Wiregrass kennel under investigation for neglect

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 21, 2019 at 10:25 PM CDT
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An Enterprise kennel is under investigation after a complaint by pet owners who say their dog died because of neglect.

It’s been more than a week since Aubrey and Stephen Held lost their dog Kennedy. She's been with them since she was a puppy on road trips and even when Stephen was deployed to Afghanistan, but this year, they boarded Kennedy and Butkus. A friend had recommended Kountry Kennel Doggie Boarding and Daycare in Coffee County.

“I by no means thought my dog was going to die,” said Aubrey.

Dead - within minutes, of picking her up.

“Yeah they carried her out and they put her in my truck,” said Stephen.

But once they got home things took a turn for the worse.

“She took two to three steps and she literally collapsed,” said Aubrey.

They contacted Donna Lindgren, the owner of Kountry Kennel.

“I called Donna and she tells me that Kennedy and Butkas was in perfect health,” said Aubrey.

The Helds say their vet suggested maybe a heat stroke or an overdose of the anxiety medication Kennedy was already taking.

“I went down to city hall to file a huge report. I filed a police report and I also filed a report with animal control,” said Aubrey.

Enterprise Police have confirmed to WTVY that there is enough evidence to prompt an investigation into why this couple’s dog died.

“She let my dog get so severely unhealthy that she died. So I think she should be held accountable for that,” said Aubrey.

The Helds are waiting for autopsy report before deciding to file a civil lawsuit against Donna.

In the meantime, Fort Rucker issued a memo instructing its staff not to use Kountry Kennel, warning of punishment if they do.

We reached out to Donna Lindgren to get her side of the story. Initially, she told us she would speak with us but then declined saying, "I will have my day in court to tell my story."

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