By Linda Kor
John Banker, the owner of Windflower Ranch Kennels in Taylor, went before Judge Fred Peterson in the Snowflake Justice Court Dec. 4, where it was decided that a pre-trial hearing between the prosecution and the defense charges being brought against Banker regarding the kennel will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Banker was cited on Nov. 5 with 92 counts of Taylor Town Code violations for having unlicensed dogs, a Class 1 misdemeanor. The incident arose when an individual who purchased a dog from the kennel contacted police with his concerns regarding conditions at the kennel.
The Snowflake/Taylor animal control officer visited the property in October and found 93 dogs were being kept on the property, six of them were puppies under four months of age and most of the dogs were of a large breed. The Taylor Town Code states that all dogs over four months of age must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. According to the animal control officer’s report, although the dogs appeared fed and the conditions clean, none of the dogs in Banker’s facility were vaccinated or licensed. In addition, the report stated that Banker is operating the business without a kennel license, which is required by the state.
The officer paid another visit to Windflower Ranch on Nov. 5 requesting to look at the back portion of Banker’s property, where it had been reported to him that there was an open pit where deceased dogs were being discarded. Banker denied having the pit and also denied the officer access to his property.
By Linda Kor