Michigan Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2018
All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and therefore 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. We are all 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. To follow our efforts, please visit us on facebook.

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House of Pets- 29500 Ford Rd, Garden City, MI 48135

  1. Sharon Monk, BJ’s & Guys. Menlo, Kansas- 755 adult breeding dogs, 425 PUPPIES!! Not only are they a very large scale puppy mill, but they have a history of violations including too many dogs in cages, and structurally unsound cages. They were also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country .

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Westland Dog Food Company- 7672, 37687 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185

  1. Debra Pratt Hakuna Matata Transport, New Sharon Iowa- Where to even begin with this transport company. In 2013, Pratt received so many violations from the USDA because the animals in her care were suffering and were in need of urgent veterinary care, including several dogs with red, swollen and bulging eyes, an untreated mass, indications of severe dental disease, and an English Bulldog with missing fur, red skin, and “scabs covering the majority of the ears and the top of the head.” Pratt also refused to allow USDA inspectors on her property five different times in 2013. This left inspectors unable to check on the safety and welfare of approximately 185 dogs and puppies held in the kennel Pratt lost her Iowa state license to breed, and chose to auction off all of her sick dogs to other puppy mills. She currently holds a USDA license for transporting. Pratt was also cited as a transporter for not having the proper paperwork for puppies she was transporting. At that time, she had 122 puppies in her care
  2. Patrick Fulton- Alden Minnesota, dog broker. Changed names and USDA licensee count in 2010. Ships puppies to pet stores all over the country. For more information on Fulton Enterprises, click here.
  3. Charles Feldmann. Sheldon, Missouri- 92 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with lesions on head/ears, extremely matted fur, dogs inexplicably limping, kennels with rat feces/bird droppings, dogs with dried feces stuck in fur, filthy kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  4. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 Puppies. 
  5. Deborah Warren, Misty Dew Kennels. Pierce City, Missouri- 144 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with severe accumulation of dental disease and excessively long toenails. To view USDA inspection photos click hereThis breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. 
  6. Alejandro Perdomo and Daniel Sumner, Sheldon, Missouri- unable to access records 
  7. Ann Miller, Miller’s Kennel. Milan Missouri- 156 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Bryan Wilson and Kara Crass, K-Jacs Kennel.  Jenkins Missouri- 87 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Melanie and Mike Moore, M.A.M. Kennel. Lamar, Missouri- 174 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Christina and Brandon Hillyard, Gale Whitaker; Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 113 adults, 53 puppies with a history of violations including sharp tin poking into dog kennels, dogs with crusty eyes (untreated by vet), worn and chewed doors and walls, water and water bowls are covered in green algae with green water, and outdoor kennels are overgrown with weeds. To view undercover footage, click here. 
  11. Terry Cozart,  Neelyville Missouri- 8 adult breeding dogs
  12. Tim Pratt, Newton Iowa- Unlicensed  Tim Pratt is believed to be the son of Debra Pratt, notorious Iowa puppy mill who was shut down after years of bad violations and an appearance on the horrible hundred list. Debra Pratt is still USDA licensed as a transporter and routinely transports puppies from mills to pet stores. 
  13. Daaley Kennels, Sheldon Missouri- Not USDA licensed. 
  14. Tesia White, Ozark Missouri- unable to access records 
  15. Choice Puppies, formerly known as 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.
  16. Teresa and Tim Cassinger, Neelyville Missouri- 33 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. Cristal Mitchell, Precious Paws.  Lebanon, Missouri- 69 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Michael White, Doniphan Missouri- Unable to access records. 

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The Family Puppy of Fountain Walk- 44125 West 12 Mile Road E-121, Novi, MI 48377

It has come to our attention that The Family Puppy is buying from a well-known, Amish puppy mill county/community. If you would like to know more about Amish puppy mills, click here

  1. Myron J Hochstetler. Shipshewana, Indiana- 74 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. David M Miller, Cable Line Kennel. Topeka, Indiana- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Enos Mullett Jr,  J&W Kennels AKA Clinton Kennels . Goshen (Wolcottville) , Indiana- 37 adult breeding dogs, 64 puppies. 
  4. Nelson Miller, Shipshewana, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  5. Verlyn Weaver Morning Star Kennel. Topeka, Indiana- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Ernest Yoder, Misty Meadows Kennel. Topeka, Indiana-  41 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Steven Ray Lehman Railroad Kennel. Middlebury, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including:  expired vaccines, poodle with abnormally lumpy and discolored nipples, many dogs with very long nails, feeders held to enclosures with very dirty bungee cords, outside enclosures missing coating on wires green. 
  8. Roy Schlabach. Shipshewana, Indiana- 29 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Vernon Miller, Lagrange, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  10. Carl Schwartz, Heartstring Kennels. Millersburg Elkhart- unable to access records. 
  11. Devon Schrock. Middlebury, Indiana- 63 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. James and Kari Yoder, Pigeon River Huskies. Shipshewana, Indiana- 7 adult breeding dogs (at time of prelicense inspection) 
  13. Richard Frey Lone Oak Pets. Topeka Indiana-  60 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Gerald Miller.  Lagrange, Indiana- unable to access records. 

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The Barking Boutique- 2939 Wilson Ave SW Suite 104, Grandville, MI 49418

The Barking Boutique buys from a lot of Amish puppy mills. To learn more about Amish puppy mills, click here.

  1. Kallie and Josh Bateman, “Bateman Diversified”, Puppy Travelers Transport. Neosho, Missouri- This company transports puppies to Barking Boutique, 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. To view the entire report, click here
  2. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. David and Anna Nisley, Cedar Grove Kennels. Drakesville, Iowa- 12 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: emaciated dogs who are nursing litters without medical attention, use of expired medications. 
  4. Larry Yoder, Triple Y Kennel.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 14 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 47 adult breeding dogs 
  6. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge Kennel, Moravia Iowa – 21 adult breeding dogs, new license. 
  7. Melvin Miller, Windy Knoll Kennel. Cincinnati, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  8. Melvin Nisley, Seymour Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  9. Harley Yoder, Chariton Iowa- unable to access records. 
  10. James E and Sarah Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: using expired medications and having a severe fly problem in their kennels.
  11. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe accumulation of feces frozen to cement.
  12. Vernon and Joseph Troyer, Shadow Valley Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa – Was previously “Echo Valley Kennels” but has cancelled license and changed name several times. 114 adult breeding dogs.  To view USDA inspection photos and a list of violations, click here. 
  13. Eli and Laura Schrock, Drakesvile Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs. New licensee
  14. Midwest Newfoundland Kennel, Cincinnati Iowa – 28 adults, but violations with filthy kennels including rat feces in the kennels. “Newer” USDA breeder.
  15. Samuel R Mast, Howling Hill Kennels.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 26 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe feces, oil and dirt build up under elevated dog cages.
  16. Marvin and Rosemary Mullet, Clover Ridge Kennel LLC, 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
  17. Levi and Esther D Schlabach, That’ll Do Kennel- Seymour, IA – 16 adult breeding dogs
  18. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs
  19. Erwin Yoder, Yoders Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  20. Stephen Schrock, Shady Lawn Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 25 adult breeding dogs. Has cancelled license in the past to escape violations.  Previous violations (that we can see) include having spilled dog food all over the floor with rat feces mixed in.
  21. Erwin and Ervin Lee Mast, Bloomfield, Iowa – unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed 
  22. Daniel Kauffman, Bloomfield, Iowa – unable to access records. 
  23. Mark Yoder, Acorn Ridge. Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records.  
  24. Mary Borntrager, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed.
  25. Dale Troyer, Moulton, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  26. Elias H Mast, Shady Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  27. Timothy Gingerich, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  28. Ron and Patty Self, Unionville, Iowa-unable to access records. Does not appear to be state or USDA licensed. 
  29. Howard Yoder, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be state or USDA licensed. 
  30. Joel Swartzentruber , Afton, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be state or USDA licensed. 
  31. Patty and Marty Brown, Moravia, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  32. Raymond Yoder, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  33. Atta Daniels, Centerville, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed.
  34. Marvin Yoder, Moulton, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  35. David F Lee, Cincinnati, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  36. Wayne Troyer, Moulton, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  37. Andrew Yutzy, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  38. Emily DeJong, Moravia, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  39. Orlie Yoder, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA or state licensed. 
  40. Melvin Yoder, Pondview Kennels. Greentop, Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs but each of them, including the puppies, have been covered in fleas at several inspections without the licensee doing anything about it. To view USDA photos, click here.
  41. Stephen and Rhoda Detweiler , Timberline Kennels. Princeton Missouri- 36 adults 
  42. Daniel Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Princeton Missouri- 65 adult breeding dogs 
  43. Jonathan Detweiler, Shady Oak Frenchies. Princeton, Missouri- 27 adult breeding dogs. Under previous USDA number, Detweiler had hundreds of breeding dogs and numerous violations regarding the health of his dogs and issues with kennels. 
  44. Randall and Sheree Bonnette. Chillicothe, Missouri- 73 adult breeding dogs. 
  45. Dav and Janet Lovland,  Loveland Kennels. Atlanta (Macon), Missouri- unable to access records. 
  46. Samuel and Rachel Mast, Trenton Missouri- unable to access records. 
  47. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 209 adult breeding dogs.  To read more about the Kruse Puppy Mill Legacy in Iowa, click here.
  48. Jonas Lee Yutzy, Jamesport Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed, but there are many “Yutzy” breeders in Jamesport
  49. Chris Gingerich, Jamesport Missouri- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  50. Elmer Bontrager, Mount Vernon Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  51. Andrew Borntrager, Princeton Missouri- unable to access records
  52. Andy Zook, Spickard Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  53. Mose Slabaugh, Spickard Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed.
  54. Karli Provurse , Trenton Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  55. Ura Troyer, Bethany Missouri- unable to access records
  56. Toby Hershberger, Spickard Missouri- unable to access records. 
  57. Sam Schwartz, Autumn View Farm. La Plata, Missouri- 28 adult breeding dogs 
  58. Jerry Stutzman, Spickard Missouri- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  59. Devon Schlabach, Honey Locust Kennel. Princeton Missouri- 52 adult breeding dogs 
  60. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Odon Indiana- 70 puppies 
  61. Gary Gingerich, Middlebury Indiana- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  62. Dan Yoder, Lagrange Indiana- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  63. Nelson Yoder, MIllersburg Indiana- unable to access records. 
  64. Eugene Yoder, Goshen Indiana- unable to access records. 
  65. Rosa Zehr, Grabill Indiana- 9 adult dogs 
  66. Ferlin Kauffman, Middlebury Indiana- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  67. Gary Slabaugh, Goshen Indiana- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  68. Paul Miller, Lagrange Indiana- unable to access records. 
  69. David Miller, Topeka Indiana- unable to access records. 
  70. Jonathan Yoder, Shipshewana, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  71. Amos Yoder, Skyline View LLC, St Charles, Minnesota- 104 adult breeding dogs, skipped inspections
  72. Henry Yoder, Utica, Minnesota- 47 adult breeding dogs 
  73. Menno Yoder, Utica, Minnesota- 40 adult breeding dogs 
  74. Atlee Yoder, Sunset Kennels. Hillpoint, Wisconsin- 34 adult breeding dogs 
  75. John Bontrager. Jr, Dalton, Wisconsin- 60 adult dogs
  76. Amos Allgyer and Samuel Beiler, Platteville, Wisconsin- unable to access records. Both breeders are using the same address on CVIs but appear to hold different USDA licenses. 

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Petland Novi- 27200 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377

  1. Kallie and Josh Bateman, Puppy Travelers Transport. Neosho, Missouri- This company routinely transports puppies to Petland Novi, 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. To view the entire report, click here
  2. Debra Pratt Hakuna Matata Transport, New Sharon Iowa- Where to even begin with this transport company. In 2013, Pratt received so many violations from the USDA because the animals in her care were suffering and were in need of urgent veterinary care, including several dogs with red, swollen and bulging eyes, an untreated mass, indications of severe dental disease, and an English Bulldog with missing fur, red skin, and “scabs covering the majority of the ears and the top of the head.” Pratt also refused to allow USDA inspectors on her property five different times in 2013. This left inspectors unable to check on the safety and welfare of approximately 185 dogs and puppies held in the kennel Pratt lost her Iowa state license to breed, and chose to auction off all of her sick dogs to other puppy mills. She currently holds a USDA license for transporting. Pratt was also cited as a transporter for not having the proper paperwork for puppies she was transporting. At that time, she had 122 puppies in her care
  3. Grace and Ken Schroader and Renee Ray, RDR Transport- Neosho, Missouri 122 puppies  and was name a 2017 Horrible Hundred puppy mill because 53 puppies died after being left on cargo truck with space heater running; veterinarian not contacted until eight hours later.
  4. Pinnacle Pet (Sobrad LLC), Neosho Missouri- 353 puppies. 
  5. Karen Buffalohead, KCZ Amazing Pets, Langley Oklahoma-  9 adult breeding dogs 
  6. David and Becky Flanders, Coffeyville, Oklahoma- 67 adult breeding dogs 
  7. Patrick Fulton, Alden, Minnesota-  Changed names and USDA licensee count in 2010. Ships puppies to pet stores all over the country. For more information on Fulton Enterprisesclick here.
  8. Twin Creek Kennels AKA Holmes for Canines AKA Homes for Canines, Fresno Ohio- no records. Big Amish puppy mill community. Sells a lot of puppies to Petland.
  9. Abe Miller. Lone Oak Kennel LLC AKA Comfort Canines. Fresno, Ohio- 285 adult breeding dogs
  10. Elaine Miller, Bradford, Ohio- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  11. Merle and Lucille Hoover, Owen Wisconsin- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  12. Darrell Knepp, Montgomery Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs with violations including not having proper documentation on dogs or puppies.
  13. Josiah Wagler, Odon Indiana- unable to access records
  14. Jacob Miller Jr, Montgomery Indiana- unable to access records 
  15. Jason D Wagler, Odon Indiana- unable to access records.
  16. Delbert Raber, Montgomery Indiana- unable to access records. 
  17. Larry Raber, Montgomery Indiana- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Darrell R Knepp, Montgomery, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  19. Josh and Taylor Deer, Cherryvale Kansas- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed. 
  20. Nancy Waugh, Waugh Kennel. Coffeyville, Kennel- 34 adult breeding dogs. 
  21. Jolena and Matthew Herschberger, Chetopa Kansas- 25 adult breeding dogs. 
  22. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies.  Memphis, Missouri- 364 adult breeding dogs and over 204 puppies.
  23. Wayne Isom, Neelyville Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Rebecca Downen and Brenda Willis, Backwood Kennel. Tunas, Missouri- 46 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Stacie Stutesman, El Dorado Springs Missouri- 45 adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Ken, Ty,  Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 162 adult breeding dogs
  27. Michael White, Doniphan- unable to access records. Does not appear to be USDA licensed.
  28. Diane Van Twuyver, Doxie World Kennel. Shell Knob, Missouri – 7 adult breeding dogs.
  29. Samuel R Mast, Howling Hill Kennels.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 26 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe feces, oil and dirt build up under elevated dog cages.

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Michigan connecting them to some large scale puppy mills across the Midwest. Many of the puppies are transported in the backs of semis, can you imagine traveling that entire distance?

Please, 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 information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji .

©Bailing Out Benji 2018

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 stores, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to email any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your puppy came from. Contact us through the form below!