Minnesota Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2017

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- including Minnesota. 

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. We will attach the CVI data as we have obtained it from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and we will make note of dog counts and any known violations from the breeders themselves. Sadly, since the USDA took down their public inspection reports, we are unable to attach screenshots of those as well. ALL OF THESE CVI REPORTS ARE FROM @015, 2016 and 2017 and we have copies of them on hand.  For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook.

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A Maze N Farmyard- 57645 Hwy 55, Eden Valley, MN

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, A Maze N Farmyard is a breeder, broker, pet store AND amusement park. 

  1. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley- 489 adult breeding dogs, 396 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp. To view USDA inspection photos, click here

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Four Paws and a Tail – 120 Northtown Dr, Blaine

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Four Paws has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  1. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley- 489 adult breeding dogs, 396 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  2. Menning Enterprises, Edgerton, Minnesota- 543 adult breeding dogsSells to pet stores and brokers from all over the country.
  3. Leonard Stover, Northwest Kennel. Shedon, Iowa- 114 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: excessively matted dogs, broken and rusted kennels, and cobwebs on kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  4. John and Lyle Renner,  Renner’s Kennel. Detroit Lakes, MN  134 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Excessive fecal matter, puppies too crowded in small pens, dogs with excessive hairloss, dogs with swollen paws, and many more. To view USDA inspection photos, click here

This came from the Four Paws and a Tail website. Not only do they claim that puppy mills don’t exist, but they also claim to sell professionally-bred puppies… What do you think about that? Do the breeders above seem professional? 

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Har Mar Pet Shop – 2100 Snelling Ave North, Roseville

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Har Mar has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  1. Marvin and Joanna Newswanger, Maple Tree Kennels. 331 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: cages with holes in wire flooring that are too wide and paws/bodies fall through, top of enclosures covered in hair and wood shaving dust (breeder reported that area is cleaned twice a year), and an ‘abundance of litters’ caused puppies to be housed in feed/bedding storage areas. The Newswangers also sell to other pet stores. To learn more about this breeder, click here:
  2. Eugene Martin, Charles City, Iowa- 144 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with injuries on pawsl medical violations, such as, dogs with eyes matted shut with discharge, dogs with a mass between toes. dogs with brown build up on teeth and  bloody sores between toes, dogs with dry discolored eye, and dogs with excessively long toe nails. Eugene also h enclosure violations including: dogs feet falling through wire flooring, including the area for weaned puppies.
  3. David Horning, Ionia, Iowa- 190 adult breeding dogs with several violations because the owner would skip inspections. 
  4. Menning Enterprises, Edgerton, Minnesota- 543 adult breeding dogsSells to pet stores and brokers from all over the country.

By their own statement, HarMar Pet Shop claims to have inspected and approved each breeder their puppies come from. What do you think? Are they lying? Or do they truly approve of what they saw at the above breeding facilities?

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Blue Bird Pet Shop –  1305 1st St S, Willmar

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Blue Bird has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  1. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley- 489 adult breeding dogs, 396 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp. To view USDA inspection photos, click here

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Faribault Animal Center –  1818 Grant St, Faribault

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Faribault AC has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  1. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley- 489 adult breeding dogs, 396 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp. To view USDA inspection photos, click here

Petland St Paul –  2123 Old Hudson Rd, St Paul, 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Petland has purchased from in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Clearwater Kennel, AJ’s Angels, Cushing Minnesota648 adult breeding dogs.  On March 2, 2015, the USDA filed a complaint against Clearwater Kennels for violation of the Animal Welfare Act. A settlement agreement was reached and this agreement was signed by the judge on March 11, 2016. Prior, on March 9, 2016, Clearwater Kennels (owner Wanda Kretzman) cancelled its USDA license. Also on March 9, 2016, a USDA license was granted to AJ’s Angels to operate the kennel on the same property. The owner of AJ’s Angels is the daughter-in-law of Wanda Kretzman. They have a history of violations including: buying from non-USDA breeders with no paperwork. 

Menning Enterprises, Edgerton Minnesota-  Edgerton, Minnesota- 543 adult breeding dogsSells to pet stores and brokers from all over the country.

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.

Brad Grotewold, Lake Mills, Iowa- 181 adult breeding dogs, down from 369, Grotewold has had a history of violations including: excessive accumulation of feces, severely rusted cages and floors, and chewed up kennels. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here.

Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs with sick visibly sick eyes that haven’t been treated or seen by a veterinarian. 

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Minnesota and proof from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture connecting them to some of the most notorious puppy mills in the United States. 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 You can also send an email to bailingoutbenji@gmail.com

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2017

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 those consumers that have bought a family member from any of the area puppy stores, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to PM any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from. And give them an extra treat tonight! Contact us at :  bailingoutbenji@gmail.com