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We recently blogged about the hellhole we found at Laughlin Kennel in Oxford. The kennel where the dogs are kept is surrounded by a wooden fence, presumably so the general public cannot see what is happening:
But the dogs bark 24/7 and they are LOUD:
Anyway, after our story about Jennifer Gardner – the woman who previously owned Elite Puppies, which has a long and documented history of selling puppies that get very sick and often die – we began to get flooded with horror stories from this place. We’ll be documenting them in a series of blogs. But for now we wanted to start with a former employee who only agreed to speak with us under the condition of anonymity. Here is a picture he sent us of how the dogs are kept there:
Notice the dog on top is forced to hunch its back because it does not fit in the cage. This is a common thing the kennel allegedly does which leads to serious problems for the dogs as they grow. This is a video of a mastiff with an injured leg which got that way as a direct result of being kept in a cage that was too small for it. Instead of paying to get it fixed, we are told by the former employee, that the dog was put down:
This was allegedly done in order to save money – the dog was costing them more to fix than it would cost to sell it. The former employee claims that there are so many dead that they are put into a “dead dog freezer.” He reports to us that this is a bag of dead puppies at Laughlin Kennels:
Once again, these are allegations. We have reached out to Laughlin Kennel several times for comment but to no avail.
The former employee also reports to us that he witnessed breeding dogs get into a fight, and one of the dogs lost his ear after it was ripped off. According to our source the vet was not called for a week because “they didn’t want an extra vet bill.” Here’s a blurry photograph he took of the dog. Notice the bite marks on the torso and the missing left ear:
Here is a video he took of breeding dogs who are clearly very sick and malnourished, walking around in their own feces:
Perhaps most alarming is his claim that he injected dogs with Amikacin, an antibiotic that must be administered by a licensed professional, and is designed to get rid of kennel cough. Our source was never licensed, but was giving out these vaccinations anyway, under orders of his superiors. He says that he was made to believe that it was perfectly normal, and since he needed a job to support his family, he did as he was told. However, he claims he was led to believe that this was perfectly normal by the owners. Once he discovered some of the dirty secrets of Laughlin Kennel though, he began to go rogue and take pictures and videos. Here is a picture of some of the stuff he was tasked with giving to the dogs:
Here is a partial video of him injecting Amikasin into a sick puppy, which he was not legally allowed to do. We have the whole video but we don’t know how to blur out his face. If you can help us out with that send us an email – [email protected]:
Once again, he claims he did not know it was illegal to do this at the time, and he was just doing the job he was told to do because he trusted that his employers would not make one of their employees do something illegal.
We’ve also been sent stacks of complaints filed with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the regulatory body for kennels. They inspect kennels from time to time, and conveniently the inspectors have found nothing wrong with Laughlin Kennel. Many suspect that they are tipped off ahead of time and get rid of incriminating and illegal things on the premises.
According to another source we spoke with,
“I have a pile of official complaints, some should have resulted in a violation. .. but Laughlin has NEVER been fined… WHY? They purchase their puppies from some of the worst puppy mills. Numerous violations of deplorable conditions. One of their suppliers, Justin and La Nae Jackson has had over 300 dogs on property and have had violations every year… even received and official warning from the USDA. This information is easy to find, but Laughlin continues to buy from them.”
Here are two of the dozens of official complaints that were sent to the MDAR and ignored. This is from a woman who bought a puppy that she was assured was not a puppy mill dog. She paid $2,000 for the dog only to find out she was lied to. Shortly after the dog became deftly ill and died:
Here is a complaint from a neighbor about the things that she has witnessed living near the kennel. According to her, the house was formerly owned by people who raised German shepherd show dogs, and thus had a kennel. When the new owners, the Fink family, moved in, the neighbor claims that they increased the size of the kennel and began breeding and importing dogs in bulk. After that they put the wooden fence up so neighbors couldn’t see what was happening. She claims that no one lives there anymore and it is only used for commercial purposes, but the neighbors have to put up with the barking all night from the sick dogs:
Pretty damning stuff right there. Michael Cahill is the director of the MDAR who is seemingly doing nothing about this place. Here is his email: [email protected] If you think Michael Cahill should get off his ass and do the job he’s paid six figures to do, feel free to shoot him an email.
There is a protest at the house on Larned Rd from 11-4 on Saturday if anyone is interested in participating. Turtleboy finds this all repulsive and in our opinion this place needs to get shut down. It’s disgusting that this is going on and no one seems to give a shit.
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