Breeder: Debra Lott
Kennel Name: Lotts of Puppies Kennel aka Lott Kennel
Address: 5310 CR 1101
City, State, Zip: Celeste, TX 75423
USDA License: none found
Date and time of CAPS investigation: 10/23/20, 1416
Weather at time of investigation: 52°F and overcast
Approximate number of dogs and puppies observed at time of investigation: 15 dogs
Breeds: Miniature Poodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese, Bichons, Pomeranians, Miniature Schnauzers, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terriers
I observed one kennel building on the east side of the property, visible from CR 1101. The building had 20 elevated indoor/outdoor cages, made of treated wire, on the building’s east side. 10 cages were set over another 10, with a sheet under the upper row to catch debris. Doggie-doors allowed access to the indoor portions of the cages.
The outside of outer cages had wire doors on them, and most cages had between 10-50% of the wire treatment coating on the doors worn off. The outer walls also had treatment coating worn away from the wire walls themselves in places (91.100 (3) (B) Maintenance and replacement of surfaces). There were one to two dogs per cage, though dogs came in and out of cages and I did not see dogs in every cage while observing the kennel. Several dogs were pacing and circling their cages continuously at several points, including an apricot Miniature Poodle that walked in circles in a cage for about seconds straight on two different occasions and a Cavalier that walked in circles and paced back in a cage for a full minute before going through a doggie-door. Such behavior stems from continual confinement and a lack of enrichment and exercise (91.106 Standards of Care-Exercise for Dogs).
This breeder is an internet seller. She sells on puppyfind.com under the name Lott Kennel and on her website under https://www.lottsofpuppies.com/. Debra Lott identifies herself as the owner of the kennel on the website.
The Animal Welfare Act sets general standards for humane care and treatment of animals who are sold sight unseen (internet sales). Breeders – those with at least five breeding females – who are selling online must have a federal license (2.1 (a) Requirements and application).