Dog kennel shut down after failing to meet county ordinances

A Tippecanoe County dog kennel is shut down.
A Tippecanoe County dog kennel is shut down.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A Tippecanoe County dog kennel is shut down after the owner failed to meet several county ordinances.

In June, Sanders Border Collies owner Thurman “Randy” Sanders was given a special exception. He had 30 days to comply with county ordinances then he could keep running his dog kennel. He needed to provide proper ventilation and temperature control for his barn.

“He did not comply with the conditions of the special exception,” area planner Bianca Zaklikowski said. “That’s why our attorney had to proceed with the summary judgment action.”

In a court hearing Thursday, a Tippecanoe County judge ordered Sanders to make the necessary changes to be compliant with county ordinances — not as a kennel, but as a pet owner. Under the agreement Sanders can have no more three adult dogs and only one litter a year. He has 30 days to be compliant, but Sanders said he doesn’t need it.

“I’m in compliance as far as I know,” Sanders said.

The 30 day deadline started Thursday.

“By Sept. 15 he does have to comply with that ordinance,” Zaklikowski said. “The county zoning inspector is going to go out and check the property that he is complying.”

Zaklikowski said now Sanders has two options.

“He can comply with the ordinance and have three dogs or he can comply with the special exception and the conditions of that granted special exception, mechanically ventilated temperature control, and then he’s again back in business,” Zaklikowski said.

For the time being Sanders Border Collies is shut down, leaving Sanders to figure out his next move as a breeder.

“I have no idea,” Sanders said when asked about what he will do next.

Sanders said he will keep his three dogs, but has not yet decided if he will breed them again.

Another hearing has been set for next month. At that time, Sanders could face fines for not being in compliance with the ordinances. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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