also shows Maureen stating that she keeps her dogs in small metal wire kennels because of fleas.