Breeder: Yoder, Aden
City, State Zip: Baltic, OH 43804
Year: 2005
USDA License: Unlicensed
Date of CAPS Investigation: 2005-04-08

Approximately 12 dogs and no puppies. Breeds: Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas, Toy Fox Terriers

Aden Yoder’s kennel was a small barn about six feet wide and six feet long. It had a single doorway and two rows of indoor/outdoor cages. Each indoor and outdoor cage was about two feet wide, about a foot long, and about a foot high and made of treated wire. Metal doggie-doors allowed access from the indoor to the outdoor cages. The dogs inside the cages were each about eight to ten inches long. Two cages each contained one dog, while six cages each contained two dogs (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures).

The bottom cages were raised about two feet above the ground, with the top cages about six inches above them. A plastic sheet was set below the inside and outside rows of top cages to catch excrement. There was a massive accumulation of fecal matter below each row of outdoor cages (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). A plastic board below the top cages was sagging in the middle from the weight of the feces on it (3.1(c)(3)-Maintenance and replacement of surfaces) (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

Inside the barn, there was a strong odor of excrement. Beneath the bottom cages was about a day’s accumulation of feces mixed with wood chips. Dark fecal stains were embedded into the wooden flooring below the cages.

The inside cages had plastic self-feeders attached to the cage walls and water spigots were directed into the cages themselves from piping that ran along the kennel walls. The walls inside the kennel were made of plastic sheeting, and below the cages these walls were covered in fecal stains (3.1(c)(2)-Maintenance and replacement of surfaces) (3.11(c)(3)-Cleaning)

Whelping pens
In addition, there were two whelping pens along a wall inside the barn, one pen positioned about two feet above the floor and the other positioned about six inches above it. Each pen consisted of a whelping box about a foot wide, two feet long, and a foot high, surrounded by caging. A doorway provided access to the cage. One pen contained a Toy Fox Terrier, and the other had a Chihuahua.

Similar to the cages previously described, the top whelping pen had a plastic sheet below it to catch feces, and the bottom pen had about a day’s accumulation of feces, mixed with wood chips, on the floor below it (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). Fecal stains covered the wooden floor below the bottom whelping pen. These pens also had water spigots and plastic self-feeders attached to the walls.

Yoder’s kennel, about 80 feet from Township Road 117, is visible from the road itself, as are its west-facing outside cages. He told the investigator on 4/8/05 that he had been in business for “exactly a year” and that he sells to the pet store Pet Pajamas.

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