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

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) 

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. All of this data is backed up by government health records (CVIs) 

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

Minnesota

  1. Angie McDuffee and Wanda Kretzman, Clearwater Kennel, doing business as: AJ’s Angels Inc, Cushing Minnesota– 774 adult breeding dogs 594 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
  2. Justin Sawyer, Foot Hills Farm. Backus, Minnesota- 96 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. 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. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. This facility has also been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country… twice
  4. Reuben Wee, Marshall, Minnesota- does not appear to be licensed. 
  5. Kristen Hurst. Russell, Minnesota- 29 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. 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.
  7. Jim Christian. Currie, Minnesota- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Craig and Linda Kleven, Fair View Kennels. Walnut Grove, Minnesota- 89 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Sherrye Swenson. Backus, Minnesota- 31 adult breeding dogs, 77 puppies. 
  10. Leroy Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels. Saint Charles Minnesota- 76 adult breeding dogs, 142 puppies. 

Kansas

  1. Michelle Russell, Big Creek Kennel. Erie, Kansas – 81 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Doug and Loretta Gurtler, D&L Kennels. Beattie, Kansas- 12 dogs (down from 25) 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- 175 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including selling and transporting puppies that were under 8 weeks of age to Petland Stores in Kansas.

Illinois

  1. Mary Beth Yutzy. Liberty, Illinois- does not appear to be licensed. 
  2. Larry Yoder. Oblong, Illinois- does not appear to be licensed. 

South Dakota

  1. Calvin Kroger, Kroger Kennel. Hudson, South Dakota- 60 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Jason Riggs, DPK. Ethan, South Dakota- 30 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 , 30 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- 19 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. 

Pennsylvania

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

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. 

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. 

Indiana- 

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. Kenny Joe Knepp, Loogootee Indiana- 106 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with chewed up ear tips, dogs with excessive tartar build up and sunken eyes. 
  2. Devon Schrock. Middlebury, Indiana- 77 adult breeding dogs
  3. Jason Knepp and Phil Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- 49 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Nelson Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Jason L Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 10 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Marvin Lee Knepp. Montgomery, Indiana- 36 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Ronnie and Lovina Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- 21 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Dallas, Joseph D and Anna Mae Graber. Odon, Indiana- 32 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Richard D Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Jonathan Raber.  Loogootee, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs.
  11. Herman Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Jerry S and Christine Wickey. Geneva, Indiana- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Jacob L Schwartz. Grabill, Indiana- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Jerry Miller, Play More Kennel.  Lagrange, Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Martin J Miller. Lagrange, Indiana- 46 adult breeding dogs. 
  16. John Otto. Ligonier, Indiana- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. Wayne Miller, Woffer Kennels. Middlebury, Indiana- 85 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with severe dental disease. 
  18. Edwin and Ida Mae Wagler, I & E Kennel. Loogootee, Indiana- 61 adult breeding dogs.
  19. Vernon and Kathryn Lambright, Peaceful Hollow pets AKA Clearspring Kennels. Wolcottville, Indiana- 104 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations that resulted in them being named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  20. Adrian Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  21. Levi and Janet Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  22. Floyd Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  23. Jason Graber. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  24. Marvin Knepp. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  25. Aden Graber. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  26. Marlin Raber.  Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  27. Kerry D Wittmer. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  28. Keith D Wagler. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  29. Renita Eicher. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  30. Jesse Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  31. Edwin Swartzentruber. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  32. Allen Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  33. Dan Graber. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  34. Perry K Wagler. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  35. Delbert Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  36.  James Graber. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  37. Marcus Lengacher. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  38. Elmer E Raber. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  39. Lloyd Wagler. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  40. Gerald Diener. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  41. Royden Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  42. Nelson Schlabach.Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  43. Henry Stoll. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  44. Levi Stoll.Odon, Indiana- unable to access records.
  45. Darrell J Wagler. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  46. Dale Knepp. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  47. Omer Graber. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  48. Leroy Wagler. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  49. Owen Stoll. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  50. Dallas L Raver. Odon, Indiana- unable to access records.
  51. Kenny Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  52. Kenny and Glenda Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records.
  53. Jerry W and Esther Wickey.  Geneva, Indiana- unable to access records.
  54. Leonard Bontrager. Lagrange, Indiana- unable to access records.
  55. Eugene Yoder. Goshen, Indiana- unable to access records.
  56. David Glick. Middlebury, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  57. Janice Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- unable to access records.
  58. Richard Jr Frey. Topeka, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  59. Jerry Wingard. Goshen Indiana- unable to access records. 
  60. Faron Lehman. Goshen, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  61. Steven Yoder. Goshen, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  62. Floyd Yoder. Topeka, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  63. Joe Troyer. Ligonier, Indiana-  unable to access records. 
  64. Jonas Lehman. Shipshewana, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  65. Wayne Slabach. Lagrange, Indiana- unable to access records. 

Missouri

Due to the sheer number of suppliers coming out of Missouri, we are still compiling the list and will update this link as we go through the records. 

  1. Phil Hoover, Memphis Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs, 181 puppies. 
  2. Chester and Debbie Williams. Greentop, Missouri- 257 adult breeding dogs, 81 puppies
  3. Angela Fields, Green Castle Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs with previous inspection violations including: excessive amounts of old feces under raised kennels, sharp points poking into kennels, unlabeled medicine. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  4. Gary and Victoria Simmons. Amity, Missouri- 85 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Harvey Rissler, H&B Kennels. Barnett,  Missouri- 175 adult breeding dogs, 103 puppies. 
  6. Eva Mae and Ruben Rissler. R&R Kennel. Barnett, Missouri- 73 adult breeding dogs with recent violations including having outdoor kennels so filthy that dogs couldn’t walk without stepping in feces. 
  7. Betty Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri-  118 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Mary Lou Blaine, Sunny B’s Kennel AKA Blaine’s Kennel. Greentop, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Anna Mae Good, Playful Puppies.  Rutledge, Missouri- 81 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Karen Highland, Rocky Ridge Kennels. Milan, Missouri- 71 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Geri Higgins, Higgins Kenel.  Kirksville, Missouri- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Junior Detweiler. Princeton, Missouri- 92 adult breeding dogs, 68 puppies
  13. Amos D Schwartz. Princeton, Missouri- 104 adult breeding dogs, 58 puppies with a history of violations that resulted in this kennel being named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  14. Malinda and Raymond Yutzy. Princeton, Missouri- 154 adult breeding dogs, 84 puppies
  15. Reuben Yutzy, Little Paw Kennels. Jamesport, Missouri- 57 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: having kennel areas too dark to inspect, dogs with fleas and alopecia. 
  16. Janet Sloan. Versailles, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs with violations including using expired medications on the dogs. 
  17. Mabel Zimmerman, Prairie Dog Kennel. Latham, Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Fannie and Mahlon Schrock, Schrock Family Kennel.  Harwood, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. Calvin and Teresa Good, CT Kennels. Memphis, Missouri- 169 adult breeding dogs, 127 puppies. 
  20. Karen Hoover. Hurdland, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  21. Chris Gingerich, Falcon Acres. Jamesport, Missouri- 11 adult breeding dogs. Changed USDA number. 
  22. Chris and Catherine Mast. C&C Kennel. Bogard, Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations that caused them to be named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country, twice
  23. Andy and Ruby Mast, Lazy Creek Kennel.  Bogard, Missouri- 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. David and Katie Stutzman. Jamesport, Missouri- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Double R cattle. Jamesport, Missouri- Unable to access records. 
  26. Stoney Creek Kennels. Jamesport, Missouri- Unable to access records. 
  27. Dana Farr. Stewartsville, Missouri- unable to access records.  
  28. Daniel Blaine. Greentop, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  29. John Hall.  Ava, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  30. Annetta Shirk. Chula, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  31. Dawn Shetler. Edna, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  32. Joseph Hostetler. Jamesport, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  33. Joseph Herschberger, Windy Knoll Kennel. Spickard, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  34. Lester W Troyer. Clark, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  35. Gladys Martin. Versailles, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  36. Kevin Martin. Edina, Missouri- unable to access records.
  37. Michael Yutzy.  Jamesport, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  38. Roman Detweiler. Princeton, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  39. Andrew Borntrager. Princeton, Missouri- unable to access records.
  40. Stephen Yutzy. Jamesport, Missouri- unable to access records.
  41. Rick Luna. Dora, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  42. Ivan Yutzy.  Jamesport, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  43. Leslie Brown.  Marceline, Missouri- unable to access records.

*We are still combing through the Missouri CVIS* 

 

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.

To put an end to this cruel industry, we must stop putting money into the pockets of the businesses that are fueling puppy mills. Don’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies and don’t buy a puppy online or through a newspaper without meeting the parents first. Please consider making a donation to our nonprofit organization to help us continue researching, exposing and fighting the puppy mill industry. 

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** To those consumers that have bought a family member from a pet store or a questionable breeder, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to fill out the form below with any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from.