Breeder: Leann Terrill
Kennel name: Morningside Kennel
Address: 136 Morningside Rd
City, State, Zip: Seymour, MO 65746
USDA License: 43-A-6155
Date and time of CAPS investigation: 8/24/20, 0737
Weather at time of investigation: 69°F and sunny
Approximate number of dogs and puppies observed at time of investigation: seven dogs, eight puppies
Breeds: Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Shih Tzu, Miniature Pinschers
The kennel had three sections on the southeast end of the property. There was a sundowner-type kennel with 12 treated wire indoor/outdoor cages each on the building’s north and south side, arranged with six set over another six. Cages were separated by doggie-doors and plastic sheets were under cages to catch debris, and each cage was about 2.5 feet wide and long, and two feet tall. South and west of the building were outdoor pens. Each area of pens had two rows of pens set across from each other, with about six pens per row. The pens had wire walls, and a metal roof covered them about six feet above them, with metal walls on the rows’ east and west sides but the north and south sides to the rows left open.
I did not see the northern side of the sundowner building, but on the southern side I saw a single dog go into the outdoor cages in almost all of the cages, with most being small breed dogs. An exception was a bottom cage had a dog that, from the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the dog’s tail, appeared to be just a few inches shorter than the cage (3.6 – Primary enclosures (c)(1) Space (i)). The dog had hair about three inches long, a long tail and snout, though I couldn’t identify the breed. A top cage had a dachshund that appeared to be pregnant, with a swollen abdomen. Another top cage had a grown Shih Tzu and two puppies, which appeared to nurse on the dog while sitting on the cage wire at one point. I also saw one of the Shih Tzu puppies chewing on the treated wire frame of the outdoor cage for several minutes.
All of the cages had their eastern walls bent with their centers pushed several inches to the east, and I saw dogs jumping up against those walls on several occasions when I could hear activity on a neighboring property in that direction. The walls were bent far enough that a dog that appeared to be a miniature pinscher had her head resting in the bent section of her eastern wall as she had on the ground. Cage ceilings of some cages were also bent in places, with the cage wire a couple inches higher or lower than they should be (3.1 – Housing facilities, general (1) Structure; construction).
The west end of the building had three dog crates within about three feet of it, one staked on another. An open-topped trash can was within a couple feet of the crates (3.1 – Housing facilities, general (b) Condition and site.)
I couldn’t see in all of the pens on the ground, but I saw that the western pen area had a southern pen containing what appeared to be five dogs small enough to be puppies. Most of the barking I heard from the property came from the sundowner building, indicating the ground pens were not all full.
Breeder is connected to the following store:
- Quality Doggies Inc, Miami, FL (store visit 2/12/18)