During this recent visit to the facility, the CAPS investigator reportedly saw 45 dogs and four puppies on the property, but "could hear more just out of view. Paint peeled from the wooden and wire cages. Feces covered the floors. There were dogs with missing eyes. Dogs with injured feet. And a German shepherd with a bloody swollen ear, limply hanging, and a gash across her bleeding nose."
Three out of four USDA inspection reports for the facility said the facility was without violations. A USDA license, however, often doesn't mean much, as USDA standards can be infamously low. As the ASPCA notes, it's still entirely legal "to keep a dog in a cage only 6 inches longer than the dog in each direction, with a wire floor, stacked on top of another cage, for the dog's entire life."
The USDA inspects its licensed facilities only once a year, on average. In May of this year, the USDA found 146 animals at the Van Wyk facility, where the sick puppy at Barkworks came from.