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Case ID: 5806
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Sep 30, 2005

County: Benton

Disposition: Not Charged

Person of Interest: unknown

Hundreds of dogs may be neglected and in need of care at a home in Benton County, according to friends of a local dog breeder. The sign outside a home on 27th Avenue in Benton County reads Sun Valley Kennel.

"Their hair is all matted they're filthy and its getting out of hand," said Owen Miller.

But many, including Miller say it's far from being a reputable business.

"Some of the homes were make-shift boxes, refrigerators, anything made of aluminum or tin," described Miller of the Dog's kennels.

Miller unexpectedly saw what he calls severely neglected animals while visiting the kennel.

"I was there to investigate a trailer to do some repair work on," said Miller.

Now he wants to speak out in an attempt to save the dogs.

Benton County sheriffs say they've responded to numerous complaints of animal neglect at the kennel, dating back 20 years.

According to sheriffs, the owner of the kennel does have a license to run the business. In order for the kennel to be cited, sheriffs would need proof of animal cruelty.

But Miller says he's seen enough proof that the animals need to be rescued.

"It's getting to be a pretty sad sight," said Miller.


  • KNDU - Oct 21, 2005

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