Nevada Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

©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. These group are  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. We will attach the CVI data as we have obtained it from the Nevada 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.

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Puppies Plus- 6405 South Virginia Street, Reno Nevada. 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Puppies Plus has purchased from in 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Conrad’s Cuddly Canines, Frankford Missouri- 94 puppies. Conrad’s is a large-scale commercial puppy broker in Missouri that ships puppies all over the United States. Conrad’s sells over 5,000 puppies a year and reportedly grosses over $1,000,000 in sales.
  2. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley489 adult breeding dogs, 396 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  3. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon Indiana- 70 puppies
  4. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 Puppies. 
  5. Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. 
  6. Herman, Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies 
  7. J.A.K.S Puppies, Britt IA- 97 puppies
  8. Hunte Corporation, Choice Puppies, Goodman Missouri- 39 puppies.  To view an undercover expose on one of the largest puppy brokers in the country, click here
  9. First Class Puppies, Bluejacket Oklahoma
  10. T&C Steffensmeier Kennel, West Point Iowa- 287 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: dogs with serious dental issues and horrible teeth. 
  11. Adin Lambright, Bloomfield Iowa- Cat mill with 34 adult breeding cats. 
  12. Calvin Kroger, Hudson South Dakota – 60 adult breeding dogs
  13. Harvey Rissler, Barnett Missouri- 150 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: very sick and injured bichons. But that doesn’t stop Puppies Plus from labeling him as a “star breeder of excellence” . 
  14. Amos Yoder, Skyline View, St Charles Minnesota- 104 adult breeding dogs
  15. Angie McDuffie, AJ’s Angels, Cushing Minnesota – 648 adult breeding dogs. *Formerly known as Wanda Kretzman of Clearwater Kennel 3/9/2016 she cancelled license. Same day daughter-in-law obtained license for the very same kennel.  This is one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  16. Levi Nisley, Patriot Ohio – 240 adult breeding dogs
  17. Fannie Shrock/Mahlon Shrock, Harwood Missouri – 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Joseph Herschberger, Windy Knoll Kennel. Spickard Missouri- 64 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. Phillip Hoover, Show Me Puppies, Memphis Missouri – 362 adult breeding dogs
  20. Kenneth/Kristina/Linda Baker, Huggins Missouri – 254 adult breeding dogs. 
  21. Sherrye Swenson,  Backus Minnesota – 31 adult breeding dogs, 77 puppies. 
  22. Alan and Terisa Steiber, Rockytopp Enterprises, Lansing, Iowa- 98 adult breeding dogs with violations including: outdoor dogs with insufficient shelter and wind block. 
  23. Jesse Lambright, Hillsboro Wisconsin- 79 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Betty Fetters, Fetters Furry Friends. Novinger, Missouri-  103 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Victoria/Gary Simmons, Amity Missouri – 87 adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Melinda Yutzy, Princeton Missouri – 154 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. Andy/Ruby Mast, Lazy Creek Kennel, Bogard Missouri – 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  28. David Miller ,Hillsboro Wisconsin – 62 adult breeding dogs. 

 

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Puppy Boutique – 4343 N Rancho Dr #244, Las Vegas, Nevada 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Puppy Boutique has purchased from in 2016 and 2017. 

  1. Deborah Hubbard, Sparta Missouri- 22 puppies, with violations including: kennels are too small for number of puppies in them, dogs without health certificates, dogs without any identification. 

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Petland Las Vegas-  8800 W Charleston Blvd #3, Las Vegas, NV 

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

 

Taken from the Petland Vegas website… Now let’s learn about where their puppies really come from.

  1.  Deborah Hubbard, Sparta Missouri- 22 puppies, with violations including: kennels are too small for number of puppies in them, dogs without health certificates, dogs without any identification. 
  2. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 puppies.
  3. Melinda Richards, Butler Missouri- Cat Mill. 20 adult breeding cats. 
  4. Conrad’s Cuddly Canines, Frankford Missouri- 94 puppies. Conrad’s is a large-scale commercial puppy broker in Missouri that ships puppies all over the United States. Conrad’s sells over 5,000 puppies a year and reportedly grosses over $1,000,000 in sales.
  5. Ty and Abby Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels- Goodman Missouri- 162 adult breeding dogs. 

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Petland Henderson- 510 Marks Street, Suite #120 Henderson, Nevada

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

This same photo appears on the Petland Henderson Website

  1. Johannah Abernathy and Terri Schneiders, Willowbrook Cavaliers, Quapaw Oklahoma- 58 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: jagged edges in dog food self feeders, water receptacles with jagged edges, excessive flies, rodent droppings, severe accumulation of waste, and jagged edges in exercise area. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. 
  2. Cloverridge Kennel LLC, Corydon, Iowa- 85 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon Indiana- 70 puppies
  4. Hunte Corporation, Choice Puppies, Goodman Missouri- 39 puppies.  To view an undercover expose on one of the largest puppy brokers in the country, click here
  5. 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.
  6. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri- 353 puppies. 
  7. Conrad’s Cuddly Canines, Frankford Missouri- 94 puppies. Conrad’s is a large-scale commercial puppy broker in Missouri that ships puppies all over the United States. Conrad’s sells over 5,000 puppies a year and reportedly grosses over $1,000,000 in sales.
  8. JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa- 97 puppies. 
  9. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies.  Memphis Missouri- 362 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Caleb Yoder, Montgomery Indiana- 25 adult breeding dogs. Located in a county with a huge Amish Puppy Mill Problem
  11. Joseph Detweiler, Cedar View Kennel. Princeton, Missouri- 56 adult breeding dogs
  12. Lonnie Whittmer, Odon Indiana- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Lester Raber, Odon Indiana- A part of the Raber Clan in Indiana, together they have hundreds of adult breeding dogs and violations including: multiple instances of boxers with injuries and very thin and sick puppies,  shihtzus needing artificial tears, but not being given them; other dogs with untreated eye ulcers, etc. 
  14. Herman, Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies 
  15. Howard Yoder, Bloomfield Iowa- Another Amish clan in Iowa totaling hundreds of adult breeding dogs and violations including: Injured dogs, sick dogs, dogs with bad teeth, severe accumulation of feces, surgeries being performed without a veterinarian, and inadequate shelter. 
  16. Tiffanie Kurz, Tiffanies LLC. Frankford Missouri-  Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. 
  17. Ervin Graber, Montgomery Indiana- A part of the Graber Clan in Indiana, together they have hundreds of adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennel, Corydon Iowa- 47 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. David J Graber, Odon Indiana- A part of the Graber Clan in Indiana, together they have hundreds of adult breeding dogs. 

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Nevada and proof from the Nevada Department of Agriculture connecting them to some of the most notorious puppy mills in the United States.

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

For more information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji. We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

You can also send an email to bailingoutbenji@gmail.com.

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