Breeder: Melanie and Mike Moore
Business name: MAM Kennel
Address: 137 South KK Hwy
City, State Zip: Lamar, MO 64759
USDA License: 43-A-5625
Date of CAPS Investigation: 04/22/15
Prior CAPS Investivations: 2013
Note: Previous USDA Number: 43-A-2223
CAPS investigation: 04/22/15; kennel visited at 15:33
Weather at the time of investigation: 61 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny
Breeds: Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Miniature Poodles, Schnauzers, Australian Shepherds
Approximate number of dogs observed at the time of investigation: 200 dogs
The Moores’ kennel is located behind (west of) their house and consists of several kennel buildings set between other buildings. I was not allowed full access to the kennel, and I did not observe any whelping barns. Two workers were at the kennel when I arrived, and one allowed me partial access to the kennel. The worker told me there were about 200 breeding dogs at the facility.
There were five rows of elevated, large-dog runs made of chain link, wrapped by tarps, and having tarps that could be raised and lowered at the front of the runs. The runs had treated-wire floorings and plastic sheeting underneath for catching debris; they appeared to have two large dogs of various breeds per run. Dog houses were attached to the backs of the runs. Each run had a metal self-feeder and metal water bucket attached to the front door.
The rows of large-dog runs were arranged with four set one behind another, and a fifth set north of the other rows. There appeared to be two more rows of large-dog runs of the same design nearby to the north; however, I did not observe them closely and my line of sight to them was blocked by another kennel structure and farm equipment.
Several self-feeders were rusted at their bottoms, and about a dozen that had strips of black tape covering and peeling off from the bottom of the feeder. A feeder in a dog run in the row closest to the Moore’s residence was severely rusted (Sec 3.1 Housing Facilities, General (c) Surfaces (1) General requirements); the bottom of this feeder was broken and had an area about two inches long and an inch wide through which I could see feed pellets on the verge of falling out. A piece of black tape was set underneath the feeder from one end to the other, but it was sagging about two inches below the hole in the feeder. The jagged metal around the hole could be accessed by the dogs’ mouths or paws if they reached deep enough into the feeder for food pellets (Sec 3.1 Housing Facilities, General (c) Surfaces (1) General requirements (ii) Be free of jagged edges or sharp points).
Nearby was a Sundowner-type kennel with two rows of eight outdoor/outdoor cages on each of two sides, one row stacked on top of another. The treated-wire outdoor cages each contained about two dogs of various small breeds.