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Old 09-17-2010, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your post below was in rebuttal to the comment made by pattym, also below. As you have explicitly clarified the number of dogs you have, I will assume you are disputing the reference to 600 dogs. Are you stating the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Kennel Inspection Report is false?

from the 2010 Reports:

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Kimbertal Kennels Breeding

Inspection Date: 4/15/2010
Inspected by: Reed, Kristen
License Year / Class: 2010 CK6: 501 or more dogs per year
On Premises: 54
During License Term: 178
Previous 12 months: 602

Comments: The inspection of the kennel took place on April 15, 2010. A total of 33 adults and 21 puppies were located on the premises at the time of the inspection. The kennel's 2010 license was viewed along with the rabies certification letter and exemption letter for records on "unofficial" forms. The inspection was performed with SDW Donmoyer.

The inspection of April 15, 2010 is as follows:
The kennel was in compliance with all provisions of the ACT and its regulations at the date and time of the inspection.

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Inspection Date: 2/23/2010
Inspected by: Bunt, Edward
License Year / Class: 2010 CK6: 501 or more dogs per year
On Premises: 99
During License Term: 88
Previous 12 months: 602

Comments: A total of 22 adult dogs and 77 puppies were located on the premises at the time of inspection. 2010 kennel license is pending in Harrisburg. Inspection was performed with DLO Joe Loughlin. Kennel is in compliance with all PA regulations as of the date and time of this inspection.

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Kimbertal Kennels Boarding & Training

Inspection Date: 2/26/2010
Inspected by: Loughlin, Joseph
License Year / Class: 2010 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 14
During License Term: 13
Previous 12 months: 150

Comments: A total of 14 adult dog and 0 puppies were located on the premises at the time of inspections. License for 2010 pending in Harrisburg.

**Actions directed to be taken below are not all that may be required of the kennel operator to come into compliance. The kennel operator is responsible for taking any and all actions necessary to come into compliance.

21.21(a) Maintenance - There is cracks in the guillotine doors in several of the outside runs. The doors are also chewed.

This Warden directs the kennel owner to take the following actions.

Repair all cracks in the guillotine doors.

21.29(a) Excreta - Wardens observed excreta in and under primary enclosure which had not been removed daily.

This Warden directs the kennel owner to take the following actions.

Excreta shall be removed from the primary enclosure, including any floor area or ground surface beneath the primary enclosure on a daily basis.
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Well, hearsay is not reliable and should not be be passed on as gospel. We have three rottweiler studs and six doberman studs that reside at the kennel. All our females live in homes with their families on a one litter back contract. Then they belong to their families.
We currently have about 10 rottweiler pups and about 10 doberman pups here for sale. Because we are a commercial kennel and produce pups for sale we are called a puppy mill. We have no wire cages or females bred repeatedly. We have won lawsuits against those using that term because most judges picture the 60 minutes version as a puppymill so it is considered slander to call a breeder that who does not fit the publics impression of a puppy mill. We are far from that except in the tons of hearsay found on this forum. Anne
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Kimbertal has been mass producing Dobermans pretty much for the last 40 years. I have read that they now have in excess of 600 dogs. If you don't mind getting a factory produced pet for your home or supporting this kind of treatment of animals, knock yourself out. If that's the kind of dog for you, why spend the thousands of $$$ for one when apparently lots of them are dumped in rescues after their nitwit owners lose interest and move on to the next thing they have to have right away. Not much screening done by factories in placing their product. I guess it's just give me your money and here's the dog.

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From the 2009 Reports:

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Kimbertal Kennels Breeding
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/30/2009
Inspected by: Delenick, Drew
License Year / Class: 2009 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 49
During License Term: 351
Previous 12 months: 664

Comments: At the time of inspection there were 31 adult dogs and 18 puppies. Exemption letter to keep records on non state forms and rabies certification letter were viewed. Inspection performed with SDW Siddons.

**Actions directed to be taken below are not all that may be required of the kennel operator to come into compliance. The kennel operator is responsible for taking any and all actions necessary to come into compliance.

21.29(c) Housekeeping/Pests - There were several runs that had paint chipping off the floor. Several outdoor runs had exposed wood and multiple doggie doors were chewed and splintered. A few dog runs had cracks/holes in the concrete.

This warden directs the kennel owner to take the following action(s):

Kennel owner must scrape up chipping paint and then seal or cover floors. Any exposed wood must be sealed and doggie doors replaced or repaired. Kennel owner must also fill any cracks/holes in the outside dog runs.

*Warning Issued

Recheck to be done at a later date.

*******************************
Inspection Date: 8/31/2009
Inspected by: Horst, Megan
License Year / Class: 2009 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 74
During License Term: 394
Previous 12 months: 664

Comments: The inspection took place on August 31, 2009. There were 21 adult dogs and 53 puppies located on the premises at the time of inspection. The 2009 kennel license was viewed in a conspicuous place. The rabies self certification letter and exemption letter to keep records on non state forms were viewed. Warden David Wright and Supervisor Rickee Miller assisted with the inspection.

The kennel was in compliance with all PA kennel regulations as of the date and time of this inspection.

21.29c / Act 207b

This previous unsatisfactory has been corrected. All areas of the kennel have been repaired. the chews and splintered doors have been repaired and replaced.

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Inspection Date: 11/17/2009
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2009 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 90
During License Term: 517
Previous 12 months: 664

Comments: Inspection performed with Supervisor D. Buhl. At the time of this inspection, there were 17 adult dogs and 73 puppies at the kennel. This kennel sells their dogs as retail.

Act 409(d) Vet Check - A vet check was ordered for a red Doberman Pinscher named "Elisir" for callused areas on hips and sore areas on feet. The kennel operator complied with this request. Documentation received in the Regional Office from Ludwig's Corner Vet Hospital. Ad additional red male, in the third pen, left side of the building has lick sores on his hip. The kennel operator provided documentation for ongoing vet care for this dog.

Act 207(h)(2)(x) Primary Enclosure - Flooring -- All dogs are kept at ground level, with solid flooring. There is no wire flooring.

Act 207(h)(14)(iv) Sanitation - Method -- The kennel operator uses bleach and steam cleaning.

Act 207 (i)(8) Veterinary Exam Schedule -- The kennel operator confirmed all dogs were examined in July 2009.


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Kimbertal Kennels Boarding & Training
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/30/2009
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2009 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 5
During License Term: 102
Previous 12 months: 200

Comments: At the time of inspection there were 5 adult dogs at the kennel. Exemption letter to keep records on non state forms was viewed. Inspection was performed with D. Delenick.

**Actions directed to be taken below are not all that may be required of the kennel operator to come into compliance. The kennel operator is responsible for taking any and all actions necessary to come into compliance.

21.29(c) Housekeeping/Pests - There were several runs that had paint chipping off the floor. Several outdoor runs had exposed wood and multiple doggie doors were chewed and splintered. A few dog runs had cracks/holes in the concrete.

This warden directs the kennel owner to take the following action(s):

Kennel owner must scrape up chipping paint and then seal or cover floors. Any exposed wood must be sealed and doggie doors replaced or repaired. Kennel owner must also fill any cracks/holes in the outside dog runs.

*Warning Issued

Recheck to be done at a later date.

*******************************

Inspection Date: 9/15/2009
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2009 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 8
During License Term: 117
Previous 12 months: 200

Comments: At the time of inspection there were 8 adult boarders at the kennel. The record keeping exemption letter was viewed. A Vet check was ordered on "Ranger". The Vet appointment and diagnosis was completed on 9/16/2009. This is a reinspection from 7/30/2009. All unstatisfactories have been corrected:

The kennel floor has been repainted; the doggie doors have been repaired/replaced; the exposed wood has been sanded smooth and repainted; the side rails have been covered in metal and painted; the concrete cracks have been repaired.

This kennel is in compliance with all Pennsylvania kennel regulation, as of the date and time of this inspection.

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Inspection Date: 11/17/2009
Inspected by: Buhl, Diane
License Year / Class: 2009 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 4
During License Term: 150
Previous 12 months: 200

Comments: Inspection was done on November 17, 2009 with SDW Siddons.
There were 4 adult dogs boarding at the time of inspection. this kennel does not board to the public. It only boards dogs that are there to breed or are co-owned by the kennel owner.
Kennel was in compliance at date of inspection.

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Kimbertal Kennel
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/30/2009
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2009 K1: 50 dogs or less per year
On Premises: 1
During License Term: 1
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments: This is a closing inspection. The kennel license and the closing application have been forwarded to the Regional Office by this Warden. There is one adult dog at the kennel. Inspection performed with D. Delenick
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I'm so sorry... but this is just awful. I don't even know what to say right now... granted they fixed the problems they were warned about, but to have THAT many dogs? it's like Hoarding.
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Sorry, not 600 dogs but it's 602 dogs. If that's not mass producing dog I don't know what is. Don't remember calling you a puppy mill but if the shoe fits what can I say.
So you prefer the term "commercial breeder"? OK, I got my Freddie from a commercial breeder. He shows his dogs, he titles his dogs, he breeds his bitches top outside studs and at last count he has produced 26 puppies this year. How many titles have you put on any of your dogs yourself? How many of your bitches in the last 40 years have you bred to top producing outside stud dogs of the day? AND for the 64$$$$$ question, how many puppies have you produced so far this year??

AND for the 600lb gorilla in the room, what responsibility do you take for all of your dogs that end up in rescues? Commercial breeder huh? Looks like a puppy mill to me. Go ahead and sue me.
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Kimbertal Kennels Breeding
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/16/2008
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2008 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 89
During License Term: 363
Previous 12 months: 718

Comments: #1 inspection for 2008; Viewed 2008 kennel license; Vieewed record keeping letter; Vet = Ludwigs Corner

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Inspection Date: 10/3/2008
Inspected by: Delenick, Drew
License Year / Class: 2008 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 55
During License Term: 543
Previous 12 months: 718

Comments: Inspection done with Kristen Donmoyer.....Viewed 2008 license.....viewed exemption letter to keep records on non state forms.....viewed rabies certification letter.....2nd inspection for 2008

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Kimbertal Kennels Boarding & Training
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/16/2008
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2008 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 5
During License Term: 107
Previous 12 months: 156

Comments:

*******************************
Inspection Date: 10/3/2008
Inspected by: Donmoyer, Kristen
License Year / Class: 2008 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 9
During License Term: 169
Previous 12 months: 156

Comments: Second inspection for 2008... A total of 9 dogs on the property for boarding section of kennel... Viewed 2008 license... Viewed exemption letter to keep records on "unofficial forms"... Inspection done with Drew Delenick...

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Kimbertal Kennel
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 7/16/2008
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2008 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments: Inspected w/ Kathy Andrews; #1 inspection for 2008; Viewed 2008 kennel license

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Inspection Date: 10/3/2008
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2008 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments: Second inspection for 2008... Viewed 2008 license... Inspection done with Drew Delenick...
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I'm so sorry... but this is just awful. I don't even know what to say right now... granted they fixed the problems they were warned about, but to have THAT many dogs? it's like Hoarding.
No, apparently it's just "retail".
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Where do the registration authorities stand with people like Kimbertal. Surely the authorities promote responsible breeding.....or do they, or is it just more income for them.

73 puppies ? how can anyone cope with 73 puppies. A normal litter of 6 is a full time job. Not only that can homes be found for 73 puppies ?

This is a worse story than any I've heard in Europe
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Kimbertal Kennels Breeding
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 4/5/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 105
During License Term: 187
Previous 12 months: 546

Comments:

*******************************
Inspection Date: 7/3/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 67
During License Term: 370
Previous 12 months: 622

Comments:

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Inspection Date: 11/10/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 99
During License Term: 634
Previous 12 months: 699

Comments:

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Kimbertal Kennels Boarding & Training
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 4/5/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 BK3: 11-25 dogs at any time
On Premises: 15
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

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Inspection Date: 7/3/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 BK3: 11-25 dogs at any time
On Premises: 8
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

*******************************
Inspection Date: 11/10/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 BK3: 26 or more dogs at any time
On Premises: 3
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

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Kimbertal Kennel
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 4/5/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments: Animal Control

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Inspection Date: 7/3/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

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Inspection Date: 11/10/2007
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2007 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments: Inspected with R. Martrich
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As it is too late to edit my posts, I wanted to add clarification to the numbers for "on premises", "during license term", and "previous 12 months". Those refer to the number of dogs sold / boarded / adopted / transferred / returned to owner.
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From the 2006 Reports:

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Kimbertal Kennels Breeding
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 3/14/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 72
During License Term: 122
Previous 12 months: 481

Comments:

*******************************
Inspection Date: 10/4/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 CK5: 251-500 dogs per year
On Premises: 46
During License Term: 366
Previous 12 months: 154

Comments: Lid on food container. Do not fill feeders unless dogs housed.

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Kimbertal Kennels Boarding & Training
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 3/14/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 BK3: 11-25 dogs at any time
On Premises: 6
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

*******************************
Inspection Date: 10/4/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 BK3: 11-25 dogs at any time
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

Comments:

*******************************
Kimbertal Kennel
151 FORD ROAD
KIMBERTON PA 19442
County: CHESTER

Inspection Date: 3/14/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

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*******************************
Inspection Date: 10/4/2006
Inspected by: Siddons, Maureen
License Year / Class: 2006 NP: Non-Profit
On Premises: 0
During License Term: 0
Previous 12 months: 0

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As it is too late to edit my posts, I wanted to add clarification to the numbers for "on premises", "during license term", and "previous 12 months". Those refer to the number of dogs sold / boarded / adopted / transferred / returned to owner.
that's still absolutelt REDICULOUS.
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Where do the registration authorities stand with people like Kimbertal. Surely the authorities promote responsible breeding.....or do they, or is it just more income for them.

73 puppies ? how can anyone cope with 73 puppies. A normal litter of 6 is a full time job. Not only that can homes be found for 73 puppies ?

This is a worse story than any I've heard in Europe
The reports I quoted are from the "authorities", the Pennsylvania State Department of Agriculture to be exact. Regardless of what any of the inspection officers may think / feel personally, so long as the kennel is meets the designated criteria they can continue with business as usual.

And yes, apparently homes can be found for 73 puppies and then some as Kimbertal now has in excess of 600 dogs cycling through within a 12 month time frame.
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Oh my gosh! That's nuts! I can't believe the numbers.........
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Very well said. And just a point of clarification, per the current license they can hold in excess of 500 dogs per year.

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Inspected by: Reed, Kristen
License Year / Class: 2010 CK6: 501 or more dogs per year

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What I DO know is this:

1- They are licensed to hold up to 500 dogs at any given time
2- They place working breed dogs in homes with no prior screening
3- Their contract only gives the illusion of buyer protection
4- They do not stand by their dogs and regularly let dogs they produce rot in shelters
5- They are a commercial breeder
6- They use deceptive marketing

Any one of these would dissuade me from ever posting anything positive about them. Maybe you are of a different mind set and can more readily except the dogs-as-product concept.



Again, providing a *positive* experience IS an endorsement. Despite your motivations, that is how it is interpreted. Not sure why that has become so difficult to grasp. There a plenty of people that are happy with their ktal dogs and post in these threads. The difference is that they post with a caveat: "I purchased before I knew better, I love my dog but would not recommend them, etc etc."
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OMG....that is absolutely CRAZY!!! I cannot even imagine what that would be like! It's just mind boggling...500+ dogs at ONE TIME???
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OMG....that is absolutely CRAZY!!! I cannot even imagine what that would be like! It's just mind boggling...500+ dogs at ONE TIME???
As the license states per year, I think it is unlikely that they tend to have that many dogs on the premises at a given time. If you read the reports, the number of dogs on the premises at the time of inspection is provided and seems to top out around 100. I find that number alone ridiculous, but it's still not 500 dogs at one time.
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I like the way that shill for Kimbertal (what's her name? Anne or something?) disappears when the actual annual numbers starts getting posted.
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As the license states per year, I think it is unlikely that they tend to have that many dogs on the premises at a given time. If you read the reports, the number of dogs on the premises at the time of inspection is provided and seems to top out around 100. I find that number alone ridiculous, but it's still not 500 dogs at one time.
True, but I guess what I meant is that, for whatever reason, they felt the need to be approved to hold more than 500+ dogs at one time. Yikes!

Also, are those inspections just a point in time? I'm not sure how they work, but if they are a point in time, then it would be possible that at some other time during the year, they could have signficantly more dogs on site at the same time.
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True, but I guess what I meant is that, for whatever reason, they felt the need to be approved to hold more than 500+ dogs at one time. Yikes!

Also, are those inspections just a point in time? I'm not sure how they work, but if they are a point in time, then it would be possible that at some other time during the year, they could have signficantly more dogs on site at the same time.
The license is not just for the number of dogs on the premises, but for the number of dogs sold in a calendar year.

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Description[Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement]

Act 119, the new dog law, was signed into law by Governor Rendell on October 8, 2008. This legislation was enacted to help Pennsylvania to rid its reputation as the 'Puppy Mill Capitol of the East.' The updated law is designed to greatly improve the treatment dogs receive while in commercial kennels. Under the old law, dogs could spend their entire lives in cramped, stacked cages with no opportunity to exercise and very little care, but no more. Now, dogs will benefit from larger cage sizes without wire flooring, and mandatory exercise periods and care by a trained veterinarian. The Canine Health Board was also established by Act 119 of 2008 to develop guidelines for commercial dog kennels in Pennsylvania. These improvements will help to ensure that the pets' families one day welcome into their home will be happier and healthier.

General Rules of Licensure:

Any person who keeps or operates a kennel shall, on or before January 1 of each year, apply to the department for a Kennel License. A kennel is defined as any establishment in or through which at least 26 dogs are kept or transferred in a calendar year, or a boarding kennel. Kennels shall be classified by type and the fee for the license shall be determined by kennel type, the number of dogs housed, kept, harbored, boarded, sheltered, sold, given away or transferred in or by the kennel. A separate license shall be required for each type of kennel and every location at which a kennel is kept or operated. When two or more licensed kennels are operated by the same person at the same location, each kennel shall be inspected and licensed. Kennel license applications must be renewed annually and applications must be received by January 1. All kennel licenses expire on December 31 of each calendar year.

Kennel Types (Definitions):

Kennel - Any establishment in or through which at least 26 dogs are kept or transferred in a calendar year, or a boarding kennel as defined in this act.

Private Kennel - A kennel not meeting the definition of "commercial kennel" where dogs are kept or bred by their owner, for the purpose of hunting, tracking and exhibiting in dog shows, performance events or field and obedience trials.

Pet Shop Kennel - Any kennel or person that acquires and sells dogs for the purpose of resale, whether as owner, agent or consignee, and sells or offers to sell such dogs on a retail basis.

Dealer Kennel - A kennel operating within the Commonwealth which:

publicly or privately sells or offers for sale any dog as an owner, agent or assignee for a fee, commission or percentage of the sale price;
transfers dogs at wholesale for resale to another; or
offers or maintains dogs at wholesale for resale to another. The term does not include a pound, shelter or common carrier or a kennel defined elsewhere in this section.

Rescue Network Kennel - A kennel that utilizes rescue network kennel homes with the goal of ultimately transferring the dog to a permanent owner or keeper through any means of transfer.

Research Kennel - Any Federal research kennel or other research kennel duly registered with and inspected by the Federal Government under the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (Public Law 89-544, 7U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) and its attendant regulations.

Boarding Kennel - Any establishment available to the general public where a dog or dogs are housed for compensation by the day, week or a specified or unspecified time. The term shall not include a kennel where the practice of veterinary medicine is performed if the kennel is covered by the provisions of the act of December 27, 1974 (P.L. 995, No. 326), known as the "Veterinary Medicine Practice Act." The term shall include any establishment available to the general public that, for consideration, takes control of dog(s) from the owner for a portion of a day for the purposes of exercise, day care or entertainment of the dog. For the purpose of this term, each time a dog enters the kennel it shall be counted as one dog. This term does not include any establishment engaged in only dog grooming or dog training. The term shall include any boarding facility physically detached from the veterinary practice which is operated by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine, whether or not this facility is on the same premises as a building or structure subject to the provisions of the "Veterinary Medicine Practice Act."

Non-Profit Kennel - A kennel registered under the law of this Commonwealth as a nonprofit entity or a nonprofit animal control kennel under sections 901 and 1002. The term shall include kennels operated by approved medical and veterinary schools and nonprofit institutions conducting medical and scientific research, which shall be required to register, but shall not be required to pay any of the license fees set by this act, and which may use their own identification tags for dogs within their kennels without being required to attach tags hereinafter prescribed while dogs are within such kennels, if approved by the secretary.

Commercial Kennel - A kennel that breeds or whelps dogs and:

sells or transfers any dog to a dealer or pet shop-kennel, or
sells or transfers more than 60 dogs per calendar year.

Dealer - A person who:

publicly or privately sells or offers for sale any dog belonging to another person for consideration, a fee or a commission or percentage of the sale price,transfers dogs at wholesale for resale to another, or

offers or maintains dogs at wholesale for resale to another.

Out-of-State Dealer - A person who does not reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who:

Sells or offers for sale a dog in this Commonwealth belonging to another person, for any type of consideration, fee, commission or percentage of the sales price; or
transfers a dog in this Commonwealth for resale to another or any type of consideration, fee, commission or percentage of the sales price.

Pennsylvania Kennel Inspections:

Kennel inspections records are available online in the Kennel Inspection Database.

*NOTE: you will need to enable pop-ups to view kennel inspection reports

Unsatisfactory Kennels:

The bureau offers a confidential Toll-Free Dog Law Tip-line to report unsatisfactory kennel conditions.
Call 1-877-DOG-TIP1 (1-877-364-8471).

Kennel Closings:

A Kennel Closing application must be submitted in order to close a licensed kennel. Once received, a dog warden will perform closing inspection to officially close the kennel. Kennel owners who desire to voluntarily close their kennel should feel free to consult with the Bureau / your dog warden for help in re-homing kennel dogs. We are very willing to provide assistance in locating opportunities for placement of dogs.

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In the State of PA Commercial Kennels are not required to have documented exercise plans.

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Yes, all kennels (except commercial kennels) need to put in writing how they exercise their dogs. Describe if the dogs get exercise in their runs, an exercise yard, walked on a leash, etc. Have your veterinarian approve, sign and date the plan, and include their veterinarian license number.

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1) Kennel Class - Kennels meeting the definition of any of the following "Types" fall under this category of kennels:

Kennel, Private Kennel, Pet-Shop Kennel, Dealer Kennel, Rescue Network Kennel and Research Kennel.

2) Boarding Kennel Class - A kennel "Type" meeting the definition of a Boarding Kennel.

The classification (I-III) under this type of kennel is determined by dog numbers.

3) Nonprofit Kennel Class - A kennel "Type" meeting the definition of a Nonprofit Kennel.

4) Commercial Kennel Class - A kennel "Type" meeting the definition of a Commercial Kennel.

The classification (I-VI) under this type of kennel is determined by dog numbers.

5) Dealer and Out-of-State Dealer Class - Kennel "Types" meeting the definition of a Dealer or Out-of-State Dealer.

The classification (I-VI) under this type of kennel is determined by dog numbers.

D. Type and Class of Kennel License

Kennel Type - The Type of kennel license shall be based on the definition under which the applicant's kennel falls.

Kennel Class - The kennel Class shall be based on the cumulative number of dogs housed, kept, harbored, boarded or sheltered in the kennel during the previous year, PLUS, the number of dogs sold, given away or transferred by the kennel.

New Kennels - For a new kennel with no previous history, the kennel Class shall be based on the number of dogs housed, kept, harbored, boarded or sheltered in the kennel during the previous year, PLUS, an estimate of the number of dogs that will be sold, given away or transferred by the kennel.

Change of Type or Class during the Kennel Licensure Year - If the kennel "Type" or "Class" changes during the licensure year, the kennel owner shall notify the department of the change and files a new kennel license application within 7 days of the change.

http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/p...ange%20App.pdf
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Even well-known breeders sell puppies with genetic problems. Kimbertal Kennels in Kimberton, Chester County, is a nationally known breeder whose customers include Phillies pitchers Curt Schilling and Danny Jackson. Kimbertal customers don't complain of parvo or distemper or of unclean kennels. While there are satisfied customers, there have been numerous complaints about genetic problems.

John LePere of Swedesboro, Gloucester County, paid $350 for a purebred rottweiler puppy from Kimbertal that was so wild LePere gave him away after six months. LePere said he later learned the dog's parents were brother and sister -- inbreeding that experts say leads to genetic problems. Kimbertal owner Robert G. Yarnall Jr. said the inbreeding was accidental.

No state or federal agency is charged with monitoring genetic problems. The state Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement has responsibility to ensure that dogs are raised in good conditions. Agriculture officials and legislators say the agency has done little to stop problems.

The reason, they say, is that the department has conflicting responsibilities: to help farmers economically, and to inspect kennels. The department's priority is to support the economic health of farmers -- which comes before protecting the health of dogs, inspectors say.

John LePere said he didn't know the reason for his rottweiler's wild behavior until he got a copy of Buster's family background.

The papers showed what LePere and his vet had suspected: Buster was the product of close inbreeding. His parents were brother and sister; his two grandparents produced both his father and mother; his great-grandparents included a female bred to her father and a male bred to his half sister. LePere bought the dog for $350 from Kimbertal Kennel, which assured him that the puppy was well-bred. "I could tell all along that he wasn't right,'' said LePere, who bought Buster on Feb. 17, 1990, and named him for James "Buster'' Douglas, the heavyweight conqueror of Mike Tyson.

The dog was skittish, LePere said, and would flare up with no provocation. LePere said he gave up on Buster at six months of age when the 110-pound rottweiler bit his father-in-law in the hand.

"The dog knew my father-in-law,'' LePere said. "He was leaving, and all of a sudden Buster growls at him and bites him on the hand. He just freaked out.''

LePere's vet, Mark F. Magazu, had suggested that inbreeding may be causing Buster's erratic behavior. For months, LePere pressed Kimbertal Kennels to send him the pedigree. LePere got it six months after he gave Buster to a shelter.

In an interview, Yarnall, Kimbertal's manager, said the inbreeding was "an accident.'' He said much of it occurred at Kimbertal before he became manager in 1984. Inbreeding used to be encouraged, he said, though it isn't considered good practice now. Kimbertal at first offered to exchange the dog for another. LePere refused because he believed Buster would be put to death. He said he also didn't want to have a similar experience with another Kimbertal dog.

"I've never seen an animal as hyper and wild as this one,'' LePere wrote in a complaint to the Tri-State Humane Associations. "I'm not seeking any compensation for my poor misjudgment of Kimbertal.''

The Pennsylvania SPCA lists Kimbertal as one of the state's top three sources of dog complaints. The agency compiles its data by asking vets statewide to identify their clients' most serious complaints. Those customers fill out and return complaint forms.

Kimbertal, which rejects such criticism, styles itself as the nation's largest kennel of show-quality Dobermans and rottweilers.

Yarnall, a leader among kennel owners, said he has sold dogs to 274 celebrities, from boxer Muhammad Ali to singer Chubby Checker. Yarnall said complaint files don't show the majority of customers who are happy. Among Kimbertal's satisfied clients is Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling, who bought Slugger, now a 185-pound rottweiler. "He's been completely healthy,'' Schilling said.

Channel 6 reporter Dann Cuellar said his family has two dogs from Kimbertal, and both are healthy.

Kimbertal's critics say that while the kennel is clean, it breeds many dogs with genetic problems that end up in shelters. Sharon Schiele, president of Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Assistance, said at least 25 percent of dogs reaching the rescue group have been Kimbertal dogs or had Kimbertal bloodlines.

Barnes, of the Chester County SPCA, said of Kimbertal: "I see a lot of their animals with hip dysplasia, especially rottweilers.'' Kimbertal raises its dogs by placing pregnant females with families; they get to keep the dog after giving the kennel two litters.

Kimbertal starts to breed females at 18 months -- too young to detect genetic problems such as hip dysplasia, experts say.

Yarnall said he does preliminary X-rays, which he considers reliable. He also said the breeder arrangement with families helps socialize puppies because they are raised in a home instead of a kennel.

"Those who condemn us happen to be our competitors,'' he said. "They'd give their right eye to own this place.''

Philadephia Online -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Page One -- Copyright Sunday, December 10, 1995
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I'm so sorry... but this is just awful. I don't even know what to say right now... granted they fixed the problems they were warned about, but to have THAT many dogs? it's like Hoarding.
It's not hoarding.. It's just being a breeding kennel for the MONEY.
A horder is a sick person and thinks they are caring for the animals properly.
They are not sick people just hungry for money and their dogs are just treated like live stock... So sad..
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