Kansas Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

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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.

So what is the truth? With the pet stores claiming they don’t buy from breeders with any violations and posting clean inspections and photos on their websites, it looks like they are being very open. 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. Kansas is repeatedly one of the worst puppy mill states in the nation and the mills are supplying pet stores across the country; so it comes as no surprise that the pet stores within Kansas are also sourcing their puppies from puppy mills. 

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. 

This research can be  extremely costly, please consider making a donation to help us continue exposing the puppy mill industry. Every dollar helps us!

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Land of Paws- 4021 Somerset Dr, Prairie Village, KS 66208 and 6772 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223

  1. Kendall Wright, Wrights Kennel. Marceline, Missouri- 135 adult breeding dogs. 
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Petland Overland Park- 7911 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223 

It is clear that Petland OP is buying from many Amish puppy mills. To learn more about Amish puppy mills, click here

  1. Kenneth E Wagler, K&M Pets LLC. Odon, Indiana- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Kallie and Josh Bateman, “Bateman Diversified”, Puppy Travelers 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.
  3. Ben S and Shirley Graber, Loogootee Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs 
  4. Leslie K Graber, Nathan Stoll and  Amos Wagler, Flat Creek Farm. Loogootee, Indiana- 69 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Kenny Joe Knepp, Loogootee Indiana- 59 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with chewed up ear tips, dogs with excessive tartar build up and sunken eyes. 
  6. Regina Yoder, Loogootee Indiana- unable to access records. 
  7. Martin Wagler,  Loogootee Indiana- unable to access records. 
  8. Teresa Lengacher, Montgomery Indiana- unable to access records. 
  9. Phil Hoover, Memphis Missouri- 364 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Samuel Beiler and Amos Allgyer. Platteville, Wisconsin- unable to access records 
  11. John Bontrager Jr, Dalton Wisconsin- 60 dogs with a history of violations including: dogs in need of veterinary care, dogs who are severely matted, and excessive feces in the kennels. Not only did this breeder receive a warning from the Wisconsin Department of Ag, but they were named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  12. John Henry Miller, Utica Minnesota- unable to access records 
  13. Henry Yoder, Utica, Minnesota- 47 adult breeding dogs 
  14. Leroy Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels. Saint Charles, Minnesota- 94 adult breeding dogs, 104 puppies. 
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Petland Topeka- West Ridge Mall, 1801 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66614

  1. Jesus Morfin, Berryville Arkansas- over 285 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with dental disease, dogs not examined by vet.
  2. Robert and Esther Pointer, Shoal Creek Kennels DBA Shoal Creek Puppies. Exeter, Missouri- 96 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Flies all over the nursing mother dogs and puppies, excessive feces in the kennels.
  3. Kallie and Josh Bateman, “Bateman Diversified”, Puppy Travelers 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.
  4. David and Becky Flanders, Coffeyville, Oklahoma- 67 adult breeding dogs 
  5. 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.
  6. Gary and Sharon Willis, Sharon’s Kennels. Mansfield Arkansas- 43 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. James Blaylock, Fort Smith Kansas- unable to access records 
  11. JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 97 puppies .  JAKS has also started their own “rescue” in order to lie to the public about not being a puppy mill. You can read that information here. 
  12. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana– 70 puppies. This puppy mill was also named one of the worst in the nation. 
  13. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies. 
  14. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 Puppies. 
  15. Sonja Daley, Chillicothe Missouri- unable to access records
  16. Angela Kochs, Rocky Creek Inc. Niangua, Missouri- 210 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Injured dogs on property without being seen by vet or having plans to. This breeder was also listed as one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  17. William and Sylvia 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.
  18. Tyler Endicott, Granby Missouri- unable to access records.
  19. Tammi McCutchen, Harrison Arkansas-unable to access records.
  20. Cheryl Gray, Cedar Creek Yorkies. Havana, Arkansas137 adult breeding dogs and 18 breeding cats. 
  21. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley-528 adult breeding dogs, 510 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp without being seen by a vet. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  22. Karen Buffalohead, KCZ Amazing Pets, Langley Oklahoma-  19 adult breeding dogs 
  23. Brad and Jackie Nash, Gans Oklahoma- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Becky and Guy Franks, First Class Puppies, Antlers Oklahoma- No Longer USDA licensed (as far as we can tell!) This breeder has a long list of violations including: dogs without identification, dogs with eye injuries/illnesses. The conditions were so bad the licensee stopped the inspection and wanted to cancel the license right there. To view USDA photos, click here. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  25. Brett Bonham, Calvary Creek Kennels. Cordell, Oklahoma – 216 adult breeding dogs and 83 puppies with a history of violations including: pug with eye that is cloudy and blue in appearance; No program of vet care; Open wounds with flies on them; Inaccurate records; Cysts between toes; Swollen feet; Dogs heavily infested with ticks; Cloudy eyes and pupil barely visible. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country… Twice. 
  26. Holly Burch, Cordell Oklahoma- 28 adult breeding dogs.
  27. Teresa Follin. Sallisaw, Oklahoma- 62 adult breeding dogs. 
  28. Shawnie Evans, Keota, Oklahoma- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  29. Janet Donnelly; Inola, Oklahoma- 31 adult breeding dogs
  30. Jose Vadina, Burns Flat Oklahoma- unable to access records
  31. Cathy Sanders, War Pony Ranch English Bulldogs. Carney, Oklahoma- 27 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: dogs with severe skin issues, unseen by vet being treated by expired medications
  32. Jeremy Kauffman, Bloomfield Iowa- unable to access records. 
  33. Harley Yoder, Chariton Iowa- unable to access records. 
  34. Sherri Gillum, Lakeview Kennels. Unionville, Missouri- 54 adult breeding dogs. 
  35. Jaclyn Schelling, Rolling S Puppies. Alton, Iowa- 13 adult dogs 
  36. Danny and Kristine Schrock, Coalgate Oklahoma- unable to access records 
  37. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – 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. 
  38. 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.
  39. Pamela Monnahan, PJ’s Puppies, Lebanon, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  40. Raymond Lawson, Clifton Hill, Missouri- 52 adult breeding dogs. 
  41. Josh Teague, Anderson Missouri- unable to access records. 
  42. Allison Hegdpeth, Lonewolf Kennels and  Dog Mother Rescue Society. Iberia, Missouri- 37 adult breeding dogs. Hedgpeth was also outed as running a sham rescue organization to sell puppies in pet stores that legally cannot buy from commercial breeders. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  43. Tina and Brandon Hough, Osceola Missouri- 63 adult breeding dogs (also breeds a lot of other species of animals)
  44. Phil Hoover, Memphis Missouri- 364 adult breeding dogs.
  45. James and Marilyn Bixenman, Circle B Farms. New Cambria, Missouri- 108 adult breeding dogs.   
  46. Darlene Whitman,O My Heart Kennel. Mountain Grove Missouri- 112 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: evidence of dogs getting powerwashed, use of expired medications, cold kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
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This research is ongoing and we will add information as we obtain it!

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This research can be  extremely costly, please consider making a donation to help us continue exposing the puppy mill industry. Every dollar helps us!

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