UPDATE: Farmington Hills Golden Retriever Kennel

From: Pam
Sent on: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:27 AM

The kennel worker, Karen Irwin, sharing
photos with the Oakland County Commissioners.

Meetup Members,

On Wednesday we escalated our concerns over Oakland County Animal Controls failure to protect the dogs at the Chien d’Or kennel in Farmington Hills to the Oakland County Commissioners.

Ten powerful speakers!

Yes, the Commissioners have watched the Channel 4 story and many of them have responded to our call to action letters. Some of them have been told that PMA is leading this campaign and has not even visited the kennel. They also say that the violations/conditions were over a year ago and all is fixed now. No laws are being broken and the dogs are robust and healthy. Well, we brought forward someone who recently purchased a dog with problems. We had other powerful testimony from the kennel worker and breeders. If you have time, watch and share their videos and educate others about this horrible kennel so we can demand changes at Animal Control.

Karen Irwin (Kennel Worker) About the third week on the job, Micki called me into the main floor of the house. That scene and the ones beyond it, blew me away. A narrow path meandered through the mess. I could barely see the kitchen counter and sink. One of those disgusting fly strips, full, hung at the top of the stairs. There were flies everywhere. Cats, birds, fish and dogs amidst all the clutter. one of the two bird cages had so many birds, I couldn't find one open perch. About a half inch layer of poop covered the bottom toys and bottom of the cage. I also noticed an almost dead, definitely ill bird on the bottom. Three dogs, one with a cone around her neck, were locked in the bathroom. And the puppies!!!!! Unbearable.

Bob Lefevre (Purchased a problemed dog from Chien d’or on 5/9/14). “As a firefighter, you get used to a lot of smells, but this was bad. I purchased the dog for my wife for mother’s day. She ended up with a prolapsed cervix and cancerous tumor (the next day). The biggest concern I have is all psychological. When she is distressed, she paces in a circle the size of a cage.”

Timothy Vandusen (Next door neighbor to the Chien d’Or kennel) The city is very supportive, but they are hand-strung by the zoning ordinance and the grandfathered use of this terrible kennel. If one home has a broken window, the whole community can deteriorate. This isn’t a broken window – this is a broken kennel. It is frustrating to see Oakland County Animal Control operate without sanctions.

Karen Jacobs (Golden Retriever Breeder, Majestyk Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs) “ I have been breeding and raising dogs for 13 years. I visited the the kennel when it was up for sale. I was utterly shocked at the odor and sights I encountered. How it is possible that Oakland County Animal Control can license this kennel?”

Terry Seraceno (Golden Retriever Breeder and Founder Doctor Paws Pet Therapy) - “I live a mile from this kennel (Chien d’Or). You can not socialize these animals when they are locked up in cages. Please shut her down. “

Pam Sordyl (Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness) “Both senior officers recommended the kennel be closed and license revoked based on these conditions. “The animals are living in squalor and the conditions are blatantly unacceptable”. I am guessing these two officers know the cruelty laws. I can only guess that the new director is inexperienced and not qualified to handle a cruelty investigation- this will need to be addressed!” http://youtu.be/j6TNfsFIwks

Cindy Savoy (Puppy Mill Awareness) “How could this kennel pass ALL SATISFACTORY during the routine 2013 spring inspection? Why was a veterinarian not onsite for the 8/15/13 inspection or the 9/10/13 follow-up inspection? Why were veterinarians invited to the kennel for the Channel 4 story instead? Why was the kennel not cited for being over the kennel limit of (50) dogs? How could the kennel have made significant structural changes in just 10 days?. Is there a law stating that a repeat offender is allowed 10 days to address non-compliances?


Jeanne Towar (Pet Fund Alliance) – Our own animal control officer stated “Kennel is in such abominable condition that the animals cannot be kept clean or in general good health. Flea/insect infestation. This kennel is not structurally sound and poses a health concern for the animals being kept in the facility. Some dogs were found to be in cages that were not of proper size for the dog, making it difficult for the animal to stand and turn around.” I would like to second Mrs. Sordyl’s request for an investigation.

Alicia Long (MI-PACA) Read the Director of Public Services response to PMA’s request for an investigation. “…Any time the animal control officers observed and noted a deficiency the owner came into compliance with the law. …We will continue to monitor this kennel, along with the other kennels we license.”

Courtney Protz-Sanders (MI-PACA) - “Other counties, such as Livingston, handle animal cruelty complaints and shut down puppy mills and hoarders for the safety and health of both the animals and the hoarder. Additionally, the 2013 shelter report from Oakland County further demonstrates that the shelter and animal control need real leadership - a qualified director who cares. In 2013, 363 pets either vanished or died (not euthanized) in the care of this shelter from Jan 1, 2013 until Dec 31, 2013. That's an astounding number and I've never seen anything like it.”

We plan to attend the next Zoning Hearing Thursday, June 19, 2014
3:00 PM
Farmington Hills 47th District Ct
31605 W 11 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
Honorable James B. Brady's Court Room





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