Arizona Pet Store / Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2017
All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and must be cited as such when shared or quoted!
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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.

Arizona doesn’t have many puppy mills that we know of… This is due to the fact that Arizona has no regulations or standards of care regarding commercial breeders. You read that right. Arizona has no state licensing,  no standards of care and no enforcing agency. The one thing that Arizona did right was to require pet stores  to name the breeder supplying each puppy that they have for sale. That made our research a lot easier. 

Bailing Out Benji is a small nonprofit that started in Ames, Iowa and now has volunteer teams all over the country who are dedicated to raising awareness about the puppy mill industry, this includes Arizona.

So what is the truth? With the pet stores claiming they don’t buy from breeders with any “direct” violations and posting clean inspections on their websites, it looks like they are being very open. 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. 

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.

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Puppies N Love- San Tan Village Mall- 2174 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ 

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Puppies N Love) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Rae Lynn Mercer, Hartville Missouri – 43-A-3264. 102 adult breeding dogs
  3. BETH ADMIRE: unlicensed. 
  4. Rudy Yoder, Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-2151- 66 adult breeding dogs
  5. Angela Fromm, Dogue DeRanch Fromm Faust. Miami, Oklahoma- 73-A-2673- 24 adult breeding dogs. Dogs are kept outside in kennels and are not raised as pets. To view USDA photos, click here.  
  6. Kim Gray, Lebanon, Missouri- 43-A-5386- 2 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Phyllis Shipley, Copan Oklahoma- 73-A-2691- 13 adult breeding dogs.
  8. PAULA HEAD: unlicensed. 
  9. Melissa Allen, Nowata, Oklahoma- 73-A-2678- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Dawn Bryant, Everything Pets LLC, Fort Scott, Kansas- 48-B-0333- 59 adult breeding dogs.
  11. Darrell Knepp, Montgomery Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs with violations including not having proper documentation on dogs or puppies. 
  12. Judy Green, Draper Hill Kennel. Lebanon Missouri.  43-A-5060 – 14 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  13. Janet Partain, Nowata, Oklahoma-  73-A-2677- 15 adult breeding dogs.
  14. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  15. Mary Schlabach, Hedgewood Kennels.  USDA #: 43-A-3409, unknown number of breeding dogs.
  16. Stacie Stutesman,  Eldorado Springs, Missouri- 43-A-5847, 45 adult breeding dogs.
  17. Bob and Pam Middleton, Shaded Shelties Kennels,  43-A-2190 , 67 adult breeding dogs.
  18. Vicki (VICKIE) Duryea, Goff, Kansas-  48-A-2118- 25 adult breeding dogs.
  19. Josh and Tara Dillow. Erie, Kansas. -48-A-2019- 63 adult breeding dogs.
  20. Mary Johnson, McCune, Kansas- 48-A-1570 – 59 adult breeding dogs.
  21. Dawn Coffman, Misty Trail Kennels. Maynard, Arkansas-  71-A-0800- 225 adult breeding dogs.
  22. WILLIAM ST. CLAIR: unlicensed. 
  23. Mary and Tim Feldmann, Raspberry Creek Kennel, Sheldon Missouri. 43-A-5764 . 39 adult breeding dogs. They have been in trouble for lacking information about sellers for dogs purchased. 
  24. Cheryl Goring, Falcon Missouri-  43-A-5071 . 32 adult breeding dogs.
  25. Jennifer Rice, Ricenick Kennels. Girard, Kansas-  48-A-1736- 98 adult breeding dogs.
  26. Linda and Richard Barton, Liberal Missouri. 43-A-5064 . 74 adult breeding dogs.
  27. KAREN ROSS: unlicensed. 
  28. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-1294- 158 adult breeding dogs.
  29. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 48-A-2109- 117 adult breeding dogs.
  30. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws, Neosho, Missouri-  43-A-5929 – 27 adult breeding dogs.
  31. David and Beverly (SUSIE) Reid, Lebanon Missouri. 43-B-3711 – Broker, 2 adult breeding dogs.
  32. Barbara Ruiz: unlicensed. 
  33. Brandon and Christina Hillyard / Gale Whitaker. Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 48-A-1431- 113 adult breeding dogs.

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Puppies N Love Arrowhead- 7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale, 

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Puppies N Love) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adults, 96 puppies
  2. BETH ADMIRE: unlicensed
  3. Rae Lynn Mercer,  Hartville Missouri – 43-A-3264. 102 adult breeding dogs
  4. Angela Fromm, Dogue DeRanch Fromm Faust. Miami, Oklahoma- 73-A-2673- 24 adult breeding dogs. Dogs are kept outside in kennels and are not raised as pets. To view USDA photos, click here.  
  5. PAULA HEAD: unlicensed. 
  6. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Stacie Stutesman,  Eldorado Springs, Missouri 43-A-5847, 45 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Brandon and Christina Hillyard / Gale Whitaker. Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 48-A-1431- 113 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Deborah Snyder and Doug Smoot, Clifton, Kansas-  48-A-2003- 86 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: outdoor shelters without proper windblocks, dogs with significant hair loss, and flaking paint, rusted metal and rusted metal in kennels. To view USDA  photos, click here
  10. Cheryl Goring, Falcon Missouri-  43-A-5071 . 32 adult breeding dogs.
  11. Linda and Richard Barton, Liberal Missouri. 43-A-5064 . 74 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-1294- 158 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Bob and Pam Middleton, Shaded Shelties Kennels,  43-A-2190 , 67 adult breeding dogs.
  14. BARBARA SMITH: unlicensed. 
  15. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws, Neosho, Missouri-  43-A-5929 – 27 adult breeding dogs.
  16. Carolyn Jurewicz, Pea Ridge Kennels, Mansfield, Missouri- 43-A-0669 – 22 adult breeding dogs.
  17. SPENCER TAFT: unlicensed. 

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Animal Kingdom Tucson-   4500 N Oracle Rd, Tucson

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Animal Kingdom) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adults, 96 puppies
  2. Ken, Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 43-A-6038162 adult breeding dogs.
  3. CHRIS WILSON: unlicensed. 
  4. Michelle Russell, Big Creek Kennel. Erie, Kansas- 48-A-1869 – 81 adult breeding dogs.
  5. Robert Gray, Gray Bo Kennels, Exeter Missouri- 43-A-4268. 42 adult breeding dogs.
  6. Dawn Bryant, Everything Pets LLC, Fort Scott, Kansas- 48-B-0333- 59 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Deborah Snyder and Doug Smoot, Clifton, Kansas-  48-A-2003-  86 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: outdoor shelters without proper windblocks, dogs with significant hair loss, and flaking paint, rusted metal and rusted metal in kennels. To view USDA  photos, click here
  8. Tammy Rogers Mountain Grove Missouri- 43-A-4422 . 30 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Brandon and Christina Hillyard / Gale Whitaker. Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 48-A-1431- 113 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Janet Partain, Nowata, Oklahoma-  73-A-2677- 15 adult breeding dogs.
  11. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Stacie Stutesman, Eldorado Springs, Missouri 43-A-5847, 45 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Josh and Tara Dillow. Erie, Kansas. -48-A-2019- 63 adult breeding dogs.
  14. Mary Johnson, McCune, Kansas- 48-A-1570 – 59 adult breeding dogs.
  15. Rudy Yoder, Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-2151- 66 adult breeding dogs
  16. Linda and Richard Barton, Liberal Missouri. 43-A-5064 . 74 adult breeding dogs.
  17. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 48-A-2109- 117 adult breeding dogs.
  18. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-1294- 158 adult breeding dogs.
  19. Carolyn Jurewicz, Pea Ridge Kennels, Mansfield, Missouri- 43-A-0669 – 22 adult breeding dogs.
  20. Jennifer Rice, Ricenick Kennels. Girard, Kansas-  48-A-1736- 98 adult breeding dogs.

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Puppies N Love Paradise Valley 4550 E Cactus Rd J004, Phoenix

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Puppies N Love) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adults, 96 puppies
  2. Rae Lynn Mercer, Hartville Missouri – 43-A-3264. 102 adult breeding dogs
  3. Barbara Ruiz: unlicensed. 
  4. Kim Gray, Lebanon Missouri. 43-A-5386 2 adult breeding dogs.
  5. BETH ADMIRE: unlicensed. 
  6. Angela Fromm, Dogue DeRanch Fromm Faust. Miami, Oklahoma- 73-A-2673- 24 adult breeding dogs. Dogs are kept outside in kennels and are not raised as pets. To view USDA photos, click here.  
  7. Michelle Russell, Big Creek Kennel. Erie, Kansas- 48-A-1869 – 81 adult breeding dogs.
  8. JERI SALTZMAN: unlicensed. 
  9. Tammy Rogers, Mountain Grove Missouri- 43-A-4422 . 30 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Sally Suschnick, Suschnick Kennels, Liberal Missouri- 43-A-5987. 28 adult breeding dogs
  11. Judy Green, Draper Hill Kennel. Lebanon Missouri.  43-A-5060 – 14 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  12. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Josh and Tara Dillow. Erie, Kansas. -48-A-2019- 63 adult breeding dogs.
  14. MERLIN BEILER: unlicensed
  15. Stacie Stutesman, Eldorado Springs, Missouri 43-A-5847, 45 adult breeding dogs.
  16. Vicki (VICKIE) Duryea, Goff, Kansas-  48-A-2118- 25 adult breeding dogs.
  17. Mary Johnson, McCune, Kansas- 48-A-1570 – 59 adult breeding dogs.
  18. Linda and Richard Barton, Liberal Missouri. 43-A-5064 . 74 adult breeding dogs.
  19. MARVIN AND NORMA STOLL: unlicensed. 
  20. Rudy Yoder, Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-2151- 66 adult breeding dogs
  21. JACKIE CRAIG: unlicensed. 
  22. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-1294- 158 adult breeding dogs.
  23. Arminta Hickman, Hilltop Kennels. Halfway, Missouri. 43-A-1612- 39 adult breeding dogs.
  24. Ken, Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 43-A-6038162 adult breeding dogs.  Also, Abigail Anderson 43-A-5289
  25. Carolyn Jurewicz, Pea Ridge Kennels, Mansfield, Missouri- 43-A-0669 – 22 adult breeding dogs.
  26. Deborah Snyder and Doug Smoot, Clifton, Kansas-  48-A-2003- 86 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: outdoor shelters without proper windblocks, dogs with significant hair loss, and flaking paint, rusted metal and rusted metal in kennels. To view USDA  photos, click here

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Animal Kingdom Arizona Mills-  5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe,

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Arizona Mills) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adults, 96 puppies
  2. Rae Lynn Mercer, Hartville Missouri – 43-A-3264. 102 adult breeding dogs
  3. BETH ADMIRE: unlicensed. 
  4. Josh and Tara Dillow. Erie, Kansas. -48-A-2019- 63 adult breeding dogs.
  5. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 48-A-2109- 117 adult breeding dogs.
  6. Melissa Allen, Nowata, Oklahoma- 73-A-2678- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  7. COLTON FAULKNER: unlicensed. 
  8. TRENTON CRANE: unlicensed. 
  9. Deborah Snyder and Doug Smoot, Clifton, Kansas-  48-A-2003-  86 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: outdoor shelters without proper windblocks, dogs with significant hair loss, and flaking paint, rusted metal and rusted metal in kennels. To view USDA  photos, click here
  10. Judy Green, Draper Hill Kennel. Lebanon Missouri.  43-A-5060 – 14 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  11. Wendy Hawley, Shadow Fax Kennel. Macomb, Missouri 43-A-0373 – 48 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Brandon and Christina Hillyard / Gale Whitaker. Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 48-A-1431- 113 adult breeding dogs.
  14. Mary Johnson, McCune, Kansas- 48-A-1570 – 59 adult breeding dogs.
  15. Linda and Richard Barton, Liberal Missouri. 43-A-5064 . 74 adult breeding dogs.
  16. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 48-A-2109- 117 adult breeding dogs.
  17. Mary and Tim Feldmann, Raspberry Creek Kennel, Sheldon Missouri. 43-A-5764 . 39 adult breeding dogs. They have been in trouble for lacking information about sellers for dogs purchased. 
  18. Lewis Bloom, Blooms Kennels. Clay Center, Kansas-  48-A-1316- 64 adult breeding dogs.
  19. Stacy and Don Jones, Sassy Classy Canines. Lebanon, Missouri- 43-A-5717- 54 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs living in metal boxes with no insulation, weeds, dogs with eye conditions, and medications without labels for use on dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. 
  20. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-1294- 158 adult breeding dogs.
  21. Barbara Lyon, Dixon Missouri. 43-A-5166- 27 adult breeding dogs.
  22. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws, Neosho, Missouri-  43-A-5929 – 27 adult breeding dogs.
  23. Michelle Russell, Big Creek Kennel. Erie, Kansas- 48-A-1869 – 81 adult breeding dogs.
  24. Jennifer Rice, Ricenick Kennels. Girard, Kansas-  48-A-1736- 98 adult breeding dogs.
  25. Ken, Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 43-A-6038162 adult breeding dogs
  26. Jolena and Matthew Herschberger. Chetopa, Kansas- 48-A-2175- 25 adult breeding dogs.
  27. Bob and Pam Middleton, Shaded Shelties Kennels,  43-A-2190 , 67 adult breeding dogs.
  28. Carolyn Jurewicz, Pea Ridge Kennels, Mansfield, Missouri- 43-A-0669 – 22 adult breeding dogs.

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Trendy Pet & Rescue – 7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale

All of the breeder names were obtained directly from the Animal Kingdom (Trendy pets) website. We are adding information as we know it, and pointing out how many adult breeding dogs each breeder has on their site. This is a direct quote from AK. “We investigate all of our breeders whether they are hobby or professional. We scrutinize all of our breeders’ U.S.D.A. inspection records and investigate them prior to conducting business. We conduct on-site breeder inspections at least twice a year.” 

  1. Elaine Wilson, Everton Missouri-  43-A-4205 . 196 adults, 96 puppies
  2. Angela Fromm, Dogue DeRanch Fromm Faust. Miami, Oklahoma- 73-A-2673- 24 adult breeding dogs.Dogs are kept outside in kennels and are not raised as pets. To view USDA photos, click here
  3. PAULA HEAD: unlicensed. 
  4. ANGELA NOLAND: unlicensed. 
  5. Judy Green, Draper Hill Kennel. Lebanon Missouri.  43-A-5060 – 14 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.  
  6. Brandon and Christina Hillyard / Gale Whitaker. Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 48-A-1431- 113 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Jack and Debbie Bixler. Harrison, Arkansas-  71-B-0193- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Josh and Tara Dillow. Erie, Kansas. -48-A-2019- 63 adult breeding dogs.
  9. MERLIN BEILER: unlicensed. 
  10. Mary and Tim Feldmann, Raspberry Creek Kennel, Sheldon Missouri. 43-A-5764 . 39 adult breeding dogs.They have been in trouble for lacking information about sellers for dogs purchased. 
  11. RHONDA PARKS: unlicensed. 
  12. Bob and Pam Middleton, Shaded Shelties Kennels,  43-A-2190 , 67 adult breeding dogs.
  13. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 48-A-2109- 117 adult breeding dogs.
  14. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws, Neosho, Missouri-  43-A-5929 – 27 adult breeding dogs.
  15. Mary Johnson, McCune, Kansas- 48-A-1570 – 59 adult breeding dogs.
  16. Carolyn Jurewicz, Pea Ridge Kennels, Mansfield, Missouri- 43-A-0669 – 22 adult breeding dogs.
  17. Barbara Lyon, Dixon Missouri. 43-A-5166- 27 adult breeding dogs.

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Arizona connecting them to some large scale puppy mills across the Midwest. Please, 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 information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji . You can also send an email to bailingoutbenji@gmail.com

©Bailing Out Benji 2017

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

** To those consumers that have bought a family member from any 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 or puppymillfreeaz@gmail.com