Iowa Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

©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 2018 and 2019. 

For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on Facebook or contact us through the form below. 

*Please note* We do not receive documents about the Iowa breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. Because of that, some facilities the stores source from will not be reflected. 

If you bought a puppy from a pet store and want to know more about its origins, please fill out the form at the bottom of the article. 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

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

  1. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska– Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys from, click here
  2. Pam Habbinga, Habbinga Kennels. Boyden, Iowa- 148 adult breeding dogs and 68 puppies 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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The Dog House- 4920 320th St, Sheldon, IA 51201

  1. Leonard Stover, Northwest Kennel. Sheldon, Iowa- 103 adult breeding dogs and 64 puppies. The owner of this facility owns and supplies his own pet store. Stover has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country, twice, due to his violations. 

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Petland, Iowa City- 1851 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, Iowa.

  1. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 65 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. 
  3. James E and Sarah Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 63 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: using expired medications and having a severe fly problem in their kennels. They operate under two separate licenses.
  4. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge Kennel. Centerville, Iowa- 23 adult breeding dogs.
  5. Erwin Yoder, Yoder Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe accumulation of feces frozen to cement
  8. Marvin and Rosemary Mullet, Clover Ridge Kennel AKA Rosen Mary Kennels.  Corydon, Iowa- 96 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. 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.
  9. Rosie and Henry Sommers, Happy Puppys. Cincinnati, Iowa- (intentionally spelled last name wrong on all CVIs) 45 adult breeding dogs . This breeder has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country due to their violations in the years 2020 , 2018 , 2017 and 2016. 
  10. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 55 adult breeding dogs
  11. Eli Gingerich, Trail End Acres FKA Midwest Newfoundland LLC. Winterset, Iowa- 35 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Levi and Esther D Schlabach, That’ll Do Kennel. Seymour, IA – 19 adult breeding dogs
  13. Andy Wilson, Puppy Paradise Farm,  Salem Iowa- Cancelled license. Is now operating as Rycki Leraaen (same address) but Country Lane Kennels . 36 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Calvin and Teresa GoodCT Kennels. Memphis, Missouri- 116 adult breeding dogs
  15. Perry and Mattie Bontrager,  Cedar Hill Kennel. Dalton, Wisconsin- 77 adult breeding dogs.
  16. Wilbur Bontrager. Dalton, Wisconsin- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. John Bontrager JR. Dalton, Wisconsin-. 60 breeding dogs. 
  18. William H and Sylvia Kurtz, Valley Kennel. Augusta, Wisconsin- 98 breeding adults.  Filthy conditions, severely matted dogs, and excessive feces; fined $3,089 by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture due to noncompliance. 
  19. 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. 
  20. Mike and Tricia Jouwstra, Jouwstra Kennels. Edgerton, Minnesota- 93 adult breeding dogs. 
  21. Menning Enterprises, Edgerton, Minnesota- 264 adult breeding dogs and 423 puppies. ]
  22. Amos Yoder, Skyline View LLC, St Charles, Minnesota- 91 adult breeding dogs, 72 puppies
  23. Kallie and Josh Bateman, “Bateman Diversified” AKA Puppy Travelers Transport AKA Florida West Transport. Neosho, Missouri- This company transports puppies to Florida under many different names and they were recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country due to their transport practices. In February 2018, 24 puppies were seized from a Puppy Travelers transport van outside a Petland store in Fort Myers, Florida. The puppies were found with “urine, feces and no water” in their cages, according to news sources, and many of them were sick. This transporter was named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. To view the entire report, click here.
  24. Leroy Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels. Saint Charles Minnesota- 64 adult breeding dogs, 42 puppies. 
  25. Toby F Detweiler, Hidden Hollow Kennels. Saint Charles, Minnesota- 40 adult breeding dogs 
  26. John Henry Miller, Utica Minnesota- 45 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. Henry Yoder, Utica, Minnesota- 48 adult breeding dogs 
  28. David D Yoder Jr. Utica, Minnesota- 32 adult breeding dogs. 
  29. Leon and Esther Troyer.  Jamesport, Missouri- 66 adult breeding dogs. 
  30. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies. Memphis, Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs and 181 puppies.
  31. Betty Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri-  123 adult breeding dogs and 78 puppies. 
  32. Jonathan Detweiler, Shady Oak Frenchies. Princeton, Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs and 74 puppies. Under previous USDA number, Detweiler had hundreds of breeding dogs and numerous violations regarding the health of his dogs and issues with kennels. 
  33. Joseph Detweiler, Cedar View Kennel AKA Sunset Ridge Kennels. Princeton, Missouri- 31 adult breeding dogs. 
  34. Rhoda and Stephen Detweiler, Timberline Kennel. Princeton, Missouri- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  35. Reuben Yutzy, Little Paw Kennels. Jamesport, Missouri- 47 adult breeding dogs. 
  36. Samuel and Rachel Mast, Trenton Missouri- 40 adult breeding dogs. 
  37. Devon Schlabach, Honey Locust Kennel. Princeton Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs 
  38. Daniel Yoder. Princeton Missouri- 65 adult breeding dogs 
  39. Dave and Janet Lovland,  Loveland Kennels. Macon, Missouri- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  40. Pam Wilson, Gallatin Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs. Wilson runs one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country.
  41. Ura Troyer, Countryside Kennels. Bethany Missouri- 106 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  42. Justin Horst, Edina Missouri- unable to access records.
  43. Ammon Herschberger, Spickard Missouri- is an unlicensed breeder. 
  44. Anna Mae Good, Playful Puppies. Rutledge, Missouri- 88 adult breeding dogs and 44 puppies. 
  45. Toby Herschberger. Spickard, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  46. Jonas Hostetler. Jamesport, Missouri- 10 adult breeding dogs 
  47. Andy Zook. Spickard, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  48. Randall & Sheree Bonnette.  Chillicothe, Missouri- 149 adult breeding dogs and 61 puppies. 
  49. Audrey Reiff. Arbela, Missouri- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  50. Sam Schwartz, Autumn View Farm. La Plata, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs

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Pet’s Playhouse- 151 Jacolyn Dr NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  1. Marvin and Joanna Newswanger, Maple Tree Kennels. 330 adult breeding dogs and 210 puppies.

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

  1. Melinda Wiemann, Wie Wag Kennel, Donnellson Iowa- 38 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  2. Bill and Theckla Triplett. Livonia, Missouri-  97 Adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies.

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Below you will see a few stores that have recently closed but were selling puppies from puppy mills. 

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Critter Nation- 637 2nd Street, Webster City, Iowa. – PERMANENTLY CLOSED. 

  1. Nancy and Thomas Carlson, New Design Kennels- Rockwell City, Iowa- 117 adult breeding dogs and 64 puppies. 
  2. Rex and Deb Meyers, Century Farm Puppies- Grundy Center, Iowa-  150 adult breeding dogs and 114 puppies. 

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Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe- 412 Burnett Ave, Ames Iowa- PERMANENTLY CLOSED! 

  1. Nancy and Thomas Carlson, New Design Kennels- Rockwell City, Iowa- 117 adult breeding dogs and 64 puppies. 
  2. Rex and Deb Meyers, Century Farm Puppies- Grundy Center, Iowa-  150 adult breeding dogs and 114 puppies. 

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Pet Mart- 6027 N Brady St, Davenport, IA 52807

  1. Pam Coenen (Loenen)- Sieg, Luana, Iowa- 60 adult breeding dogs. 

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For more ways you can help the dogs trapped in puppy millsclick here.

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

©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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**Have you purchased a puppy from an Iowa Pet Store? From another pet store or breeder? Fill out the form below and we will help you track down where your puppy was born and provide any inspection reports we have! 

 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

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