Minnesota 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 CVI data, 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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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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A Maze’N Farmyard- 57645 Hwy 55, Eden Valley, MN

  1. Bob Hughes, Southwest Auction. Wheaton, Missouri- in 2019 this store bought puppies from a puppy mill auction company in Missouri. 
  2. Ellen Roberts, Rocky Top K9’s. West Plains, Missouri- 101 adult breeding dogs and 68 puppies. This breeder has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country during the years 2020201920172016 and 2015.
  3. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel AKA A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley, Minnesota- at their last USDA inspection for their breeding license, the Haag family had 528 adult breeding dogs and 510 puppies. This facility was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation in 2014. 

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Four Paws and a Tail – 120 Northtown Dr, Blaine

  1. David E Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 30 adult breeding dogs and 4 puppies. 
    James Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 48 adult breeding dogs and 9 puppies. 
  2. Nathan Otto. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 18 adult breeding dogs and 12 puppies.

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Pet stores below this line are closed

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Har Mar Pet Shop – 2100 Snelling Ave North, Roseville, MN

 

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

 

Faribault Animal Center –  1818 Grant St, Faribault, MN

 

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

 

 

For more ways you can help the dogs trapped in puppy mills, click here.

We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

©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 CVI data, click here. 

 

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 fill out the form below with any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from.