This story is the first in a series of stories examining care in dog breeding kennels and the role laws and enforcement play in a local setting.
By Ann Wickett & Beverly Puhalla
“I am not a puppy mill, I am a kennel,” said Linda Hager of Crab Orchard as she offered to explain her business, Crab Orchard Kennels.
Hager has been under attack in social media accusing her of running a “puppy mill” and neglecting her dogs. Neighbors Becky and Dave Zyla take issue with how Hager and her companion Ed Ruyle have cared for the dogs. The Zylas became more alarmed when they became aware of the kennel being listed on the Humane Society of United States report “Horrible Hundred; Problem Puppy Mills in the United States.” (www.humansociety.org)