May 15 2013
100 Puppy mills made the list of the worst puppy mills in the nation, and 23 were from the state of Missouri. Here, more than anywhere, it is important we share this information! Missouri is the WORST PUPPY MILL STATE !!! Please don’t add to the problem by buying your next pet at a pet store. Be part of the solution: Adopt. Foster. Donate. Educate.
Pamela Baldwin/ Samples Creek Kennel – Edgar Springs, MO: “Excessively Thin” Dogs with Ribs Protruding
In May 2011, Pamela Baldwin received an Official Warning from the USDA for not providing proper veterinary treatment to dogs in her care. Issues included a dog known as “Skooter” who “had a swollen area on the left, lower lip” and two other dogs who “had cloudy substances covering a large portion of the eyes.” A “loose, bloody discharge” was also seen on the ground of one dog’s enclosure, according to inspection reports.
Problems at Samples Creek Kennel seem to have only gotten worse since the official warning was issued. In May 2012, USDA inspectors documented a number of new, serious problems, including four dogs who were so thin that their ribs were showing, and dogs with scabs, hair loss and missing fur. Issues were found yet again August of 2012, when USDA inspectors found a silky terrier with a damaged, watering eye and a limping Bassett Hound, as well as 25 dogs who were “scratching frequently” and appeared to be infested with fleas. USDA #43-A-4762.
Edward Cannon/ E. Cannon Kennels – Novinger, MO: Both a Puppy Mill and a Kitten Mill
E. Cannon Kennels has more than 400 dogs and puppies, according to February 2013 USDA records. It has been cited by USDA inspectors for multiple problems over the years, including a dog with dental issues so severe that she could no longer keep her tongue in her mouth and the inspector could see the roots of her teeth; an ammonia (urine) odor so strong that federal inspectors noted a “burning sensation” in their noses; dirty conditions; and mold found in the dog kibble. In 2011, E. Cannon Kennels received an official warning from the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act regulations.
The facility was also breeding kittens when inspectors visited in July 2012, according to USDA records; 139 cats and kittens were counted in addition to 385 dogs and puppies. Issues with the cattery that have been documented by the USDA included a cat with a dark crusty discharge around both eyes, a flame-point Himalayan with clear mucus film in both eyes, accumulations of clutter, hair, dirt, and grime in the cattery, and a strong ammonia (urine) odor in the cat area. USDA #43-A-4206.
Tina Carr/ Simply Puppies – Hannibal, MO: Dead Dog Found Outside in the Bitter Cold
Simply Puppies has accumulated numerous federal Animal Welfare Act violations over the last several years, including a January 2013 violation for 22 puppies kept on one-inch wire flooring, which is an injury and entrapment risk; February 2011 violations for failure to provide adequate bedding when it was 13.6 degrees F. outside; and one dog who was observed to be shivering with frozen water droplets on the dog’s chin. In 2012, Carr received an official warning from the USDA for previous violations of the Animal Welfare Act regulations. In January 2011, Carr was cited by USDA inspectors for a “direct non- compliance” for a dead dog found by the inspector in a kennel with another dog. The report does not specify how the dog died, but indicates that it may have been due to the bitter cold temperatures: “At time of inspection a female Dachshund (#222) was found dead in an outdoor run with another live dog. [....]the outdoor temperature was 28 degrees F. There were approximately 20 short-haired Dachshunds that were in outdoor enclosures with no bedding available.” (USDA, Jan. 2011). USDA #43- A-5672.
See The HSUS’s Dirty Dozen reports for details at humanesociety.org/puppymillresearch.
Brandi Cheney/ Circle B Farms, LLC – Huntsville, MO: Still Licensed by USDA after being linked to Previously Shuttered Kennel
No list of problematic kennels would be complete without Circle B Farms, LLC, operated by Brandi Cheney. Cheney has been associated with several different business names and breeding operations in Missouri. A previous facility, S & S Family Puppies, which was licensed to both Cheney and her mother, Diana Stephenson, was linked to more than 500 hundred pages of USDA enforcement records, including violations for sick and injured dogs who had not been treated by a vet, dead or dying dogs found on the property, dogs without adequate protection from the
heat and cold, and more. S & S Family Puppies was finally shut down in May 2011, but Brandi continues to operate Circle B Farms, LLC (#43-B-3698), a second puppy mill in a different location. USDA inspections of Circle B Farms in 2011 uncovered a number of new, severe violations, including dogs in need of veterinary care, temperatures inside the kennel registering as high as 109.5 degrees F., failure to provide adequate lighting or electricity, and failure to provide adequate cage space. USDA #43-B-3698 and previous #43- B-0435.
The HSUS has also received consumer complaints about sick puppies sold by this operator. See the HSUS’s 2011 Dirty Dozen report update at www.humanesociety.org/puppymillresearch for more details.
Kimberly Coleman/ TLC’s Kennel – Clinton, MO: Fined $8,250 by USDA
TLC’s Kennel has more than 300 dogs and puppies, but USDA inspectors were not able to check on their welfare in January 2013, when the operator failed to make the facility available during regular business hours for inspection (a violation). Previous violations at the kennel include dogs in wet or freezing weather without adequate protection, including 37 dogs which the inspector noted had “soiled or wet hair coats,” and dogs kept in rusty enclosures with holes in the flooring, strong odors and flies throughout the facility. In 2010, the operator entered in to a settlement agreement with the USDA and was fined $8,250 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act regulations. USDA #43-A-4973.
USDA inspectors photographed several severely matted and injured dogs at a puppy mill co-owned by Brandi Cheney in 2008, and the facility soon accumulated more than 500 pages of enforcement records. The puppy mill was shut down in 2011, but Cheney now operates a different puppy mill under a new limited liability corporation in Huntsville, MO. /USDA 2Lou Cox/ Lou’s Country Kennel – Chillicothe, MO: Dogs with Ribs Protruding; Animals Outside in 23 Degree Weather
After accumulating dozens of pages of severe USDA violations between 1993 and 2012, and appearing in the HSUS’s Missouri’s Dirty Dozen update report (at www.humanesociety.org/puppymillresearch) in 2011, this kennel cancelled its USDA license for unknown reasons in March 2012. Unfortunately, that was not the end of the story, as the kennel remains state-licensed in Missouri in 2013. Horrific violations at this kennel documented by federal inspectors included: dogs with painful eye conditions who had not been treated by a vet despite repeat warnings; a seriously underweight mother Rottweiler with her rib and hip bones protruding, who had only two surviving puppies out of a litter of six, a dog who was so badly matted that the inspector could not see her eyes, and dogs “shivering in a crouched position” in 23 degree F temperatures. Inspectors also noted during one visit that the drinking water was frozen in all of the outdoor kennels.
Marsha Cox/ Mar-Don Kennel – Chillicothe, MO: Surfaces Covered in Feces; Dogs in Below Freezing Cold
Marsha Cox, a relative of Lou Cox, was named as one of our original Missouri’s Dirty Dozen in a 2010 report on some of the worst puppy mills in Missouri [See HSUS’s 2010 and 2011 Dirty Dozen reports for details.]
Marsha Cox’s USDA license was cancelled in 2011 after she repeatedly refused access to inspectors and was cited for severe animal care problems, including keeping animals outside in below- freezing temperatures without adequate protection from the cold, underweight animals, and sick animals who had not been treated by a vet. Although Marsha Cox has lost her USDA license, she remains Missouri state licensed in 2013.
USDA inspectors repeatedly found dogs at Marsha Cox’s Mar-Don Kennel outside in the cold without adequate protection from extreme temperatures. The USDA revoked her federal license in 2011 but the state continues to allow her to operate in 2013. /The HSUS 2010
Kenneth Dake/ Dake’s Kennel – Dixon, MO : Accumulations of Trash and Waste
Dake’s Kennel has been cited for recurring violations since at least 2007. In December 2012, USDA inspectors found 10 violations, including a Golden Retriever with sores inside her ears, excessive accumulations of trash and waste, unsafe housing, and dogs without adequate protection from the weather when temperatures had been in the 30s at night. Prior violations include storing rat poison two feet away from the dog food, puppies found huddling together in a whelping trailer that was only 42 degrees F at the time of inspection, failure to provide adequate protection to dogs in the outdoor enclosures when the outdoor temperature was 34 degrees F at time of inspection, and excessive accumulations of feces. Dake’s Kennel received an official warning from the USDA in 2011 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act regulations. USDA # 43-A-5402.
LeRoy Detweiler/ Sunset Ridge Kennel – Princeton, MO: “Thin and Listless” Dog Died of Sepsis; Dogs Exposed to Heat Index over 114 Degrees F
Joseph and LeRoy Detweiler had a history of problems under their joint USDA license (#43-A-5447), including an official warning in 2012, but in January 2013 the USDA allowed the Detweilers to cancel the joint license and granted LeRoy Detweiler a new license, USDA #43-A-5786, at the same address.
Violations from the Detweilers’ USDA reports include a lethargic and shivering mother Chihuahua with only one surviving puppy, sick and lethargic puppies lacking veterinary care, a “high death rate” in puppy litters (July 2010), repeated problems with excessive accumulations of feces, dogs kept in unsafe temperatures, including a heat index of 114.1 degrees F in one of the buildings, and many other problems.
Grave problems have been found by state inspectors as well. In May 2012, a Missouri state inspector visited the kennel and found a gravely ill dog. Wrote the inspector: “there is a King Charles Cavalier, dog number 406 that is thin and listless [...] This dog is not trying to stand up. The licensee is keeping a list of dogs that have been treated or that have been seen by the attending veterinarian. Dog 406 is not on that list.” The inspector updated the report five days later, noting that the dog had died after the licensee was required to take him to the vet: “The licensee took the dog immediately to Dr. Alumbaugh. Dr. Alumbaugh put the dog on IVs as soon as it got there. The dog died 2 hours later. The necropsy
show[ed] that the intestine had adhered together, causing [...] septic death.”
Miriam and Neal Feldkamp—Lewistown, MO: Injured Dogs in Need of Vet Care; Puppies Coated in feces
The USDA has found recurring violations at the Feldkamp facility as recently as January 2013, when the kennel was cited for three repeat violations, including a veterinary care violation for two dogs with untreated injuries: a shih tzu with an open, oozing lesion and a dachshund who was limping and had a swollen lower leg. Additional issues found at the same inspection included an excessive build-up of feces; when questioned, the licensee told the inspector that “she cleans the outside portions of the enclosures about once a week” but regulations require that enclosures be spot cleaned daily.
The kennel has also repeatedly been cited for puppies, some as young as three days old, who were found with their feet falling through the wire flooring, a significant risk for entrapment and injury and a violation of both USDA and state regulations.
In September 2012, USDA inspectors found whelping areas so filthy that a litter of shih tzu puppies had “coats that were soiled with a brown grimy organic material,” and in April 2012, USDA inspectors found that no vet had been to the facility in almost two years. USDA #43-A-3036.
Mary Foster and Cathy Griesbauer/ Country Pets – Montgomery City, MO: Extremely Thin Dog and Reports of Sick Puppies; Co-Owner was Head of Professional Pet Association
The HSUS has received numerous complaints alleging sick puppies purchased from pet stores who originated from Country Pets, an enormous puppy mill which houses more than 750 dogs and puppies. The kennel received an official warning from the USDA in September 2012 for failure to provide veterinary care and failing to allow access to inspectors on four prior occasions.
During Country Pets’ most recent federal inspection in August 2012, after twice finding no one present when inspectors arrived to attempt an inspection, USDA inspectors found several dogs in urgent need of veterinary care, including a Shih Tzu with a lesion on her eye who was squinting and blinking, a Bichon with a mass in her mouth, and a weimaraner who was seriously underweight, with his “rib, spine, hip bones, sit bones, and long bones all prominent and easily visualized from a distance.” None of the animals had been examined by a vet, according to the inspection report. During a 2011 visit, USDA inspectors found additional problems, including dogs in need of veterinary care, dogs found panting in excessive heat, and housing in such disrepair that dogs’ legs were falling through the flooring.
One of Country Pets’ co-owners, Cathy Griesbauer, has been linked to numerous efforts to defeat animal protection laws. She was the President of the Professional Pet Association in Missouri in 2010; the PPA actively fought the passage of Proposition B, a ballot initiative designed to improve the care of dogs in puppy mills. USDA #43-A-1843.
Rhonda Gear/ Country Babies – Galt, MO: Dogs without Shelter in 20 Degree Temperatures, Buildings Not Cleaned in Months
Country Babies was listed in the HSUS’s Dirty Dozen reports in 2010 and 2011 (see www.humanesociety.org/puppymillresearch) due to severe ongoing animal care violations, but is still in operation in 2013. The facility has accumulated numerous ongoing violations, including repeat violations for dogs with untreated medical issues, failure to provide adequate shelter to the dogs, filthy conditions, rodent infestation, and more.
At press time, USDA public records show that the agency may be in the process of revoking Country Babies’s USDA license. The full complaint highlighting many violations cited over the years can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/foia/enforcement_actions/2012/September/Animal%20Welfare%20Act%20 (AWA)/Complaints/MO10047-AC%20Rhoda%20Louise%20Gear%20Complaint_Redacted.pdf
Even if Gear’s USDA license is revoked, The HSUS has concerns that the dealer will remain licensed with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and continue selling directly to the public, as have so many others in the state (Marsha Cox, Lou Cox, Wendy Laymon). The HSUS has urged the USDA and MDA to ensure that, if this dealer is permanently shut down, the dogs should be transferred to reputable shelters and rescue groups to receive proper care. USDA #43-B-3613.
Beverly Hargis/Hargis’ Sunshines Kennel – Hallsville, MO: Injured and Limping Dogs
Hargis’ Sunshines Kennel has been cited for multiple USDA violations over the years, including numerous dogs who were matted and dirty and in need of medical care, dogs who were limping due to untreated injuries, dogs without adequate protection from the cold, a “strong ammonia odor,” and housing and sanitation problems. In January 2012, Hargis’ Sunshines Kennel received an official warning from the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act regulations. Nevertheless, as documented at its most recent USDA inspection in November 2012, serious issues continued. The kennel was cited for having dogs with inadequate cage space, excessive feces in some of the enclosures, to the point where some of the dogs could not walk without stepping in their feces, and a foul odor. In addition to being licensed to sell to pet stores, the kennel also sells puppies online via puppyfind.com. USDA # 43-A-0209.
Renee Horton/ Horton Kennel – Curryville, MO: Dogs Walking in Diarrhea
In March 2012, after attempting to perform an inspection on three prior occasions and being denied access, USDA inspectors finally entered Horton Kennel for an inspection. They found a Boxer with two masses which had not been evaluated by a vet, a Cocker Spaniel with yellow-green discharge around her eye which had not been treated by a vet, a large hole in the flooring of one enclosure filled with a murky brown liquid, and dogs without adequate shade who were panting in the sun.
Additional violations found at the facility in recent years include a fly infestation, multiple dogs found stepping in their own diarrhea; other dogs with untreated medical issues such as masses and ear problems; and a dog who was matted so severely over 60% of her body that her fur was “heavily twisted and ropey,” per USDA inspectors. USDA #43-A-2675.
Wilma Jinson/ Jinson Kennel – Stella, MO: “Obvious Veterinary Care Problems” per USDA Inspector; Fined by USDA
In December 2012, Jinson Kennel was cited for a number of USDA violations, including an emaciated Miniature Pincher who was so thin that “each of her vertebrae could be seen,” and a bulldog with a paw injury so swollen that “the tissue had split in the middle and was draining,” which the inspector noted “can be painful and can indicate infection.” Similar problems at Jinson Kennel have been longstanding. As previously described in The HSUS’s Dirty Dozen update report in March 2011 (http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/missouris_dirty_dozen_update.pdf), this breeder is still in operation despite many violations for filthy conditions, sick and injured animals, and direct non-compliance with USDA standards of care.
In December 2010, Jinson was cited by federal inspectors for a “direct non-compliance” for several dogs with untreated medical issues, including a dog with red, swollen paws and a dog whose leg was “swollen and bent at an unusual angle.” When asked about the dog with the “bent” leg, the licensee told the inspector that “she was a climber and she fell,” but she had not had the dog treated for the obvious injury. The kennel was also cited for housing in disrepair, failure to provide the dogs and puppies with adequate shelter from the elements, puppies with their feet passing through the wire flooring, and dirty water receptacles.
In September 2010, the USDA issued Jinson an Official Warning for “failure to establish and maintain an effective program for the control of insects, external parasites affecting dogs, and [control of] birds and mammals that are pests” at the facility.
In July 2010, Missouri state department of agriculture inspectors found a whelping building that “is rotting and smells of mold,” a fly infestation, and dogs exposed to contaminated washdown runoff, among other issues.
Additional violations go back to at least 2007. The HSUS has also received complaints from several people who allegedly purchased sick puppies from Jinson Kennel. USDA #43-A-2656.
Wendy Laymon/ Shadow Mountain Kennel – Rogersville, MO: Banned from USDA, Yet Still Licensed in Missouri after Numerous State Violations
As reported in our 2010 and 2011 Dirty Dozen reports, on March 27, 2009 the USDA levied action against Wendy Laymon (dba Shadow Mountain Kennel) under docket #08-0089: http://www.da.usda.gov/oaljdecisions/090403_AWA-08-0089.pdf for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act. She was fined $7,125 (held in abeyance) and banned from holding a USDA license for three years, yet Laymon continues to be licensed by the state of Missouri in 2013, allowing her to sell puppies directly to the public and online.
In August 2011 The HSUS submitted a complaint to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster regarding a proported dog “rescue” group also run by Laymon, which was believed to be a front for discarding the kennel’s unwanted breeding dogs. The complaint contended that Laymon was violating the state’s consumer protection law by deceiving the public into believing that some of the dogs in her operation are rescued from other facilities, when in fact many of the “rescued” dogs could have been coming directly from her puppy mill. The AG did not formally respond to The HSUS’s complaint, but “Rescue a French Bulldog” is no longer licensed separately in Missouri as a nonprofit kennel in 2013. However, Laymon’s breeding operation is still licensed as a commercial kennel in Missouri: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2011/08/dirty_dozen_puppy_mill_08052011.html Laymon’s kennel has been cited by Missouri Department of Agriculture officials for numerous violations in recent years, including selling an allegedly “rescued” French bulldog online without a rabies vaccination or health certificate (June 2012); several dogs with such long toenails that the nails had “curled back into the pad of the foot”; refusing to allow inspectors to look inside a building which appeared to be a kennel building but which Laymon claimed did not have dogs in it, and a period of more than two years during which Missouri state inspectors found there had been no documented veterinary visit to the kennel (2008 to 2010). Annual veterinary visits for commercial kennels are required by law in Missouri.
Jeff Burnside of Washington’s KOMO 4 News expanded upon the Laymon story in February 2013, reporting that consumers across the country were still claiming to receive sick puppies from the facility thanks to unregulated Internet sales: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Loophole-lets-accused- puppy-mill-operator-sell-dogs-online-192901401.html.
Rose Marlow/ Pet Degree Ranch – Wellsville, MO: Received Official Warning for Violating Animal Welfare Act Regulations
In January 2012, Marlow received an Official Warning from the USDA for violating federal regulations due to conditions at Pet Degree Ranch. The warning listed 19 violations pertaining to housing/facilities and four violations pertaining to veterinary care between December 2010 and December 2011. But the violations did not stop after Pet Degree Ranch received the warning. From January 2012 to March 2013, USDA inspectors recorded 17 violations pertaining to housing/facilities and one violation pertaining to veterinary care. Specific examples of repeated violations include dogs without adequate protection from the wind and rain; expired infant medication kept in kennel area as if used on dogs; outdoor housing for numerous dogs who had no bedding or other way of preserving their body heat when temperatures dropped below 35 degrees F; sharp and rusted parts of the kennel that were a danger to the dogs; and sick animals who had not been treated by a vet. USDA #43-A-4368.
Tom Nelson/ Oak Ridge Pets – Macon, MO: Dogs with Fresh Bite Wounds
USDA inspectors have repeatedly cited Oak Ridge Pets for dogs in need of veterinary care, including dogs with oozing eyes, lesions, and lameness. In November 2012, a USDA inspector found two dogs with eye problems so noticeable that “a yellowish build up” covered the entire eye, and other dogs with fresh bite wounds. The licensee told the inspector that eight dogs had died over the last several months due to “fighting.” In March 2010, puppies were found with their “feet and legs dangling” from gaps in the wire flooring and the operator was found to be repeatedly keeping animals in cages that were too small. USDA #43-B-3425.
Joe Overlease/ C & J’s Cockers – Miller, MO: Multiple Consumer Complaints and Many State Violations
The HSUS has received a number of consumer complaints alleging sick puppies sold by C & J’s Cockers, which sells cocker spaniels online and directly to the public. The kennel is not USDA licensed so it can’t legally sell to pet stores, but it sells puppies via its own website, Cocker-spaniels.com, and online classified sites such as Nextdaypets.com.
Between May 2010 and February 2012, Missouri Department of Agriculture officials cited the puppy mill for a number of violations, including overcrowded and dirty conditions, safety concerns, dozens of matted dogs (1/26/2011), no proof of veterinary care (2/7/2012), and unsafe housing conditions (multiple dates). State records indicate that there are currently more than 300 dogs and puppies at the kennel.
The facility is owned by Joe Overlease, former president of the Professional Kennel Club of Missouri. Overlease was a vocal opponent of Proposition B, a 2010 ballot initiative that would have vastly improved the standards of care for dogs in commercial kennels in Missouri. Overlease’s kennel has been state-licensed since November 2003, after state officials found him operating an illegal, unlicensed kennel and required him to obtain a license.
Overlease’s current website contains misinformation about adoption and shelter pets, advising readers who are considering adopting a dog from a shelter that “You should have a good insurance policy that covers animal attacks on your neighbors and visitors. And you also need to make sure your children and grandchildren or others are closely supervised.” Overlease goes on to state that adopting instead of buying a puppy “can become a very expensive nightmare in the long run.” Complaints received by The HSUS indicate that purchasing puppies from puppy mills has become an expensive nightmare for many buyers.
Valente Rios/ Rios Kennel – Galt, MO: Dogs in Complete Darkness; Failure to Obtain Vet Care
Inspection reports show there are more than 300 dogs and puppies at Rios Kennel. The puppy mill has been cited for numerous USDA violations, some as recent as January 2013, for injured dogs who had not been treated by a vet, filthy conditions, inadequate space, and ammonia levels in a windowless whelping building so strong that inspectors’ noses “began burning and then started running,” according to USDA inspection reports.
Additional USDA violations included limping dogs with swollen feet, animals with so much feces in their enclosures that they had difficulty walking without stepping in it, and dogs caged in a windowless building in “nearly pitch black” conditions without access to the outdoors or adequate light.
Missouri state inspectors have found additional problems at the facility as recently as March 2012, when an inspector found dogs who did not have water and a Yorkie with an eye problem that had not been treated. USDA #43-A-5652.
Donald Schrage/ Rabbit Ridge Kennel – Edina, MO: Starving Dogs, Open Wounds, Performed Surgery on Puppy without a License in Filthy Conditions
Donald Schrage’s Rabbit Ridge Kennel has been cited for severe, repeat Animal Welfare Act violations for many years in a row, including violations as horrific as performing surgeries on his own dogs in filthy conditions; emaciated animals with their ribs, vertebrae and hip bones protruding; dogs with crusty eyes, scabs and lesions; dogs in excessive heat without adequate air flow, and a dog with an untreatable tumor. During one visit, USDA inspectors noted the kennel had only one full-time employee and one part-time employee to care for more than 300 animals.
The following USDA violations were documented in May 2012: “A female Lhasa Apso, tag #198, was observed to be very thin, her ribs, vertebrae, and hip bones are very prominent and easily visible, and she has a tucked abdomen. There is a very obvious loss of muscle of her front shoulders, front and back legs, making the long bones and shoulder blades visible.” In addition, “a male Boston Terrier, with no ID, was observed repeatedly licking the front of his muzzle. Upon closer observation there is an open wound approximately 1⁄2 inch in diameter under his left nostril. The skin in this open area is reddened.”
On August 3, 2011, a USDA inspector found that a black schnauzer puppy had recently had his ears cropped, even though the licensee “is not trained or qualified to safely conduct painful, surgical procedures involving the amputation of tissue” and the fluid Schrage allegedly used to sanitize his equipment was “discolored and yellow in appearance, did not smell like alcohol, contained a dead floating insect, and had no cap.” The inspector emphasized that surgeries conducted without appropriate
training “could result in pain, distress, infection or injury of animals.”
The HSUS has urged both the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to shut this noncompliant kennel down and allow the dogs to be sent to shelters and rescue organizations for proper care and placement, and will continue to urge the authorities to take appropriate action. USDA #43-A-1957.
Amos Schwartz – Princeton, MO: Dogs Shivering in the Cold, Underweight Dogs and Open Wounds
Numerous violations have been documented at this kennel over the years, including an issue in February 2012 when a USDA inspector noted a Husky with an oozing eye and a bleeding mass, and a maltese with a dark purple swelling on his paw who was unable to put weight on it, among other problems. During the same inspection, a French bulldog was seen shivering in the cold without adequate protection.
In November 2011, inspectors found an underweight husky so malnourished that “her hips and ribs could be easily visualized, even under her thick coat,” according to the USDA inspector. The inspector also found an Old English sheepdog with an open wound, and other violations. The facility received an official warning from the USDA in 2012. USDA # 43-A-5349.
Kaye and William Waddell – Montgomery City, MO: Dog with Ulcerated Mass Was Not Treated for Four Months, then Euthanized
In March 2011, a veterinary medical officer with the USDA identified a lhasa apso at the Waddell kennel who had “a mass on the underside of her abdomen which was approximately 2.5 inches in diameter. The mass was covered with pink, raised bumps,” some of which appeared to be ulcerated, according to the report, and the “crater-like lesions were oozing blood.” Both the dog’s back leg and the enclosure had fresh blood on them, according to the report. The veterinary inspector informed the breeder that “open wounds are likely painful and allow bacteria and other disease-causing organisms access to the body,” and instructed the licensees in writing to get the dog to a veterinarian within a week and document her treatment. Instead, the inspector found out the following year (2/09/12) that “the licensee waited over four months to have the dog examined by a veterinarian” and at that point had the dog euthanized, violating regulations that require adequate and timely veterinary care for sick and injured animals.
Additional problems found at the Waddells’ facility include medications found in 2012 which had expired in 2001, 2005 and 2010. The inspector noted, “expired drugs may not work as anticipated, could become contaminated, and could harm the animals.” USDA #43-A-0439.
Joyce Young/ Young’s Ozark Kennel – Pottersville, MO: Puppies with their Feet Falling Through Wire Floors
Joyce Young received an official warning from the USDA in April 2012 for violating the Animal Welfare Act regulations. With the exception of the year 2011, problems have been occurring at Young’s Ozark Kennel for many years; it has been in business since at least 2005.
In July 2010, a USDA inspector found ten dogs in need of veterinary care at Young’s Ozark Kennel, including four “excessively matted” dogs whose discomfort at being entwined in the matted hair was enhanced by the fact that it was over 90 degrees with high humidity. The inspector also found two lactating female dogs who were “very thin,” including a “beagle with six pups and a miniature pincher with three pups. Their spine and hips are prominent and their coats are dull,” according to the report.
Prior violations documented by USDA inspectors include puppies found repeatedly with their feet falling through the wire flooring, dirty food and water, and unsafe conditions. USDA #43-A-4644.
Feb 9 2013
We are so excited to announce our very first Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser.
It will be held on March 9th at Sharks Billiards in Shawnee at 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
The cost is $45 in advance. If you register by February 23rd, you’ll receive an additional $500 in poker chips. At the door is $50.
1st place is up to $350, depending on turn out, and 2nd – 5th prizes are paid accordingly. There will also be a “Best Hand” and “First Out” prizes.
Tell all your friends and family to come out for a good time and support a great cause.
Registering is easy:
Midwest Animal ResQ
Attn: Carrie Bermel
P.O. Box 2606
Mission, KS 66201
Every poker player walks away with something which is a win win for all.
We have sponsors from Kansas City Chiefs, KC Royals, Boulevard Brewing Co., J. Gilberts, Coach, Build a Better Bar and more. There will be a silent auction, live seat auction, raffle and prizes for 1st through 5th places winners.