Iowa Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

©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.

To view this map or print it, click here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/puppy-mill-maps/#Iowa

 

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 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:

  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 Iowa 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 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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The Bird Cage Pet Store guarantee… Straight from their website

Bird Cage Pet Shop- 2719 E Kanesville, Blvd, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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

  1. Becky Busboom-  Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. 
  2. Pam Habbinga- Boyden, Iowa.  111 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including cracked flooring that cannot be sufficiently cleaned. 
  3. Pete and Susie Swihart, Oak Colony Kennels- Glenwood, Iowa. Currently unlicensed (as far as we can tell). However previous USDA license shows that they have a history of violations including having medication in their fridge that was expired (One was over a year and the other was two years expired) We can only speculate that these were used on the dogs.  They were also written up for having old and frozen feces in the cages. 

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Critter Nation- 637 2nd Street, Webster City, 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 Critter Nation has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Nancy and Thomas Carlson, New Design Kennels- Rockwell City, Iowa- 178 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: excessive rust in the kennels, eroded/pitting rails in the kennels, completely rusted through kennels, and a build-up of hair, debris and grime around and within the drain in the “Housetrailer” in which the dogs are kept. To view more information on New Design Kennels, click here and also here.
  2. Rex and Deb Meyers, Century Farm Puppies- Grundy Center, Iowa-  157 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: use of expired medications and cobwebs/feces in kennels.
  3. Betty Lu Janssen, Picket Fence Kennels, Palmer, Iowa- 30 dogs on premises. Unable to find current breeding license. Last CVI’s showing puppies sold to pet stores in 2015. 

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Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe- 412 Burnett Ave, Ames 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 Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Nancy and Thomas Carlson, New Design Kennels- Rockwell City, Iowa- 178 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: excessive rust in the kennels, eroded/pitting rails in the kennels, completely rusted through kennels, and a build-up of hair, debris and grime around and within the drain in the “Housetrailer” in which the dogs are kept. To view more information on New Design Kennels, click here and also here.
  2. Rex and Deb Meyers, Century Farm Puppies- Grundy Center, Iowa-  157 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: use of expired medications and cobwebs/feces in kennels.
  3. Betty Lu Janssen, Picket Fence Kennels, Palmer, Iowa- 30 dogs on premises. Unable to find current breeding license. Last CVI’s showing puppies sold to pet stores in 2015.

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Yes… Certified breeders that have hundreds of adult breeding dogs. Taken from their website.

Pet’s Playhouse- 151 Jacolyn Dr NW, Cedar Rapids, 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 Pet’s Playhouse has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Marvin and Joanna Newswanger, Maple Tree Kennels. 331 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: cages with holes in wire flooring that are too wide and paws/bodies fall through, top of enclosures covered in hair and wood shaving dust (breeder reported that area is cleaned twice a year), and an ‘abundance of litters’ caused puppies to be housed in feed/bedding storage areas. To learn more about this breeder, click here:

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Teske’s Pet & Garden- 2395 Spruce Hills Dr, Bettendorf, Iowa (also 2423 16th St, Moline, Illinois)

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.  We are still gaining CVI’s on this pet store

  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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And now for the monster pet store in Iowa… Petland. Petland stores from across the country have been connected to notorious puppy mills. Sadly, it is more of the same for our Iowa store. 

Petland has strict guidelines. Read about the breeders they support below.

Petland, Iowa City- 1851 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, 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 Petland- Iowa City has purchased from in  2016 and 2017. 

  1. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 47 adult breeding dogs 
  2. Jonathan Yutzy, Bloomfield Iowa- 73 adult breeding dogs with severe violations including: Performs tail docking and dew claw removal on his own- no vet, having dogs with missing eyes, cloudy eyes, horrible teeth and missing teeth. To view USDA photos of this kennel, click here
  3. James Yoder, Taylor Ridge, Bloomfield Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs. Newer USDA license and already has violations including: using expired medications on dogs and a severe fly problem on dogs. 
  4. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge, Centerville Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs , USDA licensed to a PO box in a different town. 
  5. Erwin Yoder, Yoders Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe accumulation of feces frozen to cement
  8. Marvin Mullet, Cloverridge Kennel, Corydon, Iowa- 85 adult breeding dogs. Violations including:  kennels not impervious to moisture. This breeder also cancelled their former license (Rosen Mary Kennels) and started this new one in order to hide their long list of violations including: dogs with cloudy eyes, rusted kennels, expired medications used on dogs, medications not meant for dogs being used on them. To view USDA photos, click here
  9. Rosie and Henry Sommers, Happy Puppys, Cincinnati Iowa- (intentionally spelled last name wrong on all CVIs) 46 adult breeding dogs with a lot of violations including: Chewed feeders, severe hair and dirt build up in kennels, No vet care plan, limping dogs (breeder unsure why), cages too small for the dogs housed, and no ID for several dogs. 
  10. James E Yoder, Bloomfield, Iowa- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs
  12. Midwest Newfoundland Kennel, Cincinnati Iowa – 28 adults, but violations with filthy kennels including rat feces in the kennels. “Newer” USDA breeder
  13. Levi Schlabach, That’ll Do Kennel- Seymour, IA – 16 adult breeding dogs
  14. Andy Wilson, Puppy Paradise Farm,  Salem Iowa- Cancelled license. Is now operating as Rycki Leraaen (same address) but Country Lane Kennels . 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Teresa Good, Memphis Missouri- 112 adult breeding dogs
  16. 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
  17. Wilbur Bontrager, Dalton Wisconsin (Dropped off in Bloomfield for pick up at Amish facilities). 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. John Bontrager JR, Dalton Wisconsin (Dropped off in Bloomfield for pick up at Amish facilities). 60 breeding dogs. 
  19. William Kurtz, Augusta Wisconsin- 58 breeding adults. Horrible Hundred 2016 – Filthy conditions, severely matted dogs, and excessive feces; fined $3,089 by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture due to noncompliance.To view USDA photos from this kennel, click here
  20. Pete and Susie Swihart, Oak Colony Kennels- Glenwood, Iowa. Currently unlicensed (as far as we can tell). However previous USDA license shows that they have a history of violations including having medication in their fridge that was expired (One was over a year and the other was two years expired) We can only speculate that these were used on the dogs.  They were also written up for having old and frozen feces in the cages. 
  21. Mike and Tricia Jouwstra, Jouwstra Kennels. Edgerton, Minnesota- 96 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with injuries that had not received vet care, excessive tartar build up on teeth, excessively long nails, illegally transporting dogs without proper paperwork, and reusing USDA tag numbers on new dogs. To view USDA photos of this kennel, click here. 
  22. Menning Enterprises, Edgerton, Minnesota- 543 adult breeding dogs. Sells to pet stores and brokers from all over the country

It appears as though Petland has also purchased at least 15 puppies from 13 unlicensed breeders from across the Midwest. Stay tuned for more information on this! 

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In addition to the pet stores above, there are several more pet stores in Iowa selling puppies from commercial breeders. They include: 

Wings N Things (Clinton) 
The Dog House (Sheldon)
Pet Mart (Bettendorf)
Randy’s Pet Shop (Ottumwa) 
We are still going over CVIs for the pet stores that we already listed, as well as the ones we mentioned above.

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Iowa and proof from the Iowa Department of Agriculture connecting them to some of the most notorious puppy mills in the United States. Sadly, Iowa is also guilty of having many horrible puppy mills supplying pet stores all over the country. Specifically Nebraska, Colorado, and many more

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. You could also help us by printing our educational materials and hanging them up in YOUR town!

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©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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** To those consumers that have bought a family member from any puppy store, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to email us with any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your puppy came from. Contact us at :  bailingoutbenji@gmail.com

 

If you want to see CVI data from other states, click here