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John Tidwell
West Plans, MO
Ramblin Spring Kennel

Dec-01-2009 Vet Care: “The Licensee stated that she performs surgeries on the brokered puppies and her own animals. Records indicate that she has performed surgeries such as ear crops, umbilical hernia repairs, inguinal hernia repairs, “nares snipped”, neuters, dew claw removals, ovariohysterectomies, and Ceasarian sections. The licensee is not a veterinarian and could not provide the inspectors with documentation that she has received adequate training to be qualified to perform invasive surgical procedures in a manner that meets professional veterinary standards. Surgeries performed without appropriate training could result in unnecessary pain, distress, or injury of animals.”

Dec-1-2009 Primary Enclosures: “An adult female Rottweiller named “Annie” is being housed in a metal crate. When standing in a normal position, the height of the dog at her head is 30 inches. The crate is only 27 inches tall. The inspectors observed that the animal assumed a hunch posture when standing in the crate.

Dec-1-2009 Feeding: “At lease two feeders, located in enclosures housing 9 dogs, have a buildup of brownish colored shiny material inside the cup of the feeder when the animals access the food. The licensees stated that this material is an oily buildup from the dog food.

April-29-2009 Primary Enclosures: The owner has 10 large breed dogs in 5 outdoor enclosures. The primary enclosure is constructed of a low voltage woven electric fence. The dogs must contact the fence and receive a shock before they learn that they should not jump on it. There are two dogs in each enclosure. As the dogs jump and move about, they can bump each other into the fence, causing the dogs to receive a shock and possibly injury.  

Patrick Fulton
Alden , MN

Aug-30-2010 Minimum Age Requirements: On 5/6/10 the licensee transported in commerce 8 puppies that were only 53 days old and on 8/12/10 3 puppies were transported by the licensee that were only 55 days old. The Licensee transported in commerce 11 puppies that were no 8 weeks old. Transporting underage puppies could affect their health.

Aug-30-2010 Primary Enclosures – Eight pens containing two weaned puppies each and one pen containing one weaned puppy did not provide the minimum amount of required floor space. A pen containing one Sheltie puppy provided only 5 inches of head space. Inadequate head space affects the comfort of the animals.  

Abe Miller LLC
Fresno , OH
House of Pets

22-Feb-2010 Procurement: This broker using certificates of exemption when acquiring puppies from unlicensed breeders. These exemptions document the breeder name and address but have no animal information or date on them.

Oct-28-2008 Housing: Three puppies under 16 weeks of age were found in a shelter trailer facility that had no heat. The temperature during the inspection was 44 (deg)F. These dogs must be moved to a warmer facility...

Oct-28-2008 Cleaning: “The outdoor washdowns for the main kennel require cleaning. These washdowns have staining and excessive feces in them that is contributing to the odor in and around the kennel. It is also a potential disease hazard to the dogs.

June-11-2008 Vet Care: “The attending veterinarian has not been to this facility for a walkthrough inspections since February 2007. The licensee is using Bird Biotic mixed in the drinking water for the brokered puppies. Two adult Bichon dogs have bite wounds that need to be evaluated by the attending veterinarian. Five adult dogs were found with excessively long toenails during this inspection.

June-11-2008 Housing: Several doggy doors were dirty during this inspection. The washdowns for the main kennel barn were also dirty. The licensee's wife stated that she washed down yesterday but there is grime on the washdowns that needs additional cleaning. Correct this by cleaning all surfaces in contact with the dogs daily. The feed storage area needs to be cleaned and excess items discarded. There are several ripped bags the are open and need to be stored in a manner that protects them. The area has accumulated trash and debris that needs to be removed so this area can be properly monitored for pests and rodents. Correct this by cleaning and maintaining this area.

June-11-2008 Compatible Grouping: Two adult Bichon dogs were fighting the morning of this inspection. The licensee's son stated that the dogs were fighting in the morning. These dogs must be separated to ensure the safety of both dogs. The wounds on these dogs are both old and new so these dogs have been fighting for more than one day. These and all dogs must be maintained in compatible groups to ensure all animals are safe in their enclosures. June-11-2008 Feeding: Several feed bowls for the brokered puppies are made of plastic and have been chewed to the point that they are no longer able to be sanitized. These bowls must be replaced to correct this. This will ensure that these bowls can be propery sanitized.

Apr-19-2007 Shelter: The licensee is in the process of painting rusted metal clips that hold the enclosures together. There are hundreds of these througout the facility. Many of these clips are unpainted and rusted. This makes these surfaces impossible to properly sanitize. The licensee understands he must paint these or replace them to correct this.

Apr-19-2007 Cleaning: Underneath both trailers are accumulations of junk and old building materials. This area needs to be cleaned and these items removed. Also, additional gravel should be spread throughout the area to allow for easier movement in this area during husbandry practices and to allow for easier monitoring of rodents and pests. Correct this by cleaning this area and maintaining it in a neat condition. There were several rodent holes found outdoors around the facility. The licensee stated he has had difficulty with rats. Rat poison and traps were produced as tools for control. The licensee was advised to speak with his attending veterinarian to discuss other safe options to pest control and to devise a plan of action to reduce the rodent population. This is required to ensure the health and well-being of the animals and to reduce disease hazards.

Care Nov-20-2006 Veterinary: Two white Bichons in whelping barn have excessive body and ear hair mats. These two dogs needs a bath and clipping of excessive body hair mats to prevent eye, ear and skin problems and provide adequate veterinary care and promote well being. Failure to observe and address excessive hair mats will lead to prolonged animal suffering, diseases and distress.

Nov-20-2006 Time & Method of Identification: There are approximately 13 dogs( 9 in Raber kennel) that do not have identification or USDA tags on them as required. The lack of proper identification (tags) at this facility hinders inspections and makes animal traking difficult. Proper identification with USDA tags is essential for rapidly tracing animals in the event of a disease outbreak.Nov-20-2006 Housing: There are numerous doggie doors in the Semi trailor facility ( inside doors) and Raber Kennel ( indoor side) that have brownish fecal and urine stains. One enclosure door was scraped with a pen to show licensee wife how much accumulation was present on the door. Hard surfaces must be cleaned with appropriate detergents and disenfectants as per Sec 3.11(b). All surfaces must be cleaned and organic matter must be removed to promote a clean environment for all dogs and pups. Failure to properly clean surfaces may lead to disease problems and illness in dogs and a poor environment for dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Shelter: The front entrance of the whelping barn has a missing light . The area is dark and a black pregnant female on the top kennel whelping box cannot be observed for health status due to lack of lighting. The front door had to be opened to observe the papers and animals in this front area. Diffuse lighting is needed to properly observe dogs, inspect and clean.

Lighting is needed in this area to provide for inspections, cleaning and diurnal lighting for the health well being of dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Primary Enclosures: there are several cages in the new Raber Kennel and the whelping barn that have sagging floors. The dogs are jumping up and down and the weight of the dogs is causing the wire floor to sag. The primary enclosures need additional supports to prevent the wire floor from sagging while animals are present. Sagging floors may cause leg and foot injury and lameness in dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Cleaning: These semi trailor enclosure trays must be cleaned daily to provide the dogs with a clean environment, prevent disease hazards and rancid odors. Rancid odors are present in the lower semi trailor outdoor dog trays. Trays are filled with excessive dog feces and urine piled up in the tray from several days accumulation. More frequent cleaning is needed to prevent excess build- up of feces and urine and rancid odors. 

Verlyn (Deborah) Weaver
Topeka, IN
Morning Star Kennel

Aug-11-2010 Cleaning: The washdowns on the outside runs of the enclosure has an accumulation of feces and food waste. This attracts pests and vermin which may carry disease that can sicken the animals. The wastes under the primary enclosure needs to be removed and future excessive accumulation needs to be prevented to reduce risk of acquiring disease from the pests. 

Devon Troyer
Middlebury , IN 46540
Pine Creek Enterprises

Oct-05-2010: Veterinary Care – Although there was written guidance from an attending veterinarian, there was no signed formal agreement between the veterinarian and the applicant. Several dogs were found with health issues requiring evaluation by a veterinarian. A cavalier with chip number 564A was found with eye discharge in both eyes, a sore between the toes of the rear left foot and a severe ear discharge with thicken skin making evaluation of the ear canal difficult.

A shih tzu with chip 387C was found favoring the rear right leg. Upon exam, long toenails were found one of which was split and broken in to the quick at the base of the nail. This is a painful condition causing the dog to limp.

A shihtzu with chip number 36B was found with the right eye extremely budged. Eye conditions are painful and need to be evaluated by a veterinarian.

A bulldog with chip number 877 was found with diarrhea. Diarrhea is an indicator of disease which needs to be identified by the veterinarian and treated.

Three other dogs had eye issues which had been evaluated by the veterinarian and were being treated accordingly.It is important to provide medical attention to animals. All animals should be evaluated daily and prompt contact with the veterinarian to discuss care issues.

Oct-05-2010: Housing: The last enclosure on the top right section of the kennel building on the right side of the adult housing area has a broken hinge on the door between the inside and outside sections of the enclosure. The broken door hinge may cause the door to open crookedly and potentially injure the dog.

In addition, one of the supports for the outside section of the enclosures in the middle adult housing building is broken. The enclosure is not currently affected with sagging by the support needs to be repaired or replaced to ensure adequate structural strength of the enclosure.

Oct-05-2010 Exercise for Dogs: Document the exercise program in use for the animals and have the veterinarian approve the plan.

Oct-18-2007 Records: Records were available on hand for inspection for all of the adult dogs present, however the records were not available for the puppies. Puppies were only tracked at the time of sale. It is important for a breeding operation to track production through puppy inventory. It is also important to monitor the puppies on site to ensure they are treated and sold appropriately. Begin using form 7005 to track puppies born in this facility.

Oct-18-2007 Housing: The first enclosure on the left side of the facility has broken welds on the bottom wire. This allows the legs of the animals to fall through as they are going in and out of the doggie doorway. The animals could injure their legs or fall through and escape through the broken area of the flooring.

The catch-tarp under the enclosure has a build up of grime. This build up can attract pests and vermin which can carry disease that can affect the animals. The tarp should be cleaned and sanitized to prevent the build-up of the grime. 

Milan Wingard
Shipshewana , IN
Wing Mill Acre Canines

Feb-5-2008 Housing: Two of the enclosures for the small dogs has cut wire on the top which points down into the enclosure. This can easily injure one of the dogs. The large area housing the boxers has edge supports that have been chewed and cannot be readily cleaned or sanitized. The whelping area enclosures has bedding supplies, a broom and other items stores on top. These items can be pulled into the animal space and pose a danger from choking. In addition, the bedding can become soiled and then be harmful to the next animal.

Feb-5-2008 Cleaning: The heat strip under the enclosure in the whelping area have a build-up of food and hair. The accumulation of waste can attract pests and harbor disease which can affect the animals in the enclosures.

Feb-20-2007 Vet Care: The licensee is using medications that are not for canines. There is a bottle of amoxicillin that is for fish 

Daryl Bontrager
Shipshewana , IN

Apr-28-2010 Cleaning: The are eight enclosures housing 12 dogs that are dirty. The pens being cleaned every other day. The feces and urine in the pen is a source of odor and attracts pests which may cause disease. The entire primary enclosure must be cleaned daily to provide a clean healthy environment for the dogs.  

Kenneth Bontrager
Goshen , IN 46528

Feb-12-2008 Vet Care: There was an agreement from an attending veterinarian for the care of the animals and there was a list of medications and dosages but there was no record that the attending veterinarian had reviewed and approved the list for this facility.

Feb-12-2008: Housing - The housing for the large dogs has been chewed in area around the whelping box and the door frame. The chewed wood is not readily cleaned and sanitized and may harbor diseases which can sicken the animals.

In the food storage area there was an open bag of food and open bag of biscuits. Open bags attract mice and vermin which carry disease which can affect the animals.

The area housing the large dogs is made of wood which is no longer impervious to moisture. The surfaces in contact with the dogs need to be impervious to moisture so they can be kept clean and disease free for the animals. Wet wood can easily harbor disease which can sicken the animals.”

April-21-2003 Veterinary Care: The is no Program of Veterinary Care on site.

Nov-20-2001 Housing: One breeding female dog named “Dawn”, is loose in the yard and doubling as a watch dog. All facility dogs must be securely contained. 

Leon Jay Hostetler
Topeka , IN

Vet Care Dec-17-2009: “The six dogs in the large dog area all had excessively long toe nails. Long nails can easily catch and tear and injure the animals.

Cleaning Dec-17-2009: “The doorways within the primary enclosures of the dogs are grimy with accumulated dirt. In addition, the ledges which hold up the enclosures for the small dogs are dirty with accumulated grime. The grime in these areas can attract pests which carry disease which may sicken the animals.

Vet Care Jan-15-2008: “The supplies of pyrantel and exytocin were found to be expired. Medications used must be available for use as directed by the veterinarian. The use of expired medications can endanger the animals. The beagle-bulldog mix adult has very long toenails. Long nails can easily catch and rip and injure the animal.

Cleaning Janu-15-2008: The under trays have an accumulated grime can attract pests and vermin.  

Richard Frey,
Shipshewana IN
Loan Oaks Pets

Vet Care Apr-07-2008: Review of the program of veterinary care indicated only the use of pyrantel for deworming. Fenbendazole was however found in the medicine supply and was being given to the animals.

Cleaning Apr-07-2008: The floor of the feed storage area has dog food scattered about. The loose dog food attracts vermin and other pests which can carry disease and sicken the dogs.  

David Miller
Topeka , IN
Cable Line Kennel

Vet Care Aug-12-2010: One pug in the first pen on the left side of the kennel has long toenails. The long nails cause the toes to be splayed apart which is uncomfortable for the dog. In addition, long nails can easily catch and tear causing injury to the animal.

Primary Enclosures Aug-12-2010: One litter of puppies is in an enclosure with a mat covering part of the flooring. Several of the puppies were off the mat and were found with all four legs hanging through the wire. The legs dangling down through the wire can easily be broken resulting in pain and suffering.

Cleaning Sep-17-2007: The food receptacles for the dogs were dirty and the tray under the enclosures had a build up of grime. Dirty surfaces can attract pests which can cause disease in the dogs.  

Enos Mullett Jr
Goshen, IN 46528

Jan-08-2009 Cleaning, Sanitization, House keeping: The undertrays for both kennel buildings have a build up of grime. The grime can attract pests and harbor disease which sickens the animals.

Jun-05-2007 Veterinary Care: Each dealer or exhibitor shall establish and maintain programs of adequate veterinary care that include: The use of appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries, and the availability of emergency, weekend, and holiday care. This customer doesn’t have a program of veterinary care on file for review this inspection. An adequate PVC must be developed that will address all aspects of proper veterinary care and must be signed by the attending veterinarian.

Jun-05-2007 Housing: The whelping building has several areas that are not made of materials that will allow for proper sanitation. All wood and rusty surfaces must be repaired or replaced to allow sanitation and to reduce diseases.  

Steven Lehman
Middlebury , IN 46540

Jan-05-2011 Veterinary Care Program: Metronidazole and NeoVac DA2 vaccines were found to be expired in the facility. Expired drugs and vaccines may not be effective in preventing disease and may case direct harm to the animals. Only current medications and vaccines are to be used for treatment and prevention of disease.

Jan-05-2011 Primary Enclosures: There is one female dog with a litter of six puppies loose in the yard at the facility. Animals not contained in a safe primary enclosure are at risk of injury and disease. All breeding animals and their offspring must be contained within a safe, secure primary enclosure to ensure the health and well-being.

Jan-01-2009 Cleaning, Sanitation, Housekeeping: The undertrays for the inside runs of the kennel have accumulated grime. The grime attracts pests and vermin which may carry disease that can sicken the animals.  

Lavern & Kathryn Whetstone
Goshen , IN 46528

Aug-05-2010 Cleaning: There were multiple piles of dried feces in the middle outdoor enclosure housing two beagles. The feces can attract pests and vermin which carry that can sicken the dogs.. The primary enclosures, for all dogs, need to be cleaned daily to remove feces and waste.

The program of veterinary care is currently under review by the USDA Regional Office to determine compliance to the Animal Welfare Act.

Jun-29-2010 Veterinary Care: The last inspection revealed one bulldog with SEVERE cherry eye in both eyes that was causing pain and suffering.....has not been seen by the attending veterinarian. Instead, the bulldog was treated by a non-professional who sedated the animal and remove the excess eye membrane from the medial corner of the eye. The dogs eyes remain bloodshot in the lateral corner of the eyes.

The surgical procedures undertaken on the dog by a non-professional is a violations of 2.40 (b)(2) which requires appropriate methods of care. The procedures should have been done only by a licensed veterinarian. The lack of appropriate methods results in pain and suffering for the animal.

Jun-24- 2010 Veterinary Care: One bulldog has severe cherry eye in both eyes. The attending veterinarian examined the dog in April 2010 and recommended having the eyes surgically fixed. No appointment has been made for correcting the eyes at the time of the inspection. Cherry eye is a painful condition that should be treated as recommended by the veterinarian. Failure to follow the veterinarian’s guidance leaves the animal in a painful condition.

Jun-24- 2010 Primary Enclosures: The flooring for one of the beagles is rusty, has cross pieces missing and has broken sharp edges. The dog can be easily injured if a leg passes through the holes in the flooring. The licensee was cited for this violation in the report dated Jun 24, 2010...No action has been taken on this enclosure and the dog remains in an unsafe pen."

Feb-21-2007 Cleaning: The sink that is used to wash and sanitize bowls is leaking out of the bottom. This sink is not adequate enough to properly clean and sanitize bowls when it is leaking profusely out of the bottom.  

 Photo Credit: Elkhart Zoning Dept.


John Schmucker
New Haven , IN
Riversite Kennels

Sep-16-2008 Veterinary Care: Two dogs in the last two enclosures on the bottom left had long curling toe-nails. Long nails can easily catch and tear and injure the animal.

Marlin (Martin) Bontrager

Rome City, IN 46784

Mar-24-2010 Veterinary Care: The male bulldogs have excessively long toenails. Proper daily observation of all animals should include an assessment of nail length.

Mar-24-2010 Housing: The doorways between the inside and outside primary enclosures of the dogs are grimy. The grime can attract pests which can carry disease. The food storage area had three bags of food that were open. The open bags increase the risk of food contamination from moisture and pests.

Mar-24-2010 Feeding: The feed bins for the bulldogs are excessively chewed. The rough surface of the bins cannot easily be cleaned.

Feb-11-2008 Housing: Bedding for the whelping area is stored on top of the enclosures. This presents a choking hazard should animals pull it down into the enclosure and the bedding will not be clean when it is used.

Feb-11-2008 Shelter: The whelping area for the animals has very high levels of ammonia built up, although the visible quantity of wastes seem low. The room is not adequately ventilated sufficiently to remove the ammonia from the area. Ammonia levels that high are irritating and can cause illness in the puppies and adults in the room.

Feb-11-2008 Primary Enclosures: The puppies in the whelping area have their legs hanging through the bottom of the flooring. Two enclosures were observed with several puppies all with their legs dangling down through the floor. This can easily cause a break or severe injury to the puppies if their legs are hanging down through the flooring.

Feb-11-2008 Cleaning: The under trays in the adult area of the kennel have an accumulated grime. This can attract pets and harbor disease. The under tray of the adult animals is not designed to drain sufficiently and has standing water that does not readily drain. Standing water can harbor disease.

Feb-20-2007 Housing: The floor in the rear area of the kennel has areas that need repaired. The linoleum floor has 2 holes in it and beneath that is exposed wood. These holes must be repaired to allow for proper sanitation.  

Mose Miller
Shipshewana , IN 46565

Apr-07-2009 Primary Enclosures: The flooring of the far left outside enclosure has a broken cross-wire across three sections of the floor grid. The broken wire is hanging down below the enclosure. This missing cross-section weakens the flooring and creates a space which could injure the animal.

Apr-03-2008 Veterinary Care: Medications on hand were examined during the inspection. An expired bottle of oxytocin and an expired bottle of pencillian G procane were found in with all the medications and vaccinations on hand. In addition they were not listed in the veterinary program. The use of any medication without the guidance from the attending veterinarian may not be an appropriate method and may result in harm to the animal or may leave the animal in a state of continued disease.