Millington Puppy Mill Busted
Posted in the Memphis Forum
#1 Feb 2, 2008
Shelby County authorities busted a puppy mill in Shelby Forest today, confiscating 63 dogs and charging the owner with running a kennel without a license.
Six agencies descended on 6690 Walsh Road to remove the dachshunds, Jack Russell terriers and other dogs.
The animals appeared to be relatively clean and to have a normal weight as a dozen animal shelter personnel and deputies removed them from cages and placed them in carrying cases.
But the living conditions included some squalor.
The dogs were contained in about 40 wood-and-wire cages, each sitting on stilts.
The cages, clustered under trees about 100 yards behind the brick home, stood in an unkempt backyard amid a menagerie of roaming chickens, geese and pheasants.
The cage floors contained feces.
And the bare, muddy ground underneath the cages was marked by several areas where animal waste had been accumulated in large piles.
Charged with the zoning citation is Patricia Kinney.
She cooperated with authorities, voluntarily giving up the animals.
The case against her began when somebody purchased from Kinney a dog, which got sick. The buyer informed the Memphis Humane Society, which alerted the Health Department’s rabies control, said L.C. Garth, manager of the Vector Control office.
The Health Department contacted Kinney earlier this week and had a look, counting about 100 dogs, Garth said.
Kinney apparently removed dozens of dogs by the time authorities returned today to cite her and remove the animals, Garth said.
Normally, the department prefers to surprise kennel violators, but that didn’t happen this time due to factors Kinney did not elaborate upon.
Also participating in today’s operation were Memphis, Bartlett and Collierville animal shelters, the Sheriff’s Department and construction and codes enforcement.
The citation against Kinney is a zoning code violation and will be heard in Environmental Court.
Kennels are supposed to have drainage connected to a sanitary sewage system. Kinney's kennel did not have proper drainage, Garth said.
The dogs, a number of them pregnant, were being taken to other shelters to be evaluated, cleaned and given any needed treatment.
Area veterinarians will house the animals, which will be offered for adoption, said Nina Wingfield, supervisor of the Collierville Animal Shelter.
Garth told reporters that Kinney did not want to make a public comment.
#2 Jan 1, 2013
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