Connecticut Pet Store / Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2019
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.

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.

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 learn more about the puppy mills in your location, you can also go to our interactive website and search engine

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.

To make this easier, we will be breaking our research down alphabetically by each pet store and connecting them to the various facilities they use. All of this information has come from the Department of Agriculture and the USDA.

All of the breeders listed as associated with the pet stores sold puppies or kittens to them in the years 2020, 2019 and 2018.

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A 2 Z Pet Shop- 185 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

  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.
  2. Floy and Leah Green, Bark N Woof Kennel. Roach, Missouri- 130 adult breeding dogs and 114 puppies. 
  3. Norma Dake. Climax Springs, Missouri- 11 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: emaciated mother dog had not been taken to the vet, excessive feces in kennels. Dake was named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country.  Dake recently cancelled her USDA license. 
  4. Jonas and Samuel Miller, Shady Kennel LLC. Keytesville, Missouri- 64 adult breeding dogs with recent violations including: excessive amount of feces in more than 25% of the kennels. 
  5. Lloyda Tharp, Jandemar Cattery. Bolivar, Missouri- 26 adult breeding cats with recent violations including having five cages stacked on top one another with no solid flooring so the animal waste, urine, litter spilled foods were falling into the cages below. 
  6. Ann Quinn, Dreamaker Kennels. Niangua, Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies. 
  7. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. This breeder has both a breeder and broker license. Their brokering company received a recent violation for not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care. 
  8. Betty Lawson, Fly’N Goose Ranch. Mountain Grove, Missouri – 85 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies. This facility downsized from 102 adults.
  9. Samuel and Mahlone Beachy. Clark, Missouri- 86 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies.  
  10. Norman Gingerich. Sturgeon, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies.
  11. Nettie Letterman, Niangua Missouri- 52 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Lloyd Buck. Marshfield, Missouri- 62 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Lea and Rodney Allison, Allison’s Boxer Heaven. Powell, Missouri- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Edward and Evelyn Weber, Rockledge Farm. Ava, Missouri- 50 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. This facility is down from 105 adults
  15. Daniel M Gingerich. Clark, Missouri- 60 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. 
  16. Nocona Thompson, Never To Many Paws. Mountain Grove, Missouri- 29 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. Deborah and Nelson Allen, Judges Branch Kennel. Urbana, Missouri- 106 adult breeding dogs and 35 puppies. 
  18. Carol Novak, Evergreen Acres. Phillipsburg, Missouri- 95 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies. 
  19. Susan Martin and Jeff Heger, Heger’s Husky Haven. Granby, Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  20. Shelia and Tommy Napier, Napiers Kennels. Hartville, Missouri- 52 adult breeding dogs and 28 puppies. 
  21. Joyce Cahoj. Fair Play, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs. Cancelled USDA license. 
  22. Shirley Cook. Urbana, Missouri- 89 adult breeding dogs and 43 puppies. This facility is down from 121 adults. 
  23. Aaron NM Schwartz, Schwartz’s Kennel. Tunas, Missouri- 24 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 
  24. Rick and Shelley Kuhn, RSD Kennel. Hartville, Missouri- 54 adult breeding dogs and 45 puppies. 
  25. Debra and Rex Hopkins. Poplar Bluff, Missouri- 47 adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Pam Miller, Stonehart. Monett, Missouri-  27 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies.  
  27. Connie Decker. Dora, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies. 
  28. Regina Lafferty, Heath and Jennifer Kirkland. Ava, Missouri- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  29. Angela Kochs, Rocky Creek Inc. Niangua, Missouri- 255 adult breeding dogs and 88 puppies.  This breeder was also listed as one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  30. Paul A Henson, Hensons Dogwood Kennels. Cassville, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  31. Verla and Rodney Blosser. Buffalo, Missouri- 131 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  32. David S Zook, Green Valley Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 70 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. This facility is down from 103 adults. 
  33. Dolan Headings. Buffalo, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  34. Juanita Kimbrough, Maxinta Kennel AKA Maxanita’s Havanese . Drexel, Missouri-  91 adult breeding dogs and 35 puppies
  35. AK Shepherd, Winslow Arkansas- 31 adult breeding dogs. 
  36. Anita Gustin, Kings River Kennel. Berryville, Arkansas- 143 adult breeding dogs and 72 puppies. This facility has a history of violations including: Received official warning from USDA for seven dogs in need of veterinary care; filthy conditions; dogs with green discharge coming from their eyes; dogs with bloody stool; dental issues; overgrown nails; filthy kennels. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. Twice. 
  37. Shelba K Canfield, Brooklyn Hill Kennels. Scranton, Arkansas- 129 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  38. Donna Gunn, Whispering Pines Kennel. Cove, Arkansas- 87 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. This facility is down from 105 adults. 
  39. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy,  Quapaw, Oklahoma– 53 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies. 
  40. Chris Duvall. Jay, Oklahoma-  39 adult breeding dogs. Cancelled USDA license.
  41. Brian Swafford. Stilwell, Oklahoma- 47 dult breeding dogs. 
  42. Angela Fromm, Dogue DeRanch Fromm Faust. Miami, Oklahoma- 19 adult breeding dogs. Dogs are kept outside in kennels and are not raised as pets. 
  43. Jerry James, Twin Bridges Berners. Stilwell, Oklahoma- 11 adult breeding dogs.
  44. John Allen. Atoka, Oklahoma-4 adult breeding dogs. 
  45. Leanna and Nelson Yoder, Hardwood Kennel. Coalgate, Oklahoma- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  46. Barbara Gilbertson. Mcalester, Oklahoma- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  47. Marie Doherty, Doherty’s Family Pets. Fulton, Kansas- 235 adult breeding dogs and 111 puppies.
  48. Crystal and Linda Purifoy. New Boston, Texas- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  49. Lucas and Jared Feldhaus, Howard, South Dakota- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  50. Mose D Nisley, Millcreek Kennel and Forever Home Puppies. Millersburg, Ohio- 63 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including; very underweight dogs, cage sizes are too small, and dogs with eye issues. This breeder was named one of the worst in the entire nation.
  51. Aaron Beachy,  Hickory Lane Puppies. Baltic, Ohio- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  52. Wilma and Raymond Miller, Apple Hill Farm. Apple Creek, Ohio- 7 adult breeding dogs. 
  53. John Jamison, Stoney Creek Kennels. Arcanum, Ohio- 174 adult breeding dogs and 206 puppies. 
  54. Christ A Yoder, Creekside Kennels. Fresno, Ohio- 50 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies. 
  55. Tammy Closser. Milton, Iowa- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  56. Judy and John Maassen, J. Maassen Inc AKA Adorable Puppy. Rock Valley, Iowa – 235 adult breeding dogs and 149 puppies (down from 309 adults) . Maassen has changed USDA license numbers in an effort to hide from their history of violations including: admitting to shooting dogs as a routine form of euthanasia, swelling between toes from standing on hard wire cages, rusted wire and excessively chewed enclosures. This breeder has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  57. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  58. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies. 
  59. Jan and Ken Budden, JK Puppies AKA Creek Bottom Kennel. Maurice, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs and 79 puppies. Changes USDA number to escape past violations. 
  60. Annette Moeller, West Point Iowa- 34 adult breeding dogs and 113 puppies. 
  61. Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.

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All Pets Club- 479 E Main St, Branford, CT 06405

  1. Lorilee Thomas, Puppies Extraordinaire. Whiting, Kansas- 659 adult breeding dogs and 379 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with hair loss, wires poking into kennels, excessively long toe nails, evidence of mice, etc.   
  2. John Blaes, JB Premier Pets, Cherryvale Kansas- 180 adult breeding dogs and 115 puppies. 
  3. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs.
  4. Lacey Kauffman and Cindy Clausen, Lindley Creek Kennel. Portis, Kansas- 118 adult breeding dogs, 51 puppies.
  5. Dawn Bryant, Everything Pets LLC. Fort Scott, Kansas- 69 adult breeding dogs and 48 puppies.
  6. Derek Dougherty, Arga, Kansas – 57 adult breeding dogs and 31 puppies. 
  7. Laura and William Morland, Doc’s Kennel,. Girard, Kansas – 18 adult breeding dogs. This facility cancelled their USDA license. 
  8. Alice Shaffer, Forever Friends, McCune, Kansas – 29 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies. 
  9. Jeanna and William Johnston, Coalgate Oklahoma- 20 adult breeding dogs and 16 puppies. This facility also sellsmany puppies to notorious dog broker, Becky Busboom.
  10.  Bernita and Carleen Bernsten, Bernsten’s Kennel. La Harpe, Kansas– 111 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  11. Pinnacle Pet, Neosha, Missouri – 353 puppies
  12. Brenda Arnett. Edwards, Missouri – 108 adult breeding dogs and 33 puppies.  
  13. Gayle Baker. Minneapolis, Kansas – 36 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies.
  14. Carrie Ammann and Myra Burrow, Pigtails and Puppy dogs AKA Burrow Kounty Kennel. Osceola, Missouri – 26 adult breeding dogs, down from 129 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Judy Speak Miller, Monark Puppies.  Neosho Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  16. Lucille and Nelson Weaver. Jerico Springs, Missouri- 88 adult breeding dogs and 35 puppies. 
  17. Angela Smith, Family Lane Pets, Elkland, Missouri – 57 adult breeding dogs and 12 puppies.  This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  18. Calvin and Teresa Good, CT Kennels. Memphis, Missouri – 116 adult breeding dogs and 93 puppies.
  19. Carol Stoner. Wheatland, Missouri – 62  adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  20. Anita Gustin, Kings River Kennel. Berryville, Arkansas- 143 adult breeding dogs and 72 puppies. This facility has a history of violations including: Received official warning from USDA for seven dogs in need of veterinary care; filthy conditions; dogs with green discharge coming from their eyes; dogs with bloody stool; dental issues; overgrown nails; filthy kennels. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. Twice. 
  21. Shirley Freeman, Freeman’s Kennel. Fredonia, Kansas – 44 adult breeding dogs. 
  22. Clayton Yoder, Hidden Hollow K-9 LLC.  West Plains, Missouri – 50 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  23. Chris Duvall. Jay, Oklahoma-  39 adult breeding dogs. Cancelled USDA license.
  24. Melanie and Mike Moore, M.A.M. Kennel. Lamar, Missouri- 142 adult breeding dogs and 109 puppies. 
  25. Pam Reynolds, Cuba, Kansas – 10 Adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Ken, Abby, Ty and Sydney Anderson. Arrow Valley LLC FKA Sugar Fork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 174 adult breeding dogs, 126 puppies. Under their old license number and previous name, Arrow Valley/ Sugar Fork had a direct violation due to an inspector finding an extremely thin adult breeding dog with very prominent hips and spine, as well as white gums. The dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. In order to hide this violation, they changed license numbers and names. 
  27. Marie Doherty, Doherty’s Family Pets. Fulton, Kansas- 235 adult breeding dogs and 111 puppies.
  28. Lewis Bloom, Bloom Kennels. Clay Center, Kansas –  55 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  29. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy,  Quapaw, Oklahoma– 53 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies. 
  30. Betsy Conrad, Purple Thistle Kennel. Ava, Missouri – 14 adult breeding dogs. 
  31. Ruth Snodgrass, Quality Paws. Ashbury, Missouri –  134 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies. 
  32. Mona and Paulsen, Prairieview Kennel, Washburn, Missouri – 79 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. 
  33. Joshua Jess. Arthur, Illinois – 8 adult breeding dogs and 10 puppies. 
  34. Bill and Marcella Meyer, Indian Creek Puppies. Perryville, Missouri – 66 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies.  This breeder was also named one of the 2019 worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  35. Janet Donnelly. Inola, Oklahoma – 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  36. Dustin and Jill Westercamp. Farmington, Iowa- 90 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  37. Francis Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana – 36 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 
  38. Jerry Harris. Lamar, Missouri – 28 adult breeding dogs. Cancelled USDA license. 
  39. Patricia Sperandio and Jane Derrell Parks, Oakleaf Kennel LLC. Verona, MO – 168 adult breeding dogs and 70 puppies.
  40. Kathy and Delmar Loe, Loe Kennels. Beloit, Kansas – 87 adult breeding dogs and 63 puppies. 
  41. Carolyn Criner.  Marole Falls, Arkansas – 43 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. 
  42. Sally Suschnick, Suschnick Kennels AKA Sally’s Reds. Liberal, Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  43. Darrel and Marlene Wagler, M&D Kennels. Loogootee, Indiana – 30 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  44. Vickie Duryea. Goff, Kansas – 23 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. 
  45. Jerry James, Twin Bridges Berners. Stilwell, Oklahoma- 11 adult breeding dogs.
  46. Angela Stephens, Chat N Critters. Rocky Comfort, Missouri – 39 adult breeding dogs and 29 puppies. 
  47. Jacob King Jr. Greens Fork, Indiana – 8 adult breeding dogs. 
  48. Donald Pullen, Blue Moon Dogs. Big Cabin, Oklahoma – 46 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies. 
  49. Jason Wagler, Boggs Creek Kennel.  Loogootee, Indiana – 194 adult breeding dogs and 145 puppies. 
  50. Arba Jett, Country Best Friends. Vian, Oklahoma – 101 adult breeding dogs and 77 puppies. 
  51. Ida Mae and Edwin Wagler, I & E Kennel. Loogootee, Indiana – 73 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies. 
  52. Michelle Williams.  Columbus, Kansas – 37 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 
  53. Linda Vinyard, Golden Rule Kennel. Stockton, Missouri – 14 adult breeding dogs. Facility downsized from 72 adult breeding dogs. 
  54. Tammy Walker, What the Hay Kennels. Bolivar, Missouri – 25 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. 
  55. Linda Baker, Okie Pets AKA Forever Friends. Kethchum, Oklahoma- 112 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies

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 All Pets Club- 361 Boston Post Road North Windham, CT 06256

  1. Lorilee Thomas, Puppies Extraordinaire. Whiting, Kansas- 659 adult breeding dogs and 379 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with hair loss, wires poking into kennels, excessively long toe nails, evidence of mice, etc.   
  2. Derek Dougherty, Arga, Kansas – 57 adult breeding dogs and 31 puppies. 
  3. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs.
  4. Teresa and Bob Berthelson, Homestead Kennel. Lincoln, Kansas- 71 adult breeding dogs and 21 puppies. 
  5. John Blaes, JB Premier Pets, Cherryvale Kansas- 180 adult breeding dogs and 115 puppies. 

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All Pets Club- 405 Queen St, Southington, CT 06489

  1. Lorilee Thomas, Puppies Extraordinaire. Whiting, Kansas- 659 adult breeding dogs and 379 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with hair loss, wires poking into kennels, excessively long toe nails, evidence of mice, etc.   
  2. John Blaes, JB Premier Pets, Cherryvale Kansas- 180 adult breeding dogs and 115 puppies. 
  3. Carrie Ammann and Myra Burrow, Pigtails and Puppy dogs AKA Burrow Kounty Kennel. Osceola, Missouri – 26 adult breeding dogs, down from 129 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Judy Speak Miller, Monark Puppies.  Neosho Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  5. Alice Shaffer, Forever Friends, McCune, Kansas – 29 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies.
  6. James and Kathy Stewart, Rocky Ridge kennels. Pittsburg, Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Sally Sushnick, Sally’s Reds, Liberal, Missouri – 31 adult breeding dogs. Has changed USDA numbers in the past. 
  8. Arba Jett, Country Best Friends. Vian, Oklahoma – 101 adult breeding dogs and 77 puppies.  
  9. Pinnacle Pet, Neosha, Missouri – 353 puppies
  10. Derek Dougherty, Arga, Kansas – 57 adult breeding dogs and 31 puppies. 
  11. Lacey Kauffman and Cindy Clausen, Lindley Creek Kennel. Portis, Kansas- 118 adult breeding dogs, 51 puppies.
  12. Angela Stephens, Chat N Critters. Rocky Comfort, Missouri – 39 adult breeding dogs and 29 puppies. 
  13. Lewis Bloom, Bloom Kennels. Clay Center, Kansas –  55 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  14. Vickie Duryea. Goff, Kansas – 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Pam Reynolds, Cuba, Kansas – 10 Adult breeding dogs. 
  16. Chris Duvall. Jay, Oklahoma-  39 adult breeding dogs. Cancelled USDA license. 
  17. Carolyn Criner.  Marole Falls, Arkansas – 43 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. 
  18.  Bernita and Carleen Bernsten, Bernsten’s Kennel. La Harpe, Kansas– 111 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  19. Jason Wagler, Boggs Creek Kennel.  Loogootee, Indiana – 194 adult breeding dogs and 145 puppies. 
  20. Angela Smith, Family Lane Pets, Elkland, Missouri – 57 adult breeding dogs and 12 puppies.  This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  21. Ruth Snodgrass, Quality Paws. Ashbury, Missouri –  134 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies. 
  22. Dawn Bryant, Everything Pets LLC. Fort Scott, Kansas- 69 adult breeding dogs and 48 puppies.
  23. Dustin and Jill Westercamp. Farmington, Iowa- 90 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  24. Paul Henson, Hensons Dogwood Kennels. Cassville, Missouri – 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Marlene and Raymond Aurand, Aurand’s Kennel. Salina, Kansas- 47 adult breeding dogs and 8 puppies. This facility also has 34 adult breeding cats and 26 kittens.  
  26. Jim and Wilma Westhoff, Elk Creek Kennel. Chanute, Kansas- 6 adult breeding dogs. Down from 150 adult dogs. 
  27. Kathy White, B.A.R.K. Kennels. Green Forest, AR – 40 adult breeding dogs. 

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CT Breeders- 48 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

  1. Angela Kochs, Rocky Creek Inc. Niangua, Missouri- 255 adult breeding dogs and 88 puppies.  This breeder was also listed as one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  2. David and Esther Troyer, Clark Missouri- 62 adult breeding dogs and 35 puppies. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country, twice.
  3. Jason Scheetz, Two B Kennels. Fort Madison, Iowa- 167 adult breeding dogs and 53 puppies. 
  4. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  5. Kim Coleman, TLC Kennels, Clinton Missouri- Auctioned off all of her dogs at an auction. Prior to that had 193 adult breeding dogs and 52 puppies. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in the years 2018 , 2017 , 2016 ,  2015 , and 2013
  6. Kathy Brown, Novinger, Missouri- 138 adult breeding dogs and 113 puppies. 
  7. Jason Wagler, Boggs Creek Kennel.  Loogootee, Indiana – 194 adult breeding dogs and 145 puppies. 
  8. Betty Lawson, Fly’N Goose Ranch. Mountain Grove, Missouri – 85 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies. This facility downsized from 102 adults.
  9. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. This breeder has both a breeder and broker license. Their brokering company received a recent violation for not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care. 
  10. Audrey Rottinghaus, Wendy Pets. Seneca, Kansas- 63 adult breeding dogs and 67 puppies. This breeder has also been named as one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country, twice
  11.  Lynn Davis, Hooves N Paws Haven. Huntsville, MO – 62 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies. 
  12. Rebecca Eiler, Creekside Kennel. Oberlin, Kansas- 357 adult breeding dogs and 206 puppies on the premises. Eiler also runs a puppy mill in Nebraska that was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  13. Deborah and Mike Hubbard. Gram’s Puppies AKA Mike’s Brokerage. Sparta, Missouri- 130 puppies, with recent violations including not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care. They could not stand up, turn around or lay down. 
  14. Annette Moeller, West Point Iowa- 34 adult breeding dogs and 113 puppies. 
  15. Kelli and Izene Hynes, Hays Kansas- Dog Broker and breeder duo with 150 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies.  Izene’s breeding portion of the business was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country, twice
  16. Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  17. Scott and Ashley Harper, Lazy H Farms. Caulfield, Missouri- 202 adult breeding dogs and 163 puppies. 
  18. Shonda and Heath Madison, Madison Kennels, Pierce City, MO – 114 adult breeding dogs dogs and 93 puppies. 
  19. Justin and LaNae Jackson, Jackson Kennels. Clifton, Kansas- 362 adult breeding dogs and 210 puppies. This breeder has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2017 , 2016 , 2015 and 2013
  20. Larry Albrecht, Coldwater Kennels. Greene, Iowa- 321 adult breeding dogs and 98 puppies with a long history of violations. 
  21. Donnie and Angela Fields. Green Castle,  Missouri- 78 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  22. Edna and Elmer Troyer, Timber View Kennel. Clark,  Missouri- 67 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies. This breeder was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2020. 
  23.  Sherry Curtis, Curtis Kennel. Urbana, Missouri – 62 adult dogs and 30 puppies.
  24. Valente Rios AKA Valente Barriga, Rios Kennel. Galt, Missouri-Valente Rios, Rios Kennel. Galt, Missouri- 281 adult breeding dogs and 143 puppies, with a history of violations including: excessively thin dogs (could see hips and ribs, dogs so matted they are unable to poop, dogs with feces stuck in fur, dogs with injuries, sharp points on dog food bowls, kennels unsafe and many, many more. Rios was also listed as one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country, twice.
  25. Linda Vinyard, Golden Rule Kennel. Stockton, Missouri – 14 adult breeding dogs. Facility downsized from 72 adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Fannie S Schwartz,  Hilltop Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 100 adult breeding dogs and 74 puppies.

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Safari Stan Pet Center- 142 Amity Rd, New Haven, CT 06515.

  1. Levi Troyer, Center Ridge Kennels. Fresno, Ohio- 134 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies. 
  2. Annette Moeller, West Point Iowa- 34 adult breeding dogs and 113 puppies. 
  3. Choice Puppies, AKA The Hunte Corporation, Goodman Missouri- Until late 2016, the Hunte Corporation was one of the largest puppy brokers in the entire country. It was said to have sold over 100,000 puppies to pet stores each year. Hunte (now Choice Puppies) is the largest supplier of Petland stores across the United States. 
  4. Rebecca Eiler, Creekside Kennel. Oberlin, Kansas- 357 adult breeding dogs and 206 puppies on the premises. Eiler also runs a puppy mill in Nebraska that was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  5. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 Puppies.
  6. Ervin Raber, Golden View Kennels. Baltic, Ohio- 33 adult breeding dogs, down from 259 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. John R Yoder, Homes for Canines AKA “Holmes” for Canines. Fresno Ohio- Cancelled USDA license. 
  8. David Miller, Baltic Ohio- 147 adult breeding dogs, 127 puppies. 
  9. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy,  Quapaw, Oklahoma– 53 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies. 
  10. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  11. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  12. Erma Bontrager, Rome City, Indiana- 102 adult breeding dogs and 110 puppies. 
  13. Darrell Knepp, Montgomery Indiana- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Jason Wagler, Boggs Creek Kennel.  Loogootee, Indiana – 194 adult breeding dogs and 145 puppies. 
  15. Freeman S Raber, Raber Kennels. Baltic, Ohio- 161 adult breeding dogs and 180 puppies. 
  16. David, Kay and Earl Miller. Oronogo, Missouri- 268 adult dogs and 131 puppies. 
  17. Abe Miller. Lone Oak Kennel LLC AKA Comfort Canines. Fresno, Ohio- 285 adult breeding dogs and 45 puppies. 
  18. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC. Frankford,  Missouri – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country.
  19. Eddie Burkholder, Walnut Creek Pups. Sugar Creek, Ohio- 49 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies. 
  20. Steve, Marvin D and Naomi Lengacher, Montgomery Indiana- 38 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 

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Stores listed below have closed. 

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Puppy Kisses: 128 Federal Rd, Danbury, CT 06811- NOW CLOSED!

This pet store is also owned by a family in Missouri that operates a fake rescue in order to sell puppy mill puppies in pet stores. 

  1. Bob Mehmert, West Point Iowa- 44 adult breeding dogs with a long history of violations including: severely matted dogs, rusted and broken wire poking into kennels, dogs with eye issues, filthy kennels, and filthy feeding receptacles. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here
  2. Choice Puppies, AKA The Hunte Corporation, Goodman Missouri- Until late 2016, the Hunte Corporation was one of the largest puppy brokers in the entire country. It was said to have sold over 100,000 puppies to pet stores each year. Hunte (now Choice Puppies) is the largest supplier of Petland stores across the United States. To view an undercover video taken at Hunte, click here
  3. Leslie K Graber and  Amos Wagler, Flat Creek Farm. Loogootee, Indiana- 69 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Alvin Martin, L&D Farms AKA  A&E Farm  AKA Pine Hollow Farm LLC. Withee, Wisconsin- 348 adult breeding dogs, 218 puppies with a long history of violations including: mother dogs who are extremely thin; dogs with eye issues; licensee used expired medications; and filthy kennels. This facility has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country three separate times. 
  5. Jesse Miller, Hillsboro Wisconsin- 20 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Robert and Darla Hilton, Broken Bow Oklahoma- 118 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including  Horse cattle medications used on dogs,  Chain link divider lifted out of ground and twisted,  grime accumulations in enclosures. 
  7. Gina and Charlie Potts, Redneck Kennel. Idabel, Oklahoma- 12 adult breeding dogs 
  8. 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.
  9. Caroline Schulte, Tornado Alles Kennel.  Freeburg, Missouri- 124 adult breeding dogs, 100 puppies at the time of last inspection with a history of violations including: Heavily matted eyes; When mats were removed dog squints and blinks. Eye is red; No bedding for outdoor shelter.
  10. Michelle Baker, Baker’s Kozy Kennels. Huntington, Arkansas- 48 adult breeding dogs. 

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