Trenton, NJ 08691
Date and time of CAPS investigation: 8/6/19; 1718
Approximate number of puppies observed at time of investigation: 20
Puppies were kept in open-topped pens with plastic walls and solid floorings covered in shredded paper. There were about 18 pens total. Not all pens held puppies, and occupied pens held one to three puppies. A cage card with breeder information on it, a USDA inspection report for the breeder, and a consumer rights sign were on each occupied pen except for one holding three Dachshunds.
The owner (Caucasian male, about 52 years, 5’8″, 190 lbs with short brown hair) admitted knowing nothing specific about his breeders other than they had to be USDA-licensed. He said the dogs are kept in kennels because they are bred for a commercial purpose, and said that if the dogs are kept in “small crowded conditions” then they can’t be licensed. However, he again admitted he didn’t know the exact conditions dogs were kept in or the exact regulation the USDA has for them. He claimed Amish breeders usually aren’t licensed, and that his puppies would “definitely” not be from Amish kennels.
I asked for breeder info on the three Dachshunds, and the owner went behind a counter in an unsuccessful attempt to get it. He said that he didn[t have breeder info for the puppies yet, saying aren’t “ready yet” and so their “folder isn’t in yet,” but that I should call tomorrow for it (56:8-95 Deceptive practice; minimum standards c. (4); (6)).
The following were obtained from cage cards and USDA inspection reports on puppies’ pens at the store:
- Tammy Lansdown, 1039 Morningside Rd, Seymour, MO 65746, 43-A-1268
- Bill Kinnamon, 1150 Peter Pan Rd, Independence, KS 6730 (last number illegible on card), 48-A-2202
- Judy Gray, 107 South Street, Rothville, MO 64676, 43-A-4052
- Jesus Morfin, 657 Hwy 221 N, Berryville, AR 72616, 71-A-1152
- Dawn Coffman, Box 231, Maynard, AR 72444, 71-A-0800