New kennel warning issued to Biden puppy’s breeder

The Chester County kennel where Vice President Joe Biden purchased a German Shepherd puppy last month has been issued a new warning, this time for poor “housekeeping.”

In a Jan. 5 inspection report posted on the Department of Agriculture Web site, Wolf Den Kennel was warned about “an accumulation of food and hair” outside the kennels located inside her house.

Kennel owner Linda Brown of Spring City, was issued two citations in December – the same week Biden bought his six- week-old puppy - for failing to have rabies records for dogs over three months and for failing to properly maintain sales records. Brown also was issued warnings for broken wires in her kennels and for the strong ammonia smell inside her home, as well as excessive cobwebs and open bags of food in a separate kennel area in an outbuilding.

The inspection report indicates that Brown had corrected all the prior problems, but she was directed to clean up the buildings and grounds of the kennel and told that a follow up inspection would be conducted.

Brown, who also operates as JoLindy's German Shepherds, currently has 95 dogs on the property (up from 88 last month) and reported 188 dogs sold in the past 12 months, according to the inspection report.

The two citations issued in December for violating the state dog law were filed in Chester County district court on Jan. 20 and the case is pending, according to court records.

Word of Biden’s dog purchase drew criticism from adoption advocates who questioned why he would buy a dog when so many unwanted dogs are euthanized in shelters. Biden later announced his intention to add a second dog to his family and promised that one would come from a shelter.