Nebraska Pet Store/ Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2019

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 Nebraska. In late April, volunteers from Bailing Out Benji and area rescue groups protested in front of two Omaha pet stores ( Tully’s Kennels and Pets R US ) and reporters from local news stations stopped by to help cover the story and raise awareness. When a Bailing Out Benji volunteer claimed that, ““There are two stores in Omaha that sell puppies from mills” an  employee from Pet’s R Us countered with “Not Me”.

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 Nebraska 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 2016 and 2017 and we have copies of them on hand. Below, you are seeing screenshots of the reports. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook

 

TULLY’S KENNELS- 7777 D Street, Omaha Nebraska

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Tully’s has purchased from in 2016, 2017 and 2018

  1. Kevin and Lindy Aschinger, K&L Kennels- Westside Iowa, 43 breeding adults,  down from over 250. They were listed as a 2016 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill and have a history of violations including: No vet care, rusted cages, build up of feces, hair, dirt. Cat carcass near cages, admitted that fecal matter “had not been removed in four days”, damaged water buckets … Auctioned off all their dogs in 2015, then bought more and STILL has horrid violations. For undercover footage on this puppy mill, click here.
  2. Daniel and Victoria Kuehne, Reading Minnesota– . 320 adult breeding dogs and 230 puppies on their property. They also have a long history of violations including: poor ventilation and strong odor in their facility (the inspector was having a hard time breathing during their inspection); the dogs and some of the puppies were in kennels that were too small for their bodies; there was excessive feces noted, as well as cobwebs and other dirt; a presence of rodents; and the list goes on and on.
  3. Denny Kloewer- Irwin Iowa, unknown number of adults
  4. James Whatley.  Mooresville, Missouri- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Karen Highland, Rocky Ridge Kennels. Milan, Missouri- 71 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Susie Haidsiak – Red Oak, Iowa, 47 adult breeding dogs 
  7. Lizzie and Mervin Miller, Miller Kennel. Gibbs, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: kennels too small, dogs not labeled.
  8. Mike Decker- Cherokee Iowa, 122 adults breeding dogs, 42 puppies 
  9. Misti Fykstra – Boyden Iowa , 78 breeding adults. 
  10. Bill Murphy- Gentry Missouri, 13 breeding adults 
  11. Rebecca Fehring, Gilman City,  Missouri- unable to access records. 
  12. Bonnie Coltarl, Gilman City, Missouri- unable to access records. 
  13. Kenny Hughs, Trenton Missouri- unable to access records. 
  14. Chantel Miller, Purdin Missouri- unable to access records. 
  15. John Myers- Trenton MO, can’t access breeding count
  16. Bethany Cavin, Bedford Iowa- unable to access dog records; possibly unlicensed. 
  17. Scott Wheatcraft- Browning Missouri, 126 breeding adults. Has a history of violations including using expired medications
  18. Scott Gray, Browning Missouri- unable to access records. 
  19. Sherry Banner- Hughesville Missouri, 54 adult breeding dogs.
  20. John & Bonnie Cottrell- Gilman City MO, can’t access breeding count
  21. Sherri Hughes- Trenton MO, can’t access breeding count
  22. Denise Kloewer, Irwin Iowa- unable to access records; appears to be unlicensed. 
  23. 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
  24. Nancy Ogle, Irene South Dakota- 51 adult breeding dogs (down from 85) and close to 100 puppies on site, with a history of violations including: missed inspections,  filthy kennel conditions, dogs in need of veterinary care, dogs with eye issues, dogs with dental disease, and excessive brown grime in kennels. Ogle was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2017. 

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Pets R US- 10913 Elm Street, Omaha Nebraska

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Pets R US has purchased from in 2016, 2017 and 2018

  1. Kevin and Lindy Aschinger, K&L Kennels- Westside Iowa, 43 breeding adults, 2016 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. With a history of violations including: No vet care, rusted cages, build up of feces, hair, dirt. Cat carcass near cages, admitted that fecal matter “had not been removed in four days”, damaged water buckets … Auctioned off all their dogs in 2015, then bought more and STILL has horrid violations. For undercover footage on this puppy mill, click here
  2. Susie Haidsiak – Red Oak, Iowa, 47 adult breeding dogs
  3. 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. 
  4. Doug Jackson, Bedford Iowa- unlicensed dog breeder. 
  5. 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
  6. Philisha Stallbaumer- Centralia, Kansas, 58 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Scott Wheatcraft- Browning Missouri, 126 breeding adults. Has a history of violations including using expired medications
  8. Linda Hager & Ed Ruyle, Crab Orchard, Nebraska- Approximately 60 adults, down from 168 adult breeding dogs. This facility has repeatedly been on the horrible hundred puppy mill list and cancelled their USDA license after many violations and a potential fine of up to $3 million.  They are still illegally selling puppies to Pets R Us and likely a few other pet stores that they have sold to in the past ( Puppies to Guppies, North Carolina and Pik-A-Pup Kennel, Massachusetts. ) To view photos of this kennel, click here

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Charlie’s Angels AKA Puppies on the Go- 2207 Georgia Ave, Bellevue Nebraska

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, these are the breeders that Charlie’s Angels has purchased from in 2016 and 2017. Interestingly enough, Charlie’s Angels is purchasing from a puppy mill that they own in Iowa.

  1. Charles Pluta and Lorraine Rexroat, C Angels Kennel. Woodbine, Iowa- 194 adult breeding dogs with a long history of violations including: keeping dogs in wire kennels in trailers full of brown dirt and grime that cannot be cleaned, not having a written form of veterinary care, wire mesh flooring is broken and poking up at dogs, admitted kennels hadn’t been cleaned in months, outdoor dogs with no wind or rain breaks. They are also the owner of this pet store. 
  2. The store itself has violations for not giving dogs access to water and for having an excessively thin mama dog and her 8 pups without veterinary care. Their kennel was filthy and too small. Other dogs and cats in the store were also sick and lacked vet care. 

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Velvet Poodle-2418 Dakota Ave, Sioux City Nebraska- CLOSING!!! 

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

  1. Jody and Tom Vande Weerd, Riverside Kennels. Rock Valley, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Water bowls have build up of green algae, dirty kennels and needs to establish a dental cleaning plan for the dogs
  2. AG Beukelman- Orange City, Iowa. 95 adult breeding dogs and is a 2017 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. Beukelman has a history of violations including: Bulldogs with untreated eye problems, dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water,  rusted cages, wires broken, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls. 
  3. Sara Hulshoff- Ireton, Iowa. 81 adult  breeding dogs with a history of violations including: wire floooring of cages are broken and pointed up, causing injury to the dogs and no records of having a veterinarian. 
  4. Linda Mulder-  Boyden, Iowa. 69 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including;  wooden support beams that are severely chewed, excessive amounts of hair and dirt and grime build-up in the kennels. 
  5. Helen and Scott Ketelsen- Hull, Iowa. 129 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Becky Busboom- Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys from, click here
  7. Calvin Kroger- Hudson, South Dakota. 60 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Bob and Charlene Fischer- Goodwin, South Dakota. 21 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Bob Engbrecht- Marion, South Dakota. Can’t access dog count.
  10. Joette Peterson- Freeman, South Dakota , 26 adult dogs. Peterson is a repeat offender on the Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill lists with a history of violations including: Dogs having open sores buzzing with flies.

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PET DOCTOR- 200 9th 66th St #209, Lincoln, NE

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

  1. Becky Busboom- Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys from, click here
  2. Lynette Floyd, Beattie Kansas- unable to access records. 
  3. Julie Johnson, Quenjewel. Murray, Iowa- 29 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Sharp points poking into kennels, rusty kennels, chewed wood, excessive amount of feces, constantly missing inspections. 
  4. Linda Jorgenson, Randolph, Kansas- 41 adult breeding dogs.
  5. Dave Ruter, Sioux City, Iowa- 55 adult breeding dogs. A history of violations including: Excessively rusty cages, filthy kennels, unsafe kennels and excessively chewed up walls. To view photos of his puppy mill, click here
  6. Gary Vandeweerd, Sioux Center, Iowa- 27 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Tara Hansen, Doon, Iowa- Can’t access dog count currently.
  8. Pam Habbinga- 111 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including cracked flooring that cannot be sufficiently cleaned. 
  9. Becky Busboom- Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies.To view which puppy mills Busboom buys from, click here
  10. Gerhard Felts, South Sioux City, Nebraska. , South Sioux City NE. Again, there is no record on “Gerhard Felts” in Nebraska, but he has been linked to the infamous Gary Felts in Kinglsey, Iowa. It appears as though he is operating under his full name and a PO Box in NE.  Felts has been on the Horrible Hundred list numerous times and, after years of violations, has been suspended for falsifying records. He has over 183 adult breeding dogs on his property and has had years of violations including: dogs noted with eye issues, excessively rusty kennels/cages, metal feeders/waterers that are rusted, exposed screws in kennels, excessively chewed wood, standing water in buildings, no wind/rain break, excessive feces in whelping rooms, Previous: Guinea pig breeder also. And they have a peacock. “Records on hand” not completed, severely rusted pens, excessively chewed pens, dust/dirt/debris/grime buildup in pens, sharp points in all of the kennels, big holes in the floors (dogs legs are passing through, even bodies). To view photos of his puppy mill, click here. 
  11. Dave Voss, Alcester, South Dakota- Can’t access dog counts.
  12. AG Beukelman- Orange City, Iowa. 95 adult breeding dogs and is a 2017 Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill. Beukelman has a history of violations including: Bulldogs with untreated eye problems, dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water,  rusted cages, wires broken, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls. 
  13. Dave Voss, Alcester, South Dakota- Can’t access dog counts.

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Nebraska and proof from the Nebraska 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.

 ©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 message us with any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from. Fill out the form below: