Hearing reveals details of Kountry Kennel investigation

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 4, 2019 at 5:51 PM CDT
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Kountry Kennel in Enterprise is closed for good.

Coffee County Circuit Judge Sonny Reagan has issued a permanent injunction against Kountry Kennel at the request of the city of Enterprise on Tuesday.

Judge Reagan issued a temporary restraining order against the business last week. Following that ruling, business owner Donna Lindgren responded to the court order saying she would no longer operate her business.

Tuesday's ruling will keep Lindgren from changing her mind in the future.

Kountry Kennel can no longer operate inside the City of Enterprise and its police jurisdiction.

"We are pleased with the judge's ruling; it also shows that the city of enterprise takes animal abuse and animal neglect very seriously," said Jason Wright, City of Enterprise Director of Communications.

Inside the courtroom, Enterprise Police Sergeant Anthony Philips testified that the kennel and home threatened people's safety and health.

The investigation started about a month ago after multiple complaints on social media from people like Aubrey Held. She says the kennel is the reason her dog Kennedy is dead and her dog Butkus is still sick weeks later.

“I felt guilty that I took my dog there,” said Held.

Enterprise investigators say the home and kennel were unsanitary, though it looked like someone had tried to clean it recently.

However, inside the trash police found broken kennels and matted dog hair.

There were also 35 dogs in the kennel and home - some covered in urine and feces. Feces was also found on a minor's bed inside.

Sergeant Philips testified the home wasn't even proper living conditions for humans, let alone animals.

Donna Lindgren's husband told police they had cleaned because they knew someone would be coming to investigate after the social media posts caught others' attention.

"Justice is being served," said Held.

Donna Lindgren did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, but Aubrey held knows exactly what she'd say to her:

"I’m glad you are never going to be in business and hurt another dog," said Held.

There is still an ongoing criminal investigation. Lindgren is facing animal cruelty charges.

Plus, during their search investigators found a malnourished German Shepard in the kennel outside. Lindgren signed custody over to authorities. According to Philips, since then, the dog has gained 12 pounds and looks to be recovering.

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