Buyer Beware: JAKS Puppies

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When it comes to the puppy mill industry, there is no shortage of “key players” in the game. You have breeders, brokers, transport companies, pet stores and online websites. In this day and age, there is no true way to know where your puppy is coming from unless you visit the facility yourself, or adopt a pet from a local rescue or shelter. 

Unfortunately, the dog breeding business is clouded in secrecy and, unless you know how to ask the right questions, you will constantly be searching for answers. One of the main projects that Bailing Out Benji focuses on is obtaining government documents that track puppies from breeder to broker to pet store, so the public has a fighting chance to do their research before they buy a puppy. In this case, we have requested those government documents, Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs),  on notorious dog broker, JAKS Puppies. JAKS Puppies is based out of Britt, Iowa and not only sells to pet stores all over the country, but they started one of the nation’s first sham rescue operations ;  they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General due to puppy laundering and they are linked to other sham rescue organizations that are being sued in the state of California

UPDATE: The Iowa Attorney General ordered JAKS Puppies to shut down their sham nonprofits and pay a fine to the state. While they are legally still allowed to sell commercially bred puppies, they are no longer allowed to label them as “rescue puppies”. 

The tricky part with the secretive puppy mill industry is that the CVIs are only needed when a puppy is crossing state lines. So the JAK’s name is on those documents when a pet store gets the puppy- and rarely the name of the actual breeder. This is where we come in!

Below you will find a list of all of the known puppy mills that JAKS buys from before they broker the puppies to pet stores from coast to coast. ( Please note: we won’t see any of the Iowa breeders that JAKS sources from, because CVIs weren’t required for the initial transfer) . So far, our research has discovered that JAKS Puppies sells to pet stores in Massachusetts,  New Jersey,  Nevada,  Pennsylvania,  New York,  Florida,  Virginia,  Kansas,  Georgia,  Texas, California,  Arizona,  Nebraska,  Missouri, and Illinois . We are still pulling records on additional states. 

Here is the latest USDA inspection report of JAKS.

Below you will find a list of the breeders and puppy mills that JAKS Puppies sourced from in 2018 and 2019 organized by state that the puppies originated in. We have also noted the number of dogs imported from each state for the year 2018, as it is the only full year we have compiled. All of this data is backed up by government health records (CVIs) 

To view our interactive website and puppy mill maps, click here.

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Illinois

  1. Mary Beth Yutzy. Liberty, Illinois- is not USDA licensed. 
  2. Larry Yoder. Oblong, Illinois- is not USDA licensed. 

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Indiana

JAKS Puppies imported 1,300 puppies from the state of Indiana in 2018 from the following facilities: 

  1. Kenny Joe Knepp, Loogootee Indiana- 122 adult breeding dogs and 101 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with chewed up ear tips, dogs with excessive tartar build up and sunken eyes. *major supplier* 
  2. Wayne Miller, Woffer Kennels. Middlebury, Indiana- 117 adult breeding dogs and 86 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with severe dental disease. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2020. *major supplier*
  3. Devon Schrock, Companions Forever. Middlebury, Indiana- 72 adult breeding dogs.This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  4. Jason Knepp and Phil Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- 58 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Nelson Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Jason L Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 8 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Marvin Lee Knepp. Montgomery, Indiana- 36 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Ronnie and Lovina Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Daniel K , Dallas, Joseph D and Anna Mae Graber. Odon, Indiana- 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Richard D Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Jonathan Raber.  Loogootee, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Herman Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Jerry S and Christine Wickey, J and C Kennels. Geneva, Indiana- 17 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  14. Jacob L Schwartz. Grabill, Indiana- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Jerry Miller, Play More Kennel.  Lagrange, Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  16. Martin J Miller. Lagrange, Indiana- 46 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier* 
  17. John Otto. Ligonier, Indiana- 24 adult breeding dogs. *major supplier* 
  18. Edwin and Ida Mae Wagler, I & E Kennel. Loogootee, Indiana- 73 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies. 
  19. Vernon and Kathryn Lambright, Peaceful Hollow pets AKA Clearspring Kennels. Wolcottville, Indiana- 81 adult breeding dogs and 78 puppies with a history of violations that resulted in them being named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  20. Floyd Yoder. Topeka, Indiana- 11 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  21. Jerry W and Esther Wickey.  Geneva, Indiana- 5 adult breeding dogs, 24 puppies. *regular supplier* 
  22. Jerry Wingard. Goshen Indiana- 10 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  23. Kenny Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- 21 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Joe Otto. Topeka, Indiana- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Kerry D Wittmer. Montgomery, Indiana- 7 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  26. Leonard Bontrager, Family Fun Canine. Lagrange, Indiana- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. Marlin Raber.  Odon, Indiana- 14 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier*
  28. Nelson R Yoder. Millersburg, Indiana- 20 adult breeding dogs and 45 puppies.  
  29. Aden Graber. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  30. Adrian Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  31. Alan Troyer. Howe, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  32. Allen Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  33. Dale Knepp. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  34. Dallas L Raber. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  35. Dan Graber. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  36. Darrell J Wagler. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  37. Daryl Raber. Shipshewana, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  38. David Glick. Middlebury, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. *regular supplier*
  39. Delbert Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  40. Edwin Swartzentruber. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  41. Elmer E Raber. Odon, Indiana-is not USDA licensed.
  42. Eugene Yoder. Goshen, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  43. Faron Lehman. Goshen, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. *regular supplier*
  44. Floyd Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  45. Gerald Diener and Omer Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  46. Henry Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  47.  James Graber. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  48. Janice Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana-is not USDA licensed.
  49. Jason Graber. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  50. Jesse Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  51. Joas Lehman. Shipshewana, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  52. Joe Troyer. Ligonier, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. *regular supplier*
  53. John Wingard. Shipshewana, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  54. Keith D Wagler. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  55. Larry Otto. Lagrange, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  56. Leroy Wagler. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  57. Levi and Janet Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. *regular supplier*
  58. Levi Stoll. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  59. Lloyd Wagler. Odon, Indiana-is not USDA licensed.
  60. Lovina Christner. Bennington, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 

  61. Lucas Miller. Shipshewana, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  62. Marcus Lengacher. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  63. Marvin Knepp. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  64. Nelson Schlabach. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  65. Orley Miller. Shipshewana, Indiana-  is not USDA licensed.
  66. Owen Stoll. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  67. Perry Bontrager. Lagrange, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  68. Perry K Wagler. Montgomery, Indiana-is not USDA licensed.*regular supplier*
  69. Renita Eicher. Loogootee, Indiana-is not USDA licensed.
  70. Richard Jr Frey. Topeka, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  71. Royden Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  72. Wayne Slabach. Lagrange, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.

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Kansas

  1. Michelle Russell, Big Creek Kennel. Erie, Kansas –78 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Doug and Loretta Gurtler, D&L Kennels. Beattie, Kansas- 10 adult breeding dogs and 37 puppies with a history of violations including: missed Inspections, food bowls covered in bird feces, frozen water bowls covered in bird poop, outdoor dog houses covered in bird poop, No pest prevention.
  3. Mary Moore, D&M Kennel. Uniontown, Kansas- 165 adult breeding dogs and 76 puppies. 

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Minnesota

JAKS Puppies imported over 1400 puppies from the state of Minnesota in 2018 from the following facilities: 

  1. Angie McDuffee and Wanda Kretzman, Clearwater Kennel, doing business as: AJ’s Angels Inc. Cushing, Minnesota– 758 adult breeding dogs 509 puppies at their last known inspection in June 2018. On March 2, 2015, the USDA filed a complaint against Clearwater Kennels for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  Prior, on March 9, 2016, Clearwater Kennels (owner Wanda Kretzman) cancelled its USDA license. Also on March 9, 2016, a USDA license was granted to AJ’s Angels to operate the kennel on the same property. The owner of AJ’s Angels is the daughter-in-law of Wanda Kretzman. This facility has also been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country… twice. *major supplier*
  2. Justin Sawyer, Foot Hills Farm. Backus, Minnesota- 159 adult breeding dogs and 82 puppies. *major supplier*
  3. Jim Christian. Currie, Minnesota- 31 adult breeding dogs. *major supplier*Sherrye Swenson. Backus, Minnesota- 45 adult breeding dogs, 23 puppies. *major supplier*
  4. John and Lyle Renner, Renner’s Kennel. Detroit Lakes, Minnesota- 134 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Excessive fecal matter, puppies too crowded in small pens, dogs with excessive hair loss, dogs with swollen paws, and many more.This facility has also been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country… twice
  5. Reuben Wee, Marshall, Minnesota- does not appear to be licensed. 
  6. Kristen Hurst. Russell, Minnesota- 29 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Marlton and Paul De Neui, Family Addition Kennel. Clinton, Minnesota- 13 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Admitted to only cleaning/ sanitizing kennels once a month, inspector detected severe odor smell and  cobwebs. paint flaking and  rusted wires in kennels food and water bowls have brown, oily residue, excessive fly problem.
  8. Craig and Linda Kleven, Fair View Kennels. Walnut Grove, Minnesota- 89 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Leroy Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels. Saint Charles Minnesota- 76 adult breeding dogs, 142 puppies. 

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Missouri

JAKS Puppies imported over 3,000  puppies from the state of Missouri in 2018 from the following facilities: (we are still combing through these records) 

  1. Allen and Myra Conover, Chariton River Labradors. Greentop, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Amos Schwartz. Princeton, Missouri- 112 adult breeding dogs and 58 puppies. Schwartz was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2013. *regular supplier*
  3. Andy and Ruby Mast, Lazy Creek Kennel. Bogard, Missouri- 36 adult breeding dogs and 37 puppies. *regular supplier* 
  4. Anna May Good, Playful Puppies. Rutledge, Missouri- 88 adult breeding dogs and 44 puppies.
  5. Annetta Shirk. Chula, Missouri- 83 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Betty S Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri- 123 adult breeding dogs and 78 puppies. *major supplier*
  7. Calvin and Teresa Good, CT Kennels. Memphis, Missouri- 116 adult breeding dogs and 93 puppies. *major supplier*
  8. Catherine Mast, C&C Kennel. Bogard, Missouri- 57 adult breeding dogs and 74 puppies. On top of having a second license under Chris Mast’s name (same address) with even more dogs on their property (see below), C&C Kennel was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country, twice, due to violations. *regular supplier*
  9. Chris Mast, Shady Ridge Kennel. Bogard, Missouri- 46 adult breeding dogs and 46 puppies. Located at the same address as Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill C&C Kennel (see above). *regular supplier*
  10. Chris Gingerich, Falcon Acres. Jamesport, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Dana Farr, A Cute Puppy. Stewartsville, Missouri- 24 adult breeding dogs. *regular supplier* 
  12. Eva Mae and Ruben Rissler, R&R Kennel. Barnett, Missouri- 83 adult breeding dogs and 24 puppies with a history of violations including: excessive feces in the kennels. *regular supplier* 
  13. Fannie and Mahlon Schrock, Schrock Family Kennel. 43 adult breeding dogs and 37 puppies. *regular supplier*
  14. Gary and Victoria Simmons. Amity, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. *major supplier* 
  15. Geri Higgins, Higgins Kennel. Kirksville, Missouri- 49 adult breeding dogs and 29 puppies. *major supplier*
  16. Harvey Rissler, H&B Kennels. Barnett, Missouri- 170 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  17. Janet Sloan and Anna and Wilmer Hoover, Tailspin Kennel. Versailles, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: administering expired medications. This facility has also changed their USDA license at least 5 times. 
  18. James and Ryan Ranes, Double R Cattle Co Inc. Jamesport, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 
  19. Joseph Herschberger, Windy Knoll Kennel. Spickard, Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. *regular supplier*
  20. Junior Detweiler. Princeton, Missouri- 85 adult breeding dogs and 63 puppies. *regular supplier* 
  21. Karen Highland, Rocky Ridge Kennels. Milan, Missouri- 81 adult breeding dogs and 81 puppies. *regular supplier*
  22. Karen Hoover. Hurdland, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  23. Lester W Troyer. Clark, Missouri- 76 adult breeding dogs and 52 puppies. 
  24. Mabel Zimmerman, Prairie Dog Kennel. Latham, Missouri- 36 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  25. Malinda and Raymond Yutzy and Andrew Borntrager. Princeton, Missouri- 117 adult breeding dogs and 98 puppies. *regular supplier*
  26. Mary Lou Blaine, Sunny B’s Kennel AKA Blaine’s Kennel. Greentop, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. Michael Yutzy, Shady Hollow Kennel. Jamesport, Missouri- 70 adult breeding dogs and 66 puppies. 
  28. Phillip Hoover, Show Me Puppies. Memphis, Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs and 181 puppies.  
  29. Reuben Yutzy, Little Paw Kennels. Jamesport, Missouri- 47 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. 
  30. Dawn Shetler. Edina, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  31. Edward and Gladys Martin, Circle M Kennels. Versailles, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  32. John Hall. Ava, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  33. Joseph Hostetler. Jamesport, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  34. Kevin Martin. Edina, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  35. Leslie Brown. Marceline, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  36. Roman Detweiler. Princeton, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 

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Pennsylvania

  1. Harvey H Martin. Denver, Pennsylvania- does not appear to be licensed. 

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South Dakota

  1. Calvin Kroger, Kroger Kennel. Hudson, South Dakota- 59 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Jason Riggs, DPK. Ethan, South Dakota- 23 adult breeding dogs, Down from 66 adults. This breeder has missed inspections and has been written up for having dogs with excessive tartar on teeth. Riggs was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. 
  3. Joette Peterson. Freeman, South Dakota- 37 adult dogs. Peterson has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country three separate times and has a long history of violations. 
  4. Tina Brennan, Brennan Kennels. Pukwana, South Dakota- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Shelley Bensen. Parker, South Dakota- does not appear to be licensed. 
  6. Arin Riggs. Ethan, South Dakota- does not appear to be licensed. 
  7. Brian Goehring. Lesterville, South Dakota- does not appear to be licensed. 
  8. Robert Heckenliable. Freeman, South Dakota- does not appear to be licensed. 

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Wisconsin

Due to the sheer number of licensees in some of these Amish communities, it can be extremely hard to decipher which licensee is which. So we list “unable to access records” instead of statistics, as it is very hard to determine if some of the breeders even hold a license. This is due to the fact that the USDA heavily redacts their records now. 

  1. Ammon Zimmerman, Paradise Valley Acres. Stitzer, Wisconsin- 71 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Marvin Hochstetler. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 16 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Ervin W Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 56 adult breeding dogs with a long history of violations including dogs with eye illnesses, filthy kennels, matted dogs and they received an official warning from the State of Wisconsin. Bontrager was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  4. Jesse Miller.  Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 56 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Andrew Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Daniel Ray Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 73 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Michael Paul Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Phillip Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 36 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Milton Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Jerry Otto. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 58 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. David J Nisley. Westby, Wisconsin- 157 adult breeding dogs, 121 puppies. 
  12. Titus C Yoder. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 46 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Noah Martin. Withee, Wisconsin- 132 adult breeding dogs, 45 puppies. 
  14. Clyde Z Horst, Red Barn Kennel. Stanley, Wisconsin- 83 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Norman Hoschetetler. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- does not appear to be licensed. 
  16. Reuben A Schrock, Premier Kennels. Westby, Wisconsin- unable to access records. 
  17. Christian Graber, Hillsboro, Wisconsin- unable to access records. 

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Ohio 

Due to the sheer number of licensees in some of these Amish communities, it can be extremely hard to decipher which licensee is which. So we list “unable to access records” instead of statistics, as it is very hard to determine if some of the breeders even hold a license. This is due to the fact that the USDA heavily redacts their records now. 

  1. Marion Miller. Fredericksburg, Ohio- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Ben J Troyer, Locust Ridge Farm. Baltic. Ohio- 45 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Mary E Yoder. Millersburg, Ohio- 118 adult breeding dogs, 94 puppies. 
  4. Allen J and Katie Yoder. Millersburg, Ohio- 32 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Samuel E Yoder, Pleasant Pets. Baltic, Ohio- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Aden A Yoder. Millersburg, Ohio- unable to access records. 
  7. Eli Herschberger. Fredericksburg, Ohio- unable to access records .
  8. Marlin Beachy. Loudonville, Ohio- unable to access records. 
  9. Roy L  Yoder. Millersburg, Ohio- unable to access records. 
  10. Joseph D Miller. Millersburg, Ohio- unable to access records. 
  11. Aaron Schlabach. Sugar Creek, Ohio- unable to access records. 

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Once JAKS Puppies (the broker) receives the puppies, they are then resold and transported up to 25 hours in the backs of semis and transport vans to pet stores all over the country. All before the puppy is even 9 weeks old. To view the rest of our pet store research, click here.

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