Colorado Pet Store/ Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

This information is ©Bailing Out Benji and Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare. Please cite accurately when using or quoting this information. 

“We don’t buy from puppy mills.”

“All of our puppies come from small, local breeders.”

“We visit every breeder we buy from.”

We have all heard these sentences come from the mouths of pet store owners and their employees. They paint this beautiful picture of puppies running by a pond and parents frolicking in the fresh, green grass… Sadly, 99% of the time that is a bold faced lie. The pet store owners know it, the employees might know it- but the customer is completely in the dark.

This is why we are here.

Bailing Out Benji is a small nonprofit that started in Ames, Iowa and now has volunteer teams all over the country- including Colorado. We are committed to raising awareness about puppy mills and the pet stores they sell to.  So what is the truth? What is the public supposed to believe when the nice store owner and employees paint such a believable and beautiful picture? Again… This is why we are here.

Volunteers from Bailing Out Benji devote their free time to researching puppy mills to create puppy mill maps for the worst states, as well as raise awareness about notorious pet stores and breeding operations with huge violations. This includes obtaining CVI data (Certificates of Veterinary Inspections) and making those reports public.

NOTE:

-Before an animal is transported out of state, a veterinarian, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), must examine the animal for signs of “infectious, contagious or communicable disease” and, if no disease is found, sign the certificate for approval to transport.

-Many breeders also sell to dealers, such as Choice Puppies (formerly known as Hunte Corporation) in Missouri, J.A.K.’s Puppies, Inc. in Iowa or Nebraskaland Pets, Inc. in Nebraska, who, in turn, re-sell the animals to pet stores throughout the United States. You will see that some of the breeders below are also dealers and buy puppies from other breeders and re-sell to pet stores.

To make this easier, we will be breaking our article down by each pet store and connecting them to the various puppy mills they use. We will attach the CVI data as we have obtained it from  the Colorado Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, and we will make note of dog counts and any known violations from the breeders themselves. Sadly, since the USDA took down their public inspection reports, we are unable to attach screenshots of those as well. ALL OF THESE CVI REPORTS ARE FROM 2016 and 2017 and we have copies of them on hand. Below, you are seeing screenshots of the reports. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook

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Aquatic Dog- 7429 East Iliff Ave, Denver Colorado

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Aquatic Dog has purchased from in 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Becky/Sam Mosshart, Protection, Kansas-  357 adults, 127 puppies . Mosshart is an opponent of a new Kansas law regulating rescues and breeders. She doesn’t want surprise inspections. 
  2. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores

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Excerpt from the Just Pets website.

Just Pets- 8874 Maximum Dr, Lone Tree, Colorado

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Just Pets has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Lorilee Thomas, Whiting, Kansas. 341 adult breeding dogs, 653 PUPPIES!! Lorilee sells to pet stores all over the country and has a history of violations including: excessively matted dogs, sharp wires pointing in the kennels, dogs with sick eyes, hair loss. For photos, click here
  2. BJ’s & Guys, Menlo, Kansas- 755 adult breeding dogs, 425 PUPPIES!! Not only are they a very large scale puppy mill, but they have a history of violations including too many dogs in cages, and structurally unsound cages. 
  3. Nebraskaland Pets (Angie/Casey Schaff) , Atknson, Nebraska- (also operates as Big Red Country Kennel) . 202 adults . Nebraskaland pets has been buying from one of the largest and worst puppy mills in Minnesota since, at least, 2011. 
  4. Devon Zimmerman, Sterling, Kansas- 74 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Jean Mitchell/ Mindy Richmonds, Aldrich, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs

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Just Pets- 2154 East Commons Ave, Centennial, Colorado

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Just Pets has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Cindy Sherlock,  St Francis, Kansas- 40 adult breeding dogs. 

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Perfect Pets- 6840 S University Blvd, Centennial, Colorado

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Perfect Pets has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Becky/Sam Mosshart, Protection, Kansas-  357 adults, 127 puppies. Mosshart is an opponent of a new Kansas law regulating rescues and breeders. She doesn’t want surprise inspections. 
  2. Nebraskaland Pets (Angie/Casey Schaff) , Atknson, Nebraska- (also operates as Big Red Country Kennel) . 202 adults . Nebraskaland pets has been buying from one of the largest and worst puppy mills in Minnesota since, at least, 2011. 
  3. Larry Nailieux, Concordia Kansas- Can’t find dog count

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Pet Paradise -115 Pueblo Blvd way, Pueblo Colorado

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet Paradise has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Becky/Sam Mosshart, Protection, Kansas-  357 adults, 127 puppies. Mosshart is an opponent of a new Kansas law regulating rescues and breeders. She doesn’t want surprise inspections. 
  2. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores

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Pet Ranch -3823 E 120th Ave, Thornton, Colorado

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet Ranch has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores
  2. Nebraskaland Pets (Angie/Casey Schaff) , Atknson, Nebraska- (also operates as Big Red Country Kennel) . 202 adults . Nebraskaland pets has been buying from one of the largest and worst puppy mills in Minnesota since, at least, 2011. 

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Its a good thing that Pets N Stuff has a one year health guarantee… Just wait until you read which horrible puppy mills they buy from.

Puppies N Stuff – 1400 W 104th Ave, Northglenn, Colorado (Old location)

 According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Puppies N Stuff- Northglenn has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.
  1. Jean Gosler, Marshall Minnesota. We are unable to find any license on this breeder, which is worrisome. 
  2. Gerhard Felts, South Sioux City NE. Again, there is no record on “Gerhard Felts” in Nebraska, but he has been linked to the infamous Gary Felts in Kinglsey, Iowa. It appears as though he is operating under his full name and a PO Box in NE.  Felts has been on the Horrible Hundred list numerous times and, after years of violations, has been suspended for falsifying records. He has over 183 adult breeding dogs on his property and has had years of violations including: dogs noted with eye issues, excessively rusty kennels/cages, metal feeders/waterers that are rusted, exposed screws in kennels, excessively chewed wood, standing water in buildings, no wind/rain break, excessive feces in whelping rooms, Previous: Guinea pig breeder also. And they have a peacock. “Records on hand” not completed, severely rusted pens, excessively chewed pens, dust/dirt/debris/grime buildup in pens, sharp points in all of the kennels, big holes in the floors (dogs legs are passing through, even bodies),
  3. AG Beukelman, Orange City, Iowa- 95 adult breeding dogs and is a 2017 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. Beukelman has a history of violations including: Bulldogs with untreated eye problems, dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water,  rusted cages, wires broken, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls. 
  4. Dave Ruter, Sioux City, Iowa- 55 adult breeding dogs. A history of violations including: Excessively rusty cages, filthy kennels, unsafe kennels and excessively chewed up walls. 
  5. Becky Busboom, Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies.
  6. Jason Middendorp, Sioux Center Iowa- Cannot find a state or USDA license for this breeder. 
  7. Allen Beukelman – 10 adult dogs. Related to AG Beukelman, who has severe violations (as seen above) . Just because a kennel is small, doesn’t mean that the dogs are well taken care of. Check out Allen Beukelman’s USDA photos here. 

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Puppies N Stuff -12020 Melody Dr, Westminster, Colorado (New Location)

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Puppies N Stuff- Westminster has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. AG Beukelman Orange City, Iowa- 95 adult breeding dogs and is a 2017 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. Beukelman has a history of violations including: Bulldogs with untreated eye problems, dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water,  rusted cages, wires broken, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls. 
  2. Becky Busboom, Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies.
  3. Josef LeRoux, Forgan Oklahoma-  Cannot find a state or USDA license for this breeder. 
  4. Doug Tyma, St Libory Nebraska- Cannot find a state or USDA license for this breeder.

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Sophia’s Pet Paradise -1373 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, Colorado 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Sophia’s Pet Paradise has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores

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Spiffy Pets -14200 Alameda Ave, Aurora,, Colorado 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Spiffy Pets has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Kelli Hynes, Hays Kansas – Dog Broker
  2. Shelli Kershner, Rush Center Kansas- 171 adult dogs. Also brokers dogs to pet stores across the country.

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Town & Country Pet Center- 130 S Cleveland Ave, Loveland, Colorado

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Town & Country has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores.

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Valley Pets -6380 Hwy 85, Fountain Colorado

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Valley Pets has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Becky Busboom, Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies.

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Western Fancy Pups -2460 5100 Rd, Delta, Colorado

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Western Fancy Pups has purchased from in 2017.

  1. Kris Goodman, Goodman Missouri- Can’t access dog records.

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Excerpt from the Pet City website.

Now Let’s Talk About Pet City. 

As shown above, the Pet City Website claims that they use “licensed, reputable breeders.” Our research has determined that is a lie. Sadly, Pet City doesn’t seem to be that picky with where their puppies are coming from at all. As you will read below, every location of Pet City is connected to large scale puppy mills, many with severe violations and even a few that have been listed on the “Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill List”. 

Pet City- 14200 E Alameda Ave, Aurora, Colorado

 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet City- Aurora has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. AG Beukelman Orange City, Iowa-  95 adult breeding dogs and is a 2017 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. Beukelman has a history of violations including: Bulldogs with untreated eye problems, dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water,  rusted cages, wires broken, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls. 
  2. Becky Busboom, Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies.
  3. Rebecca Eiler (Creek Side Kennel), Oberlin Kansas-  258 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Country Pets (Mary Foster and Cathy Griesbauer)  , Montgomery City Missouri- 281 adult breeding dogs. This breeder is one of the worst puppy mills in the country. In 2016 they were cited as being a massive puppy mill with more than 900 dogs had license for one property, but found operating second unlicensed facility
  5. Maria Stille, Bellflower Missouri- 98 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Wayne/Elizabeth Olmstead (Spring Creek Kennels), Laverne, Oklahoma . Can’t access records. 
  7. Norma Jean Harders, Boelus Nebraska- 45 adult breeding dogs and a history of violations including sick dogs, and using expired medications
  8. Gerhard Felts, South Sioux City NE. Again, there is no record on “Gerhard Felts” in Nebraska, but he has been linked to the infamous Gary Felts in Kinglsey, Iowa. It appears as though he is operating under his full name and a PO Box in NE.  Felts has been on the Horrible Hundred list numerous times and, after years of violations, has been suspended for falsifying records. He has over 183 adult breeding dogs on his property and has had years of violations including: dogs noted with eye issues, excessively rusty kennels/cages, metal feeders/waterers that are rusted, exposed screws in kennels, excessively chewed wood, standing water in buildings, no wind/rain break, excessive feces in whelping rooms, Previous: Guinea pig breeder also. And they have a peacock. “Records on hand” not completed, severely rusted pens, excessively chewed pens, dust/dirt/debris/grime buildup in pens, sharp points in all of the kennels, big holes in the floors (dogs legs are passing through, even bodies),
  9. Doug Voss, Alcester Suth Dakota. Cannot find a license
  10. Josh Davidson, Lewton Iowa. Cannot find a license through the state or USDA.
  11. Devon Zimmerman, Sterling Kansas (USDA license under Devaron Zimmerman, Zimor Kennel) 74 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Dave Ruter, Sioux City, Iowa- 55 adult breeding dogs. A history of violations including: Excessively rusty cages, filthy kennels, unsafe kennels and excessively chewed up walls. 
  13. Marcos Castello, Gate Oklahoma. No found license. 
  14. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores

 

Pet City Baja- 750 Citadel Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet City- Baja has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Shadow Valley Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- Owned by Vernon Troyer, was previously “Echo Valley Kennels” but has cancelled license and changed name several times. 114 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. David Beechy, Bloomfield Iowa. Cannot find a state or USDA license for this breeder. 
  3. Midwest Newfoundland, Cincinnati, Iowa . 28 adults, but violations with filthy kennels including rat feces in the kennels. “Newer” USDA breeder  
  4. Alta Daniels, Centerville, Iowa- Cannot find a state or USDA license for this breeder. 
  5. Becky/Sam Mosshart- 357 adult breeding dogs.
  6. Crystal Howard, Sterling Kansas- 48 adults breeding dogs. 
  7. Shelli Kershner (Walnut Creek Kennel), Sterling Kansas- 48 adult breeding dogs
  8. Joyce Cairns (Unicorn Kennels), Glasco Kansas. Can’t access dog count.
  9. Aaron Hostetler, Jamesport Missouri. Cannot find a license. 
  10. Joseph Detweiler, Princeton Missouri. 56 adult breeding dogs. Detweiler is one of 7 Amish breeders in the same Detweiler clan that have over 400 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Mose Slabaugh, Spickard Missouri. Unable to find a license. 
  12. John Borntreger, Princeton Missouri. Unable to find a license.
  13. Reuben Yutzy (LittlePaw Kennels), Jamesport Missouri. 57 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Nebraskaland Pets (Angie/Casey Schaff) , Atknson, Nebraska- (also operates as Big Red Country Kennel) . 202 adults . Nebraskaland pets has been buying from one of the largest and worst puppy mills in Minnesota since, at least, 2011. 
  15. Lewis Bloom (Blooms Kennels), Clay Center Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs. 
  16. Derek Daugherty, Agra Kansas- 17 adult breeding dogs, which sounds small. But he has horrible violations including:  Dogs with hairloss, scabs, excessive fly bites on head/ears (Boxers, Cattle dogs), no shade, no water in some bowls, other bowls had green algae, crazy weeds, excessive flies bothering the dogs. 
  17. Jean Mitchell/Mindy Richmonds, Aldrich, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs
  18. Lorilee Thomas, Whiting, KS – 341 adult breeding dogs, 653 PUPPIES!! Lorilee sells to pet stores all over the country and has a history of violations including: excessively matted dogs, sharp wires pointing in the kennels, dogs with sick eyes, hair loss. For photos, click here.
  19. Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. 
  20. Phil Hoover, Memphis MO (Show Me Puppies)- 364 adult breeding dogs and over 204 puppies. 

Pet City Chapel Hills- 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet City- Chapel Hills has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Midwest Newfoundland, Cincinnati, Iowa . 28 adults, but violations with filthy kennels including rat feces in the kennels. “Newer” USDA breeder  
  2. Shadow Valley Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa – Owned by Vernon Troyer, was previously “Echo Valley Kennels” but has cancelled license and changed name several times. 114 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Daynes Ridge Kennel, Moravia Iowa – 21 adult breeding dogs, new license. 
  4. Becky/Sam Mosshart, Protection Kansas –  357 adult breeding dogs.
  5. Shelli Kershner (Walnut Creek Kennel), Sterling Kansas- 48 adult breeding dogs
  6. Joyce Cairns (Unicorn Kennels), Glasco Kansas. Can’t access dog count.
  7. Aaron Hostetler,  Jamesport Missouri. Cannot find a license. 
  8. Honey Locust Kennel, Princeton Missouri.- 52 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Mose Slabaugh, pickard Missouri. Unable to find a license.
  10. Jonas Hostetler, Jamesport Missouri, 12 breeding dogs. 
  11. Reuben Yutzy,  (LittlePaw Kennels), Jamesport Missouri. 57 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Nebraskaland Pets (Angie/Casey Schaff) , Atknson, Nebraska- (also operates as Big Red Country Kennel) . 202 adults . Nebraskaland pets has been buying from one of the largest and worst puppy mills in Minnesota since, at least, 2011. 

Pet City Fort Collins- 3663 S College Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado

 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pet City- Fort Collins has purchased from in 2016 and 2017.

  1. Becky/Sam Mosshart, Protection Kansas –  357 adult breeding dogs. Mosshart is an opponent of a new Kansas law regulating rescues and breeders. She doesn’t want surprise inspections. 
  2. Crittersville, Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale Dog Broker out of Nebraska. They have previously sold puppies with parvo to pet stores

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Colorado and proof from the Colorado Department of Agriculture connecting them to some of the most notorious puppy mills in the United States.

If there is a pet store selling puppies near you RUN- don’t walk away! Our favorite thing to say is “Puppies in the Store, Walk out the Door” because pet store puppies ARE puppy mill puppies. Don’t buy the lies. No matter what the pet store tries to sell you.

For more ways you can help the dogs trapped in puppy mills, click here.

For more information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji , and our Colorado Volunteer Page . We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

You can also send an email to bailingoutbenji@gmail.com. Thank you, again, to Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare for helping us gather this information.

©Bailing Out Benji 2017

All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare and must be cited as such when shared or quoted.

** To those consumers that have bought a family member from any of the area puppy stores, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to PM any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from. And give them an extra treat tonight! Contact us at :  bailingoutbenji@gmail.com