• Dog breeder banned from owning kennel after animal control investigation

    By: Craig Lucie

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    HENRY COUNTY, Ga.,None - The state is telling a well-known local dog breeder he will never be able to own a kennel in Henry County again.

    As soon as Channel 2's Craig Lucie walked up to Premier K-9 in Ellenwood, he was told to turn back around. A man shouted at him, "No comment!"

    Premier K-9's owner, Art Washington, has refused to talk to Lucie on camera since animal control officers raided his kennel in August.

    A woman complained to animal control that she couldn't get in touch with anyone at the kennel after boarding her dog there.

    When officers walked around the property they said 61 dogs were living in deplorable conditions.

    "There was fecal matter everywhere. The place was in horrible condition," said Vince Farah with Henry County Animal Control.

    Farah said they also found a dead dog in a bag that had been there for days. Officers issued Washington 17 tickets ranging from failing to provide proper care for animals and unlawful public nuisance.

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    Art Washington pleaded nolo contendere, which means he is not admitting or denying that he is at fault for the way the animals were treated. In addition to his $14,039 in fines, his website has been shut down and is now out of business.

    "In short, he cannot be affiliated with a kennel in Henry County ever again," Farah said.

    The Department of Agriculture has given Washington until the end of the month to return any dogs that he is boarding and are not his to their owners.

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