Shih tzu, poodle were emaciated, lethargic

Name withheld by USDA, believed to be Tim Galeazzi. 

Inspector found emaciated shih tzu nursing six puppies and emaciated poodle who appeared “depressed and lethargic” with little body fat or muscle, puppies on unsafe wire flooring.

In November 2017, a USDA inspector found two severely underweight dogs at Double G Kennels. Both dogs, according to the inspection report, had “an emaciated body condition” with little to no body fat or muscle, and hips, backbone, ribs and shoulder blades that were “prominent and easily felt.”

The underweight dogs were noted as a “direct” violation. In addition, the shih tzu, a female, was found nursing six puppies. Her low body weight potentially put both mother and puppies at risk. The poodle, also a female, appeared “depressed and lethargic,” according to the USDA report.

Neither dog had been evaluated by a veterinarian for their poor body condition.

In addition to the two underweight animals, inspectors found a potential burn risk in some of the enclosures, where four adult dogs and approximately 18 puppies were found near heat lamps that were close enough for them to touch, and 23 puppies were found housed in unsafe enclosures that allowed their feet and legs to pass through the wire flooring—a significant risk for entrapment or injury.

In March 2018, USDA inspectors returned to the operation, and found a repeat violation for another veterinary issue: a Chihuahua was found with “excessively long” nails that were “starting to develop a severe curve.” Overgrown nails, according to the inspection report, could “interfere with the ability of the dog to stand normally and can get caught in the wire cage flooring causing injury to the dog’s foot.”

In addition, the inspector found some dogs in the whelping area who did not have adequate head space.

Double G Kennels holds a USDA Class B dealer license, which means it is licensed to sell puppies bred by others (for example, to pet stores) in addition to puppies raised on its own property.

The operation also sells puppies through its own website and via PuppyFind.com, a website the Humane Society has repeatedly linked to problem puppy mills.

USDA license number unknown; state No. 11164. Photos from USDA inspections were unavailable.

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