A dog breeder whose license was not renewed in Bradford following complaints about the treatment of animals at his kennel is now breeding and selling dogs in King Township, former employees say.
A dog breeder whose license was not renewed in Bradford after complaints about the treatment of animals at her kennel now breeds and sells dogs in King Township, former employees say.
Animal advocate Donna Power, who operates Ontario Puppy Mills — Stop This Now, had raised concerns that Saint Berdoddle breeder Deborah, whose last name has not been confirmed, was still operating Goliath Kennels in Bradford after stating that it had been permanently closed.
Statutes and animal control officials confirmed that the Town of Bradford West Gwillmbury has not renewed its license to operate as a breeder and is not licensed to sell dogs in Bradford. The city did not provide further details on the decision not to renew the kennel’s license, but did confirm that there have been complaints about the breeder.
Since the publication of story about goliath kennelsNumerous people, including former employees of the kennel, have reached out to report that the kennel is still in business, but with a new name and website, ontariodoodles.com, in Schomberg.
The breeder, Deborah, did not respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this year, Goliath Kennels in Bradford had more than 100 dogs seized from their facility due to inhumane conditions and mistreatment. The dogs were taken in by area rescues and have since found loving homes. Anonymous volunteers from the rescues say that these dogs have health problems.
A former employee who requested anonymity said they once counted 160 breeding dogs in the kennel that was “rat infested, dirty and overcrowded.” The employee took two short videos inside the kennel and shared them with Power, who, with permission, shared them on Facebook. here Y here.
“I know firsthand what goes on at Goliath and what kind of person Deborah is,” said another former employee, who also described the inhumane conditions at the kennel. “I tried to go against her business on my own and talk to the authorities, but no luck.”
Another former employee said the animals were never cared for properly.
“There were at least more than 80 dogs in the section where he worked. He smelled disgusting. His ventilation system didn’t really work. There was only heating in half of the kennel. The dogs did not go out more than once a day. They basically lived in misery,” they said.
One of the employees noted that many of the dogs were very matted, never bathed or groomed, and had untrimmed nails.
“One dog’s nails were so bad they were coming back to his skin,” said one of the former employees. “Many of the dogs also had injuries. Multiple dogs that were injured would not be cared for. They put Swedish bitters in them as a herbal remedy. When I was there a dog had a seizure and they said she passed away on the way to the vet.”
A family who adopted a dog from Goliath Kennels thought Deborah’s way of doing business was strange.
“Deborah let us have a dog for free,” said the anonymous adopter. “She said that she was moving out and that she was no longer going to reproduce.”
The family immediately noticed that the dog had to adjust to sleeping indoors, didn’t know what a treat or toy was, and had no name.
“I felt something was wrong, but I never knew what the place was like because we were never invited,” they said.
Another customer, Mary Ann Coish, called the kennel a “hell hole” and started a Facebook group for Goliath Kennels customers and those who adopted dogs from the rescues that took them to Goliath.
Coish, who adopted one of the dogs from a rescue, said the dog was in bad shape when he first brought it home.
Many members of the Facebook group shared similar problems.
“She (the dog) was infested with fleas in the worst infestation my groomer had ever seen,” said Laura Gillies. She “she was covered in flea droppings. It took two of them three hours to clean it, and then the walls and tub were covered in fleas.”
She said the dog’s teeth were so bad they required cleaning under sedation and one tooth had to be extracted.
“He was urinating blood and smelled like the rhino enclosure at the zoo and his eyes were so full of green pus that it wasn’t apparent how well he could see,” Gillies added.
His vet said the dog’s growth was stunted from being raised at a young age. The dog also has social problems, he was suspicious of men and had anxiety when he was outside..
“The vet said she has had several litters. Having said that, she is a sweet little girl who is learning to trust and she is calm and gentle and I had to adopt her,” said Gillies.
Veterinarians told Goliath Kennels customer Karen Proud that her dog, Bailey, was dealing with issues stemming from a lack of physical care.
“I knew she was from a bad breeding situation, but it wasn’t until I contacted some of the other rescuers that I came to understand how horrible things were for these poor dogs,” Proud said.
“When I first got Bailey, I took her to my vet for a checkup because I felt she was incredibly thin – her spinal bones were very visible under her skin. What they told me was that her weight was not bad, but that she had almost no muscles in her spine, that’s why she was so visible. The cause of that was probably a complete lack of any kind of exercise/movement, an indication that she had spent her life in a pen or cage,” she said.
“Breeders like where she came from should be charged and banned from breeding, or even keeping dogs in the future,” he said.
She said that Bailey is doing better, but still shows signs of abuse.
“She’s absolutely terrified of flashlights at night and she’s scared of all the men too, but she’s living her best life on my 100-acre farm where she can run and play with her brother dogs,” he said.
Lindsey Wallwork and her family adopted one of Goliath Kennels’ dogs, Gary, who is dealing with long-term medical issues.
Originally, Gary’s mouth was roughly shaped, with hot spots. He also had thyroid problems that required daily medication.
“He has a big lump on his butt and the vet thinks it’s from a bite that didn’t get treated,” Wallwork said.
“I was very afraid of parked cars at first and had never climbed stairs before. He was very afraid of men.”
Despite all his problems, he says Gary is a “super sweet dog” and has no regrets about the adoption.
All of the Goliath dog adopters said they consider themselves lucky to have the dogs, but are upset about the way they were raised and want others to be aware of potential puppy mill scams.
“It’s so sad to see,” Gillies said. “These are the lucky ones who have homes and have someone who is able to invest in their health.”