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Chien d'Or Kennel Hearing (Farmington Hills)

Photo Courtesy: Oakland County Animal Control (Aug 2013)


The July 24th formal hearing for Michigan’s worst golden retriever breeder will
continue on August 29th. Judge Brady will hear more testimony regarding Mary
Gabriel’s basement kennel which is allegedly violating the local zoning
ordinance that do not permit a kennel in the basement or inside the home. If
you are a local resident, please join us for this formal hearing.

On July 24th, Judge Brady heard testimony from both the zoning inspector, Cheryl McGuire, and the next door neighbor who used to work at the prior kennel when he was a kid. He testified that the prior owner did not have a kennel in the basement (former garage). McGuire also testified the city has no records indicating that the kennel should be grandfathered, therefore it is a
nonconforming expansion. Gabriel was cited on October 29th 2013 and is
fighting to keep the kennel that housed 30 golden retrievers last August during
an inspection. It is unclear how many dogs are still in the basement.

Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan has been investigating Chien d'Or / Gabriels Ark Kennel.  We are most concerned that Ms. Gabriel is hoarding animals (dogs and birds) and operating a kennel with too many dogs. Last August, (57) adult golden retrievers were found on the property, some living in small wire cages in the basement and others overcrowded in an outdoor kennel. Public records show there has been at least (14) complaints and (7) failed inspections since 2008.  Ms. Gabriel is a chronic offender with repeat
violations to Regulation 129 governing dog kennels. The deplorable conditions
of the kennels have directly impacted the dog’s health violating state animal
cruelty laws, yet no charges have been filed.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP and then confirm Thursday morning as all prior dates have been rescheduled. There is a possibility that is formal hearing will be adjourned again. 


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  • Pam

    I called the court to confirm the hearing is still on as of 4:30 today.

    August 28, 2014

  • Laura Levine G.

    My puppy mill rescue dog is my certified registered therapy dog. I want to bring him into the court room with his official badge and vest... He has three legs and suffers in other ways from his three years in a mill.

    1 · August 28, 2014

  • Laura Levine G.

    My puppy mill rescue dog is also my certified therapy dog.

    August 28, 2014

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