KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- State health inspectors made a surprise inspection this week. Joe Taylor was hoping to open up his new restaurant and bar in the 6500 block of Kaw Drive real soon. But health inspectors came through and said not so fast because of what they found inside a deep freezer.
"It's a real old freezer. It's nothing you would want in a restaurant," Taylor said.
Inside the white deep freezer, behind Taylor's new potential business, health inspectors discovered two dead dogs and a dead white squirrel in plastic bags.
"The big puppy was laying down there. The pickapoo laying here and the squirrel was up there and that was it," Taylor said.
He still has a picture of the white squirrel he said he shot and killed more than 30 years ago. He says he kept it for its unique color. The 72-year-old KCK man never buried his two beloved dogs because they died last year, possibly under suspicious circumstances.
"The dog was a golden retriever, he was Duke and my God, I forget the other one's name," Taylor said.
In spite of his memories and intentions, he understands the severity of the discovery.
"I know that it's a bad situation to have a dog in the freezer when you're trying to open a restaurant," Taylor said.
State health inspectors have temporarily revoked his business and liquor licenses and slapped him with several tickets, including one for having dead animals in his freezer. He got another one for not having current vaccinations for the six dogs he has in back of his property. The state also posted signs outside the building calling it 'unfit to be in.'
"I never tried to hide the dogs in the freezer," he said.
Taylor lives in a trailer behind his building with his son and said he took the three animals away from the restaurant, but wouldn't say where. He says the health inspectors will be back next week. Right now, he's not sure if he'll have to close the door on his business venture.