Breeder: Marilyn Yoder
Kennel Name: Stony Hills Pets
Address: 8144 Spooky Hollow Rd NW
City, State, Zip: Sugarcreek, OH 44681
USDA License: none found
Date and time of CAPS investigation: 8/19/20, 1218
Weather at time of investigation: 74°F and sunny
Approximate number of dogs observed at time of investigation: three dogs
Breeds: Bichon Frise
The kennel had a building with indoor/outdoor cages visible to me on its south side. There were four treated wire cages set over five others, each cage about two feet wide, long, and tall. I saw two Bichons in one top cage, and a third in a separate, adjacent cage. The dogs would periodically step out from the cages’ indoor portions through doggie-doors, and pace or sit for several minutes in the outdoor cages before going into the indoor portions.
The kennel building was in the back yard of the property, with a barbed wire fence surrounding the yard. No exercise pen was visible in the yard, and if the dogs were to be set loose from their cages, they would have been easily able to slip through the fence. This indicates the dogs are never exercised (Ohio Code Title IX (956.031 Additional duties of high volume breeder) (O).
This breeder is an internet seller. She sells through Lancaster Puppies and Puppyfind.
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).