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Johnson, Hoyt, and Covey Find Kennel v. Smith

Married couple Scott Johnson and Harlene Hoyt of Winfield, Kansas, own and operate the dog training and handling business Covey Find Kennel, LCC, out of a facility adjacent to their home. To maintain the business’s license under the Kansas Pet Animal Act, either Johnson or Hoyt must be present at the property for an unannounced physical search within 30 minutes of an inspector’s notice, or potentially receive a no-contact fee.

The Act’s inspection requirement permits the Kansas Department of Agriculture to trespass on people’s property and invade their privacy without first showing probable cause to a judge. This licensing and warrantless search regime violates the Fourth Amendment, as well as the fundamental right to free travel and movement.

Mark Chenoweth
President and Chief Legal Officer

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