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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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.
  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.
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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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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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