Judge grants temporary restraining order against Enterprise kennel

A temporary restraining order against a kennel owner charged with cruelty to animals was issued Friday, May 31.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Henry “Sonny” Reagan granted the City of Enterprise’s request for a temporary restraining order against Kountry Kennel that orders immediate temporary closure of the business.

The case is set for preliminary hearing before Reagan in Coffee County Circuit Court June 4.

At issue is the May 17 arrest of Kountry Kennel Owner Donna Michelle Lindgren, 43, of Enterprise, on charges of second-degree cruelty to animals.

The Enterprise Police Department originally launched an investigation into the business May 13 after receiving a report of possible animal abuse at the kennel located on Freedom Drive.

According to an EPD news release, 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.

On May 15, EPD detectives executed a search warrant at Kountry Kennel where the detectives discovered numerous dogs housed in unsanitary living conditions and a German shepherd dog described by EPD as “severely emaciated,” was seized by EPD detectives and animal control.

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.

Fort Rucker Director of Public Affairs Jimmy Cummings offered a statement regarding the memo.

“As of 20 May we put Kountry Kennel Doggie Boarding and Daycare off limits to all Fort Rucker military personnel,” Cummings said. “This course of action was taken because of the undesirable business practices by this company, which is detrimental to the health, safety, good order and discipline of members of the Armed Forces at Fort Rucker.  We have a number of military members that have had some major issues with this company. The garrison commander is authorized to do this in accordance with Armed Forces policy and Army Regulation 190-24. Once the business is prepared to address its business practices, they can petition the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board at Fort Rucker to reconsider this restriction."

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