Illinois Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2018
All research and information was done by the volunteer teams at Bailing Out Benji and Safe Pets For Joliet 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. These group are  committed to raising awareness about the puppy mill issue, particularly the connection to pet stores. 

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 createpuppy 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Illinois Department of Agriculture, 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 2015, 2016 and 2017.  For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook

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Teske’s Pet & Garden- 2423 16th St, Moline, Illinois. (Their other location is: 2395 Spruce Hills Dr, Bettendorf, Iowa) 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, as well as our own personal research, these are some of the breeders that Teske’s has purchased from.  

  1. Melinda Wiemann, Wie Wag Kennel, Donnellson Iowa- 72 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including:  dogs with severe dental issues, veterinarian not visiting kennel in over a year, not properly  keeping track of dogs (only 46 dogs were in the records but 91 were counted at time of inspection)

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Pet Luv 8057 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Pet Luv has purchased from in 2015.

  1. Steve Kruse, Stonehenge Kennel. West Point, Iowa- 156 adult breeding dogs (down from over 800 on last inspection). Kruse runs one of the largest puppy mills in the country and sells to pet stores all over the country. He was named one of the Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills  several times and has a history of violations including: Injured/Sick/New dogs (with no vet and no quarantine), extreme hairloss on dogs, open wounds, eye discharge in many dogs, abnormal eyes, matted fur, excessively chewed/worn wood in kennels, many dogs in kennels that were excessively small, no excercise plan, fecal matter mixed in with dog food. To view more information on this truly horrible puppy mill, click here
  2. Randy Stoen, Dows Iowa- 62 adult breeding dogs. Stoen is a very dangerous puppy mill owner in Iowa. Not only does he have horrible violations, but he has threatened to kill USDA inspectors that come on to his property. Some of his violations include: Threatened physical and verbal abuses to inspector. Threatened to stick needle in their neck and shoot them with a gun, No IDs on the adult dogs, Dogs had chewed holes in walls, rusty chain link/poles/pipes, excessive feces,  medical violations including: male Japanese Chin with green mucus covering eyes, excessive matting, male cocker with neck wound and sores on nose, male golden retriever with open wound on ear from debri hitting him during a storm. Identification violations: 36 dogs with no official IDs. Housing violations including: a golden retriever in an enclosure with cattle panels that allow the dog to stick its head through the openings, excessive rusting, chewed doors with sharp edges, excessive feces build up. To view reports on the Stoen puppy mill, click here and here.
  3. J.A.Ks Puppies, Britt  Iowa-  (Broker). 97 puppies, but has had hundreds of puppies at one time before shipping them in semis to pet stores

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Furry Babies Chain of Stores. 

3340 Mall Loop Dr Suite 1240, Joliet, Illinois 

703 Stratford Dr, Bloomingdale, Illinois 

2352 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora, Illinois 

7200 Harrison Avenue Suite F39, Rockford, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that the Furry Babies has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Pat Bagwell, Augusta, Arkansas- 24 adult breeding dogs, 71 puppies. 
  2. Karen Baker, Kute Kozy K. Redding, Iowa- Currently only has 15 adult breeding dogs, down from over 50. This was after Karen cancelled her first USDA licensed and started a secondary one to erase the numerous violations she had in the past, including: animal waste next to cages that was “several inches deep”, no bedding in outdoor shelters, severe accumulation of mouse droppings and dust in kennels, cages too small for the dogs and severe accumulation of brown grime in kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  3. Linda Baker, Okie Pets. Kethchum Oklahoma- 30 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with excessively long toenails, dogs with eye issues, dogs not examined by vets, dogs with severe matting, and cages too small for dogs to sit up, turn around and lie down in
  4. Sandra Balentine, Balentine’s Kennels. Mountainview Arkansas- 135 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with swelling and lesions on paws, not examined by vet, dogs with eye disease also not examined by vet ; dogs with dental disease, not examined by vet, dogs with excessively long toenails curling into pad,  dogs with matted hair, dogs in kennels that are too small, rusted metal with sharp edges in housing, enclosures in disrepair,  buildup of  grime on doors, fly infestation.
  5. Randall & Sheree Bonnette – Chillicothe, Missouri- 80 adult breeding dogs
  6. Benita Boyd, Peel Arkansas- 51 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with green discharge in eyes (untreated by vets), breeding dogs being housed outside without shelter, and dogs with red/swollen paws that hadn’t been seen by a vet. To view USDA inspection reports, click here
  7. Jason and Marilyn Bixenmen, Circle B Farms. New Cambria, Missouri- 108 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: Usage of medications not labeled for use in dogs, expired medications, and unlabeled medications; responsible adult not present to allow inspection. To view undercover footage from their puppy mill, click here
  8. Linda Brasher, Elite Puppies. Havana, Arkansas- 100 adults breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Excessive feces and discarded building materials in dog housing.
  9. Betty Bratcher, Buffalo, Kansas- “only” has 15 adult breeding dogs BUT she changed her USDA license number to erase former violations including: Using expired medications; broken wire in run with sharp edges, dog shelters without wind/rain breaks; licensee not present to allow inspection, dogs without veterinary care, and not having proper paperwork on dogs. To view USDA Inspection photos, click here
  10. Kathy Brown, Novinger, Missouri- 184 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: dogs living in standing muddy water, inadequate shelter, dirty water receptacles, etc. To view USDA inspection photos of this kennel,click here.
  11. Marlene and Jerry Bundy, Hollow Tree Kennel. Shell Knob, Missouri- 96 adult breeding dogs. To view undercover footage of this puppy mill, click here
  12. Eddie Burkholder, Walnut Creek Pups.. Sugar Creek Ohio. 32 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: Mesh flooring in enclosures with dogs’ legs falling through.
  13. Canterbury Tails pets, McPherson Kansas- 286 adult breeding dogs, 144 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with open lacerations, bent and rusted wires poking into kennels, and dogs with cloudy eyes. To view USDA inspection photosclick here. 
  14. Kathy and William Clarke, Clark’s Hillside Kennels. Yates Center, Kansas71 adult breeding dogs who are living in filthy conditions. Their previous violations include: dogs with severe tick infestations on face and ears (1 died, 1 euthanized),  dog with open wound on face, dogs limping, dog swith hair loss, dogs with dental disease, dogs with foot swelling, water receptacles not cleaned/sanitized, feces on doors and shelter walls, dogs not seen by a vet. Previous Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  15. Shelley and Lonnie Cox, Big Creek Kennel. Pocahontas Arkansas- 204 adult breeding dogs
  16. Marie Doherty, Doherty’s Family Pets. Fulton, Kansas276 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. Shawnie Evans, Keota, Oklahoma- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Daniel Schlabach, Evergreen Designer LLC, Charm Ohio- 265 adult breeding dogs and 241 puppies. There was a fire in 30-by-90-foot pole barn in February 2017 that killed “hundreds of dogs” according to fire chief quoted in the Coshocton Tribune. They have a history of violations including excessively thin dogs, dogs with tumors, dogs with hair loss, dogs with raw skin on feet, excessive dirt and feces buildup. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  19. Betsy Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri- 103 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including severe accumulation of feces in kennels, and inadequate wind and rain protection for outdoor dogs. 
  20. Linda and John Fromm, J&L Kennels. Chetopa, Kansas-  158 adult breeding dogs.
  21. Sherri Gillum, Unionville Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here
  22. Ruth Ann and Gary Goostree, Rafter G Kennel. Rocky Comfort, Missouri- 44 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with severely matted hair, eye disease, and dental disease,  dogs with skin disease, dogs with mammary mass/infection,  licensee could not “handle the dog”, ventilation turned off resulting in high ammonia levels in shelter; holes in enclosures with sharp edges; none of the dogs mentioned had been seen by a vet
  23. Henry and Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Morgans and Puppies. Odon, Indiana- 70 puppies. 
  24. Willis Hershberger, Pine Ridge Puppies. Fresno, Ohio- 64 dogs and a history of violations including : Dogs with eye disease and open sores on paws, not examined by vet. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  25. Gary Hewitt, Licks are kisses Kennel. Edgemont, Arkansas- 44 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including; dogs limping, not examined by vet.
  26. Kelli Hynes, Hays Kansas- Dog Broker who buys from relative (on the same property) Izene Hays who has 128 adult breeding dogs and a history of violations including: dogs with significant hair loss, scabs, eye discharge, and horrible teeth issues
  27. Pamela Knapp. Prim, Arkansas- 30 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: wire flooring in enclosures with dogs’ legs falling through; accumulation of “grime” on flooring and walls in housing; food and water receptacles not cleaned/sanitized; fly infestation; responsible adult not present to allow inspection.
  28. Erika Lansdown, Seymour  Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  29. Tammy and Terry Lansdown, Lansdown Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 159 adult breeding dogs. 
  30. Abe Miller, Lone Oak Kennel. Fresno, Ohio- 42 adult breeding dogs, 285 puppies. 
  31. Bob Mackey,  TLC Breeds. Sayre, Oklahoma- 203 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with eye disease and bleeding cut on leg,  dogs with dental disease, dogs with eye disease, unnoticed; affected dogs not having been seen by a vet, using medication not approved for dogs; using expired and unlabeled medication; insufficient drainage and unsanitary living conditions; food contaminated with rodent waste; holes in enclosure floors with dogs’ legs falling through; broken wires with sharp edges in enclosures; enclosures in disrepair; rodent infestation.
  32. Shonda and Heath Madison, Cassville Missouri- 93 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  33. Jerri and Wayne Marlin, Marlin Kennel. Salem, Missouri- 32 adult breeding dogs. 
  34. Ivan Mast, Mini Mountain Kennel. Millersburg, Ohio- 327 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including; dogs with excessively long toenails. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here.
  35. Doug McFadin, Lebanon Missouri- 34 adult breeding dogs. 
  36. Clinton and Marlene Michel, Iron Bridge Road Farm. Long Lane, Missouri- 88 adult breeding dogs. 
  37. Toba and Ann Miller, Miller’s Kennel. Clark, Missouri- 48 adult breeding dogs. 
  38. David Miller, Baltic Ohio- 192 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with open wounds in paws, not examined by vet; dogs with eye disease, not examined by vet.
  39. Melanie and Mike Moore, M.A.M. Kennel. Lamar, Missouri- 174 adult breeding dogs.
  40. Jesus Morfin, Berryville Arkansas- over 285 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with dental disease, dogs not examined by vet
  41. Kathy Parish and Caleb Nichols. Purple Circle Bulldogs and K&J Kennel. Mansfield, Arkansas- 63 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with dental disease, not examined by vet; veterinary care program incomplete; doors with accumulation of “dirt and grime” and rust; enclosures in disrepair; machinery and “junk” in housing; waste drainage system clogged; broken wire fencing with sharp edges; openings in floors with dogs’ legs falling through; unsanitary living conditions; fly infestation; exercise program incomplete. To view USDA photo of this facility, click here
  42. Amanda and Greg Pickett. Picket’s Puppies. Longton, Kansas- 31 adult breeding dogs. 
  43. Brenda and Ted Ponting, Hale Missouri- 89 adult breeding dogs. 
  44. Ervin Raber, Golden View Kennels. Baltic, Ohio- 259 adult breeding dogs. No adult on site to allow inspection. 
  45. Freeman Raber, Raber Kennels. Baltic, Ohio- 183 adult breeding dogs, 200 puppies. No adult on site to allow inspection. 
  46. Jonas D Raber, Sunset Kennels. Millersburg, Ohio- 120 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with skin disease, unnoticed – 1 of these dogs was reexamined by inspector 12 days later and found to have 3-inch lesion, not examined by vet – same dog was reexamined by inspector 2 months later and found to have open mass on paw, not examined by vet – same dog was euthanized 2 weeks later instead of receiving treatment;  dogs with dental disease, not examined by vet – both dogs were reexamined by inspector 3 weeks later and was still not examined by vet – 1dog was euthanized 2 weeks later instead of receiving treatment; dog with five masses on paws, not examined by vet – same dog was euthanized 2 weeks later instead of receiving treatment; dog with lesion, not examined by vet – same dog was euthanized 2 weeks later instead of receiving treatment; dog with skin disease, not examined by vet – same dog was euthanized 2 weeks later instead of receiving treatment; dogs with lesions and skin disease, not examined by vet; “several additional animals… with health issues that have not been noticed by the licensee”; dog with extended and swollen penis, not examined by vet; dogs with ulcerations on ears, not examined by vet; dogs limping, not examined by vet; inadequate ventilation with indoor housing temperatures up to 92 degrees; accumulation of “grime” and urine scale in cages; rodent infestation; unsanitary living conditions; shelter with leaking roof; 14 dogs with no identification, “many” dogs with incomplete records; licensee not present to allow inspection. To view USDA inspection photos of this facility, click here
  47. Audrey Rottinghaus Wendy Pets. Seneca, Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dog’s head entrapped in unsecured enclosure cover,  dogs with dental disease, not examined by vet; dogs with limp, not examined by vet; food receptacles not cleaned/sanitized; responsible adult not present to allow inspection. To view USDA inspection photos of the facility, click here. 
  48.  Derek/Sandra Rottinghaus (R Family Kennel), also doing business asKrystal Tangeman (Kitts Pets). Seneca Kansas- This breeder has been in business for many years and operates under various names. What doesn’t change is the serious violations that they incur and the conditions in which the adult dogs are forced to live in, which include: dogs with severe dental problems, rusted cages, sharp points poking into cages, holes in kennel walls, dogs with no identification, dogs with eye issues, dogs with obvious and painful injuries, dogs with missing ears and injured jaws, many of these dogs not having been seen by a vet. To view USDA photos on this puppy mill, click here. This mill has also been on the 2016 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill list.
  49. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies. 
  50. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy,  Quapaw, Oklahoma- 58 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Food storage with rodent droppings and insects; feces surrounding enclosures; loose metal with sharp edges in enclosures; no exercise program; food and water receptacles not cleaned/sanitized; fly infestation. To view USDA inspection photos of this facility, click here and here.
  51. Sixth Day Kennels, Pocahontas, Arkansas- 33 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Water bowls with accumulations of green algae and a responsible adult not present to allow inspection.
  52. Mary Smith, Smith’s Kennels. Salem, Missouri- 95 adult breeding dogs. 
  53. Julie Snidow and Jay Black Burn. Galt, Missouri-  153 adult breeding dogs
  54. Sobrad LLC, Pinnacle Pet. Neosho, Missouri- 353 puppies. 
  55. Tiffanie Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small
  56. Duane Troyer, Stone Hedge Kennel. Dundee, Ohio- 56 adult breeding dogs
  57. Levi Troyer, Center Ridge Kennels. Fresno, Ohio- 171 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including:  incomplete forms on dogs; outdoor areas of sevral enclosures had build up of urine and fecal material on concrete along walls and ground, dogs with eye and dental disease (not seen by a vet), use of expired medications. To view USDA inspection photos of this facility, click here
  58. Monty, Darci, Melissa and Ron Troyer. Riverside Kennel. Milford, Nebraska- 81 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe dental disease in dogs and not having a responsible adult on the property for the inspection
  59. Lester Wagler. Kansas- 18 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: Dog with “cauliflower looking growth of tissue” without vet examination; inadequate parasite control program; holes and gaps in enclosure flooring; rodents in feed; water receptacles with “sharp, jagged edge,” responsible adult not present to allow inspection.
  60. Judy and Dennis Walles. Ox Arcs Kennels. Galena, Missouri- 183 adult breeding dogs. 
  61. Deborah Warren, Misty Dew Kennels. Pierce City, Missouri- 144 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with severe accumulation of dental disease and excessively long toenails. To view USDA inspection photos click here
  62. Vanessa Watts, Rock Springs Kennel. Leslie, Arkansas- 120 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with eye disease that haven’t been seen by a vet
  63. Fred Whitelaw, Marshall Arkansas-  167 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with matted eyes, dull hair coat and slow movements; shelter building has rusted and worn/sharp edges and surfaces.
  64. Darlene Whitman, O’ My Heart Kennels. Mountain Grove, Missouri- 112 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: power washing the kennels with the dogs inside, very thin/lethargic/shivering dogs, kennels without heat, and use of expired medications. To view the USDA photos, click here.
  65. Sharon Wilson, Atkins Arkansas.17 adult breeding dogs. 

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Petland Joliet- 1480 N Larkin Ave, Joliet. Now Closed!! 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Joliet has purchased from in 2015. 

  1. Wanda and Harry Bonham. Missouri
  2. Katie and Freeman Detweiler. Missouri
  3. Le Roy and Joseph Detweiler, Sunset Ridge Kennels. Missouri
  4. Chris Nilges, Nilges Kennel. Missouri
  5. Herman Schinderler (Tony) QD Kennel. Missouri
  6. David and Ester Troyer. Missouri
  7. Miriam and Peter Zimmerman, Rocky Ridge Kennel. Missouri
  8. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.

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Puppy In The Window 1480 N Larkin Ave, Joliet. Now Closed!! 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Puppy in the Window has purchased from in 2016. 

  1. Beatrice Birchfield, Birchfield Kennel. Atoka, Oklahoma- 38 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Donna Brown, Ava Missouri- 517 adult breeding dogs, 219 puppies. 
  3. Katie and Freeman Detweiler, Rocky Ridge Kennel. Jamesport, Missouri- 148 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA photos of the rusty kennels where the dogs live, click here.
  4. Diana Jones, Graceland Kennel. Marshfield, Missouri- 63 adult breeding dogs (down from 117) 
  5. Suzi Livengood. Dixon, Missouri- 156 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Mildred Parmley, Oklahoma
  7. Debbie Phillips, Long Lane Missouri- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Jimmy Dowyle Powell, Jimmy’s Hilltop Kennels. Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and is one of the 2016 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills. His violations include: Nursing mother dogs were underweight with hip and rib bones protruding; others had fleas and lesions, dogs with excessive hairless and specifically he inspection report stated that a beagle with five nursing puppies “was noted to have bony prominences, an obvious waist, and loss of muscle mass” with a body score of only 2 out of 9 (5 is ideal). There was no indication that the dog was under treatment for her condition

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Petland Round Lake Beach 815 E Rollins Rd, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Round Lake has purchased from in 2017. 

  1. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.
  2. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.

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Petland Batavia, 401 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Batavia has purchased from in 2017. 

  1. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.

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Petland Chicago Ridge 110 Commons Dr, Chicago Ridge, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Chicago Ridge has purchased from in 2015.

  1. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.
  2. Eli Schrock, Drakesville Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs. New breeding facility in an area with a lot of Amish puppy mills. 
  3. Pinnaccle Pet, Neosho, Missouri- 353 Puppies
  4. Ervin Miller. Abbotsford, Wisconsin- 21 adult breeding dogs. 

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King Neptune’s Pet World 707 W Jefferson St, Shorewood, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Kings Neptune has purchased from in 2015.

  1. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.
  2. Oleo Acres, Britt Iowa- former broker in Iowa. One of their vans was stopped in Illinois a few years ago with puppies packed full in stacked cages. The puppies were traveling from Britt Iowa to pet stores in New York City. That is almost 20 hours in a van, and many of them were covered in their own feces. 
  3. J.A.Ks Puppies, Britt  Iowa-  (Broker). 97 puppies, but has had hundreds of puppies at one time before shipping them in semis to pet stores

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Odd Lot Pet Shop 7669 Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Odd Lot has purchased from in 2015.
  1. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.

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Petland Hoffman Estates 11 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Hoffman has purchased from in 2015.

  1. Mike and Sharon West, Hillside Kennel.  Unionville, Iowa- 61 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including filthy kennels and excessive dog feces build up in and around the kennels
  2. Andy Wilson and Rycki Leraaen , Puppy Paradise Farms. Salem, Iowa- This puppy mill was owned by Andy, then he cancelled his license and Rycki immediately started a license at the same property, with the same dogs and conditions. This was done to try and erase the severe violations that the licensee “Andy Wilson” was guilty of. These violations included, sick dogs with diarrhea, dogs with hairless, buildup on the dog feeders, dirt/grime/feces build up in the kennels. You can view the USDA inspection photos here.

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Petland Naperville  720 IL-59 #112, Naperville, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Naperville has purchased from in 2017.

  1. Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian.
  2. Pinnaccle Pet, Neosho, Missouri- 353 Puppies
  3. Mike and Sharon West, Hillside Kennel.  Unionville, Iowa- 61 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including filthy kennels and excessive dog feces build up in and around the kennels
  4. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.
  5. William Kurtz, Augusta Wisconsin- 58 adult breeding dogs and one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. Kurtz appeared on the 2016 horrible hundred puppy mill list and has a long history of violations including: filthy conditions, severely matted dogs, and excessive feces; fined $3,089 by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture due to noncompliance. To view a few USDA inspection photos, click here
  6. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe accumulation of feces frozen to cement
  7. Perry and Mattie Bontrager,  Cedar Hill Kennel, Dalton Wisconsin (Dropped off in Bloomfield for pick up at Amish facilities). 131 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with cloudy eyes that had not been treated by a vet. To view USDA photos of this breeder, click here.
  8. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs
  9. Levi Schlabach, That’ll Do Kennel- Seymour, IA – 16 adult breeding dogs
  10. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs. 

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Park Pet Shop 10429 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Park Pet Shop has purchased from in 2015.

  1. Oleo Acres, Britt Iowa- former broker in Iowa. One of their vans was stopped in Illinois a few years ago with puppies packed full in stacked cages. The puppies were traveling from Britt Iowa to pet stores in New York City. That is almost 20 hours in a van, and many of them were covered in their own feces. 

 

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** We are still compiling data on the stores above and more stores. Be patient with our progress! **

 

There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Illinois and the puppy mills they buy from! 

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.

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** 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