Iowa Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2021

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 view the rest of our research, click here. 

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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 false. 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 2021, 2020 and 2019.

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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 facilities Busboom buys from, click here
  2. Julia Johnson, QuenJewel. Murray, Iowa- 23 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies
  3. Natalie Baker. Lorimor, Iowa- is not state or USDA licensed. Baker sells to pet stores all over the country. 

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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. Aaron Borntrager. Bloomfield, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  2. Abner Allgyer. Darlington, Wisconsin- 8 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Allan Helmuth. Bloomfield, Iowa-appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  4. Allen Reiff. Clark, Wisconsin- 56 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 
  5. Alvin Jay Mullett, Prairie View Kennels. West Plains, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and 59 puppies.
  6. Ammon Zimmerman, Paradise Valley Acres. Stitzer, Wisconsin-  70 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies. 
  7. Amos Yoder, Skyline View LLC. Saint Charles, Minnesota- 80 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  8. Andy Nisley. Bloomfield, Iowa-appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  9. Atlee Yoder, Sunset View Kennels. Hillpoint, Wisconsin- 76 adult breeding dogs and 55 puppies.
  10. Ayrand Robinson. Centerville, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  11. Benjamin Brummit. Unionville, Missouri- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  12. Betty Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri- 118 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. 
  13. Chris Gingerich, Falcon Acres. Jamesport, Missouri- 16 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies.
  14. Chris Kauffman. Moulton, Iowa- 31 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Chris Kramer, Kramer’s Kennel. Jamesport, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies.
  16. Crystal Kirby. Bloomfield, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  17. Janet Lovland and Dale Lovland, Loveland Kennel. Macon, Missouri- 14 adult breeding dogs and 24 puppies. 
  18. David Troyer and Dale Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  19. Daniel D Yoder. Bloomfield, Iowa- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  20. Daniel Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Princeton, Missouri- 152 adult breeding dogs and 130 puppies.
  21. David W Bontrager and Jacob W Bontrager. Bloomfield, Iowa- 7 adult breeding dogs. 
  22. David D Kauffman, Country Lane Kennels. Moulton, Iowa- 6 adult breeding dogs. 
  23. David and Anna Nisley, Cedar Grove Kennels. Drakesville, Iowa- 51 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies.
  24. David D Yoder Jr. Utica, Minnesota- 32 adult breeding dogs and 71 puppies. 
  25. David E Lee. Cincinnati, Iowa- 76 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies. 
  26. David Packnett. Afton, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  27. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs and 24 puppies. 
  28. Devon Schlabach, Honey Locust Kennel. Mercer, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 
  29. Duane Schlabach and Diane Schlabach, Cedar View Kennel AKA Sunset Ridge. Princeton, Missouri- 31 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies.
  30. Eddie Gingerich and Rosemary Gingerich, E and R bulldogs. Bloomfield, Iowa- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  31. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennel. Corydon, Iowa- 73 adult breeding dogs and 28 puppies.
  32. Eldon Mast, Hickory Bark Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 6 adult breeding dogs. 
  33. Eli Gingerich, Trail End Acres AKA Midwest Newfoundland LLC. Winterset, Iowa- 44 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 
  34. Eli D Schrock and Laura Schrock, Hillview Kennels. Drakesville, Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs and 24 puppies. 
  35. Edna Gingerich and Eli W Gingerich. Drakesville, Iowa- 11 adult breeding dogs.
  36. Elias H Mast, Shady Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 46 adult breeding dogs. 
  37. Erwin Jay Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 28 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  38. Firman Miller. Seymour, Iowa- is not state or USDA licensed. Illegally sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  39. Fred L Bontrager, Clear View Kennel. Seymour, Iowa- 35 adult breeding dogs and 4 puppies. 
  40. Harley Yoder. Chariton, Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs and 58 puppies. 
  41. Henry Byler and Lisa Byler. Seymour, Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies. 
  42. Ida Kauffman. Hazleton, Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs. 
  43. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs and 49 puppies. 
  44. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc AKA  Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies.
  45. James E Yoder and Sarah Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 66 adult breeding dogs and 46 puppies. 
  46. James Otto. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 52 adult breeding dogs and 28 puppies. 
  47. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge Kennel. 19 adult breeding dogs and 5 puppies.
  48. Jerry Stutzman. Spickard, Missouri- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  49. John Andrew Yoder, Brookside Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 16 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  50. John Bontrager Jr. Dalton, Wisconsin- 72 adult breeding dogs and 31 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country after receiving an official warning from the state of Wisconsin due to matted dogs; unsanitary conditions; dogs needing severe dental work; and feces in part of the kennel that had not been cleaned in a week.
  51. John Troyer, Sunny View Kennels. Bethany, Missouri- 52 adult breeding dogs and 38 puppies. 
  52. John Yutzy and Justin Yutzy. Bloomfield, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  53. Jonathan Detweiler, Shady Oak Frenchies. Princeton, Missouri- 58 adult breeding dogs and 74 puppies.
  54. Karli Provorse and Sandra Provorse , Phantom Hollow Kennel. Trenton, Missouri- 27 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies.
  55. Kathie Detwiler, Detweiler Dogs. Jamesport, Missouri- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  56. Kenneth Schrock. Drakesville, Iowa- not licensed by the state or USDA yet sells to pet stores across the country.
  57. Larry Yoder and Nelson Yoder, Triple Y Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  58. Lavern Stutzman. Chili, Wisconsin- 39 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  59. Leon Troyer and Esther Troyer. Jamesport, Missouri- 69 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies.
  60. Leroy Yoder. Princeton, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies.
  61. Leroy D Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels.  Utica, Minnesota- 73 adult breeding dogs and 116 puppies. 
  62. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennel. Seymour, Iowa- 56 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies. 
  63. Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies.
  64. Loren Reiff, Sunnyview Pets. Flemington, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs and 31 puppies. 
  65. Mark Yoder, Acorn Ridge. Bloomfield, Iowa- 63 adult breeding dogs and 112 puppies.
  66. Marvin E Yoder. Moulton, Iowa- 22 adult breeding dogs and 15 puppies. 
  67. Marvin Nisley. Seymour, Iowa- 64 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies with a history of violations pertaining to the health of the animals in his care.
  68. Marvin and Rosemary Mullet, Clover Ridge Kennel AKA Rosen Mary Kennels. Corydon, Iowa- 75 adult breeding dogs and 51 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.
  69. Melvin Miller, Windy Knoll Kennel. Cincinnati, Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs and 35 puppies. 
  70. Melvin Nisley. Seymour, Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies.
  71. Melvin Yoder and Mary Yoder. Seymour, Iowa- 41 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  72. Mervin E Yoder. Bloomfield, Iowa- is an unlicensed breeder that  sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  73. Melvin Yoder, Pondview Kennel. Greentop, Missouri- 23 adult breeding dogs and 5 puppies.
  74. Mark Steffensmeier and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy broker in Iowa with 20 puppies on site at last inspection. 
  75. Raymond Hoover and Miriam Hoover, Farm House Kennel. Stanley, Wisconsin- 52 adult breeding dogs and 38 puppies. 
  76. Monroe Herschberger. Bloomfield, Iowa- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  77. Monroe Schrock, Mystic Sunset Kennel. Bethany, Missouri- 114 adult breeding dogs and 71 puppies. 
  78. Mose Slabaugh. Spickard, Missouri- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  79. Nelson Yoder. Bloomfield, Iowa- is an unlicensed breeder that sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  80. Norman Nisley. Bloomfield, Iowa- is an unlicensed breeder that sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  81. Patty and Marty Brown. Moravia, Iowa-  is an unlicensed breeder that sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  82. Paul Troyer. Redding, Iowa-  is an unlicensed breeder.
  83.  Robert Schrock. Bloomfield, Iowa- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  84. Everett Miller and Ryan Miller. Kalona, Iowa-  is an unlicensed breeder.
  85. Sam Schwartz and Jacob Schwartz, Autumn View Farm. La Plata, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies. 
  86. Samuel Beiler. Platteville, Wisconsin- 36 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  87. Samuel Miller, Echo Ridge Kennel. Bethany, Missouri- 51 adult breeding dogs and 75 puppies.
  88. Stephen Detweiler and Rhoda Detweiler, Timberline Kennel. Princeton, Missouri- 47 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies.
  89. Stephen Schrock, Shady Lawn Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 47 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies.
  90. Tom Steffensmeier and Carla Steffensmeier, T & C Steffensmeier Kennels. West Point, Iowa- 176 adult breeding dogs and 143 puppies. 
  91. Levi Schlabach and Esther D Schlabach, That’ll Do Kennel. Seymour, Iowa- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  92. Theckla Triplett and Bil Triplett, Triplett Farms. Livonia, Missouri- 102 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  93. Timothy Gingerich. Drakesville, Iowa- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  94. Timothy Mast, TC Kennels. Cambria, Wisconsin- 41 adult breeding dogs and 16 puppies. 
  95. Toby Detweiler., Hidden Hollow Kennels. Saint Charles, Minnesota- 72 adult breeding dogs and 98 puppies
  96. Ura Troyer, Countryside Kennel. Bethany, Missouri- 106 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies.
  97. Velma Kurtz and Steven Kurtz. Jamesport, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies.
  98. Vernon Bontrager, Grand Valley Kennels. Markesan, Wisconsin- 62 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies. Bontrager had a direct USDA violation in 2021 for failure to provide veterinary care after a dog was attacked by another dog and had open wounds on its leg. 
  99. Vernon Kauffman. Drakesville, Iowa- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  100. Vernon Troyer and Joseph Troyer, Shadow Valley Kennels AKA Echo Valley Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa-85 adult breeding dogs and 39 puppies.
  101. Wayne Bontrager. Markesan, Wisconsin- 27 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  102. Wayne Brubacker. Owen, Wisconsin- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  103. Wayne Gingerich and Lucy Gingerich. Seymour, Iowa- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  104. Wayne Troyer. Moulton, Iowa-  is an unlicensed breeder that  sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  105. Wilbur and Regina Nisley, Majestic View Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 

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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. Barb Zbleski. Davenport, Iowa- is an unlicensed breeder. 
  2. Jerry Anderson. Queen City, MIssouri- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  3. John Monroe. Glenwood, Missouri- appears to be an unlicensed breeder. 
  4. Theckla Triplett and Bil Triplett, Triplett Farms. Livonia, Missouri- 102 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  5. Zach Bobb. Fort Madison, Iowa- 14 adult breeding dogs and 8 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-  160 adult breeding dogs and 65  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-  160 adult breeding dogs and 65  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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©Bailing Out Benji 2021

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