Missouri Pet Store/ Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2020
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.

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 2020, 2019 and 2018. 

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the Missouri breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. If you bought a puppy from a Missouri pet store and want to know more about its origins, please fill out the form below. 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

To make a donation or learn about other ways to support our efforts, click the image above

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Petland Blue Springs- 1803 South, MO-7, Blue Springs, MO 64014

  1. Mike and Sharon West, Hillside Kennels, Unionville, Iowa- 61 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: filthy kennels and excessive feces buildup in and around the kennels. 
  2. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 233 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.  JAKS was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from, click here. JAKS was investigated and sued by the Iowa Attorney General for charity fraud and was ordered to stop their sham rescue in 2020. 
  3. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies
  4. David Packnett. Afton, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  5. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs, 49 puppies. 
  6. Eli Gingerich, Trail End Acres FKA Midwest Newfoundland LLC. Winterset, Iowa- 35 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Susie and Max Haidsiak, Precious Pups Kennels. Red Oak, Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs, 23 puppies. 
  8. Edna and Eli W Gingerich. Drakesville, Iowa- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Harley Yoder,. Chariton, Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs, 40 puppies. 
  10. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 65 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Eddie and Rosemary Gingerich. Bloomfield, Iowa- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Orlie Yoder.  Bloomfield, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  13. James E and Sarah Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 63 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: using expired medications and having a severe fly problem in their kennels. They operate under two separate licenses. 
  14. Dale Troyer. Moulton, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  15. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  16. Leroy D Yoder, Pleasant View LLC. Utica, Minnesota- 64 adult breeding dogs, 42 puppies. 
  17. John Henry Miller. Utica, Minnesota- 45 adult breeding dogs, 17 puppies. 
  18. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana– 308 puppies. This puppy mill was also named one of the worst in the nation due to a huge campylobacter outbreak in Petland stores. Campylobacter is a zoonotic diseases that passes from puppies to humans. 
  19. 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.
  20. Mary and Tim Feldmann, Raspberry Creek Kennel. Sheldon, Missouri-  39 adult breeding dogs with recent violations including: dogs with severe dental disease that was untreated by a veterinarian; using expired mediations on dogs; and excessively rusted metal in at least 15 of their kennels. 
  21. Torine Miller. Laclede, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  22. Ken, Abby, Ty and Sydney Anderson. Arrow Valley LLC FKA Sugar Fork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 174 adult breeding dogs, 126 puppies. Under their old license number and previous name, Arrow Valley/ Sugar Fork had a direct violation due to an inspector finding an extremely thin adult breeding dog with very prominent hips and spine, as well as white gums. The dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. In order to hide this violation, they changed license numbers and names. 
  23. Lacey Kauffman and Cindy Clausen, Lindley Creek Kennel. Portis, Kansas- 118 adult breeding dogs, 51 puppies. 

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Petland Independence- 1022 Independence Center Dr, Independence, MO 64057

  1. Lewis Bloom, Blooms Kennels.  Clay Center, Kansas- 55 adult breeding dogs, 41 puppies. 
  2. Lacey Kauffman and Cindy Clausen, Lindley Creek Kennel. Portis, Kansas- 118 adult breeding dogs, 51 puppies. 
  3. Don Schofield, Golden Sunset Hills LLC. Neosho, Missouri- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Sandy and Ron Simons. Lamar, Missouri- 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Fannie and Mahlon Schrock, Schrock Family Kennel. Harwood, Missouri- 43 adult breeding dogs. 

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Petland Joplin- 3102 E 7th St, Joplin, MO 64801

  1. Obtained dogs from Petland Rogers, Arkansas. 

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Petland Lake St Louis- 6131 Ronald Reagan Dr, Lake St Louis, MO 63367

  1. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of 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.
  2. Matt Ory. Cantril, Iowa- 119 adult breeding dogs, 42 puppies
  3. Conner Kloewer. Irwin, IA- unlicensed breeder. 
  4. Delmar Ray Yoder, DRY Kennels. Welda, Kansas- 105 adult breeding dogs, 62 puppies. 
  5. Sid Reed. Dennis, Kansas- is not USDA licensed. 
  6. Dennis W. Ory. Rocky Comfort, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs, 24 puppies. 
  7. 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.
  8. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker,  126 puppies .
  9. John Garber. Bradford, Ohio- 84 adult breeding dogs, 29 puppies
  10. Raymond and Kathy Miller. Kokomo, Indiana- 32 adult breeding dogs, 23 puppies with recent violations including; excessively thin boxer with backbones, ribs and hips prominently visible and is currently weaning puppies. Dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. 
  11. Aaron Schmucker. South Whitley, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  12. Gary Wagler. Odon, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  13. Freeman and Marlin Yoder, Dogwood Hills Kennel. Middlebury, Indiana-35 adult breeding dogs, 25 puppies with recent violations including: dogs with severe dental disease, including missing teeth and significant build-up of brown and yellow tarter. Dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. 
  14. Arlyn Yoder. Middlebury, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  15. Kevin and Ernest Bontrager. Nappanee, Indiana- 22 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. 
  16. Ernest and Lovina Christner. Bennington Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  17. Lavon Lehman. Goshen, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  18. Daniel Wingard, Valleyhill Pups. Bristol, Indiana- 51 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. 
  19. Jessie Kauffman. Middlebury, Indiana-  is not USDA licensed. 
  20. Vernon and Kathryn Lambright, Peaceful Hollow pets AKA Clearspring Kennels. Wolcottville, Indiana- 81 adult breeding dogs, 78 puppies with a history of violations that resulted in them being named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  21. Anthony Miller. Lagrange, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  22. Verlin Miller. Goshen, Indiana- 48 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. 
  23. Joe Miller. Goshen, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  24. Leon Lambright. Topeka, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  25. Markus Bontrager. Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  26. Sarah Miller. Greentown, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  27. Steven Yoder. Lagrange, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs. 
  28. Amos Otto. Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  29. Joseph Eicher. Grabill, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  30. Christie Lambright. Shipshewana, Indiana- 11 adult breeding dogs. 
  31. Edwin Yoder. Bennington, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  32. Jonas Eicher. Spencerville, Indiana- is not USDA licensed. 
  33. Donna Gunn, Whispering Pines Kennel. Cove, Arkansas-87 adult breeding dogs, 34 puppies.
  34. Mort and Kim Marshall, Heart Chasers K-9’s. Farmington, Arkansas- 30 adult breeding dogs and were named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  35. Lee and Desiree Bogan, Golden Meadows Farm FKA Bogan Ranch & Kennels. New Hope, Arkansas- 128 adult breeding dogs, 46 puppies and were named one of the worst puppy mills in the country, twice
  36. Philip Chupp, Oak Valley Kennel.  Mcleansboro Illinois- 46 adult breeding dogs, 33 with a history of violations including: rusty enclosures, dirty whelping areas, dogs that are matted, ingrown dog nails, and gaps in the roof which allows rain to get in. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation
  37. Mattie O and Perry J Bontrager, Cedar Hill Kennel. Dalton, Wisconsin- 77 adult breeding dogs, 21 puppies
  38. David Brown and Kim Parsons, First Class Puppies.  Formerly owned by Becky and Guy Franks. Bluejacket, Oklahoma- 33 puppies and was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  39. Cassie Jones. Miami, Oklahoma- formerly USDA licensed. Cannot confirm they are state licensed at this time. 
  40. Bill Lackey. Elk City, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed. 
  41. Danny and Kristine Schrock . Coalgate, Oklahoma- 47 adult breeding dogs, 14 puppies. 
  42. Devyn Ferrari.  Burns Flat, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed. 
  43. Ashley Newcomb. Elk City, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed. 
  44. Karen Caudill. Foss, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed. 
  45. Don Wengerd. Hershey, Michigan- is not USDA licensed. 

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Petland North Kansas City- 8618 N Boardwalk Ave, Kansas City, MO 64154

  1. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana– 308 puppies. This puppy mill was also named one of the worst in the nation due to a huge campylobacter outbreak in Petland stores. Campylobacter is a zoonotic diseases that passes from puppies to humans. 
  2. Susie and Max Haidsiak, Precious Pups Kennels. Red Oak, Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs, 23 puppies. 
  3. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs, 49 puppies. 
  4. Elias H Mast, Shady Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa-48 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  5. Marvin Mast. Bloomfield, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  6. Mark Yoder, Acorn Ridge. Bloomfield, Iowa- 53 adult breeding dogs, 32 puppies. 
  7. Harley Yoder,. Chariton, Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs, 40 puppies. 
  8. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs, 34 puppies. 
  9. Leroy D Yoder, Pleasant View LLC. Utica, Minnesota- 64 adult breeding dogs, 42 puppies. 
  10. John Henry Miller. Utica, Minnesota- 45 adult breeding dogs, 17 puppies. 
  11. Amos Yoder, Skyline View LLC. Saint Charles, Minnesota-91 adult breeding dogs, 72 puppies. 
  12. Ken, Abby, Ty and Sydney Anderson. Arrow Valley LLC FKA Sugar Fork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- 174 adult breeding dogs, 126 puppies. Under their old license number and previous name, Arrow Valley/ Sugar Fork had a direct violation due to an inspector finding an extremely thin adult breeding dog with very prominent hips and spine, as well as white gums. The dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. In order to hide this violation, they changed license numbers and names. 
  13. Gaynetta Snyder and Scott Wheatcraft, Precious Paws. Browning, Missouri- 123 adult breeding dogs and 82 puppies. 
  14. Torine Miller. Laclede, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the Missouri breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. If you bought a puppy from a Missouri pet store and want to know more about its origins, please fill out the form below.  

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©Bailing Out Benji 2020

All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and must be cited as such when shared or quoted.

 

Have you purchased a puppy from a Missouri Pet Store? From any pet store? Fill out the form below and we will help you track down where your puppy was born! 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

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