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USDA finds new violation at David J. Yoder's dog breeding facility


A new wave of controversy is washing over the dog kennel operations in Winona County. A new USDA report shows that less than one month after the six breeders were granted permits to operate, one farm had more sick dogs.

Just a few weeks ago we really delved into this situation that has sparked protests and harsh backlash toward the county.

Every government entity we spoke to told us these breeders had cleaned up their operations, but just days after they were granted permits, the USDA found dogs not properly taken care of on one farm.

The latest inspection done on January 20th on David J. Yoder's farm found one violation for veterinary care.

The inspection, done by Animal Care Inspector Kevin Wilken, reports that four dogs' eyes were apparently “clearly bothering” them. Three of them had a mucous discharge and were squinting.

A fourth reportedly had a white spot on her eye and was squinting.

Yoder apparently told the inspector that one dog hadn't been seen by a veterinarian since last year.

David J. Yoder was one of six commercial dog breeders granted permits to operate in the county. He is also licensed and inspected by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

None of the other five farms that were granted permits have recent violations with the USDA, except for Menno Bontrager, who is not licensed.

For our full investigation into this subject, click here.

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