Kennel owner banned from operating

Donna Michelle Lindgren

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Henry “Sonny” Reagan issued a permanent injunction banning the Kountry Kennel from operating a kennel business in the city limits and police jurisdiction of Enterprise on June 4.

This comes after Reagan granted the City of Enterprise’s request for a temporary restraining order against Kountry Kennel that orders immediate temporary closure of the business on May 31.

Donna Michelle Lindgren, 43, of Enterprise was absent from court for the trial by merits. However, Reagan said that Lindgren filed a motion, which the court took to understand as her wanting the injunction hearing to also serve as the final hearing on the matter.

City of Enterprise Attorney Rainer Cotter called Enterprise Police Department officer Sgt. Anthony Phillips to testify as to what the department found during its search warrant execution on May 15.

Phillips said the kennel portion of the residence had been cleaned recently, but the inside of the actual residence, which held approximately 28 animals, was “absolutely disgusting.”

He cited large dogs in small kennels, animals kenneled with urine and dog feces on a minor child’s bed as some of the things found. Phillips said the Department of Human Resources was called because of the conditions.  

The EPD also seized a “severely emaciated” German shepherd dog during the search. Phillips said Lindgren voluntarily signed the dog over and that it’s recovering.

The search warrant execution came after a dog owner who boarded two dogs at the kennel from May 8 to May 12 reported that when the dogs were picked up, they were noticeably unwell and could barely walk with one passing away shortly thereafter, according to an EPD news release.

The business was recently designated as “off-limits” to all military personnel assigned to Fort Rucker and the United States Aviation Center of Excellence by garrison commander Col. Brian Walsh, according to an internal memorandum.

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