While Ms. Sollars has presumably netted a pretty penny over the years-she offered a puppy to the investigator, who'd posed as a prospective buyer, for $1000-you wouldn't know it by looking at the place. The grungy, timeworn kennel fails to meet even the AWA's bare minimum requirements:
The investigator observed Black Hawk, an adult male, drinking from a filthy metal washtub filled with green, algae-ridden water. Even more alarming, Black Hawk was actually better off than the other dogs, whose water bowls had frozen over entirely.
- "Shelter from the elements"
Despite freezing temperatures, the dogs had nowhere to escape from the cold, a clear violation of AWA's requirements that facilities have separate shelter structures for each dog and group structures that would at least allow them to sit, stand, or turnabout freely. It was a particularly bleak scene as Mercedes and Eve, though huddled together for warmth, couldn't stop shivering.
- "Prevent accumulation of feces"
Though the AWA requires that enclosures be spot-cleaned daily and sanitized regularly, the dirt kennel floor was hardened from excess feces and urine. The investigator observed dogs navigating their way between piles of feces, and he noted the odor was overwhelming.