New York 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 in partnership with the advocates at Puppy Mill Free Long Island and therefore 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. We are all 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. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook.

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Little Wonders Puppy Emporium- 15 Main Street, Sayville NY

This information was obtained based on the information on the puppy cages in the store. 

  1. Jeff Adams, Adams Kennel – Durant, Oklahoma. 35 adult dogs. To view undercover footage of this breeder, click here. 
  2. Karen Buffalohead, KCZ Amazing Pets – Langley Oklahoma. 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Cindy Johnson Purple Rose Kennel- Jay Oklahoma. 17 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Calvin Kroger- Hudson, South Dakota. 60 adult breeding dogs.
  5. Angeline Mc Duffee AJ’s Angels- Cushing Minnesota *Formerly known as Wanda Kretzman of Clearwater Kennel * 3/9/2016 she cancelled her license. Same day daughter-in-law obtained license for the very same kennel at the same address… 594 adult dogs, 402 puppies .  This is one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country.
  6. Justin Sawyer. Backus Minnesota – 70 adult dogs, 61 puppies
  7. Judy Willis.  Jasper, Arkansas- 33 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Jonathan Miller. Huntsville, Arkansas- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Charles & Susan Delozier, C&T Kennels- Green Forest, Arkansas. 24 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Colleen Ries, Wishbone Kennels -Ryan, Iowa 36 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: Dogs with open and untreated wounds on legs
  11. JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 97 puppies
  12. Carol Hyatt, Shangrila Kennel- Fredericktown, Missouri.  10 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Alisa Breedlove/Breedloves Unique Kennel- Waynesville, Missouri- 80 adult dogs, all living in rabbit hutches. To see more footage of her kennel click here
  14. Sherri Gillum- Unionville, Missouri.  54 adult dogs, 30 puppies
  15. Randall & Sheree Bonnette – Chillicothe, Missouri- 80 adult breeding dogs
  16. Josie & Paul Swartzentruber- Buffalo, Missouri 3 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. Allison Hedgpeth/Lonewolf Kennel- Iberia, Missouri. 47 adult dogs. Has a history of USDA violations for having dogs in outdoor enclosures with no wind/weather breaks
  18. Bill & Mona Paulson Prairieview Kennel- Washburn, Missouri- 102 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. David Miller. Oronogo, Missouri- 149 adult dogs, 58 puppies. Click here to view Undercover footage of David Miller’s property. 
  20. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri – 353 puppies.
  21. Hunte Corporation, Choice Puppies-  Goodman Missouri- 39 puppies.  To view an undercover expose on one of the largest puppy brokers in the country, click hereThey had 1006 puppies in 2015!!

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American Dog Club

Smith Haven Mall, 542 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove, New York

Sunrise Mall, 1 Sunrise Mall, Massapequa, New York 

South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, Bay Shore, New York

This information was obtained based off of the tags on each puppy cage. 

  1. David and Esther Troyer, Clark Missouri- 53 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: using dirty needles to give medicine,  filthy kennels, filthy enclosures, excessive matting, open wounds, and the list keeps going. To view USDA photos and read more violations, click here
  2. Judy Maasen, J Maasen Inc- Rock Valley Iowa- 390 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with open wounds/injuries and the owner listing  “gunshot in brain at close range”. 
  3. Creekside Kennel, Oberlin Kansas- 258 adult breeding dogs! 
  4. John and Becky Blaes, JB Premier Pets. Cherryvale Kansas- 175 adult breeding dogs with painful wirebottom flooring kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here and here. 
  5. Herman and Dorothy Yoder, Mcleansboro Illinois- 100 adult breeding dogs that are all bred in a semi trailer. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  6. 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. To learn more about this breeder, click here:
  7. Darlene Whitman, O’ My Heart Kennels. Mountain Grove, Missouri- 112 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: power washing the kennels with the dogs inside, very thin/lethargic/shivering dogs, kennels without heat, and use of expired medications. To view the USDA photos, click here
  8. David Miller. Oronogo, Missouri- 149 adult dogs, 58 puppies. Click here to view Undercover footage of David Miller’s property. 
  9. Pinnacle Pet, Neosho Missouri – 353 puppies.
  10. Loren Wagner, Odeon Indiana- 21 adult breeding dogs BUT a history of violations including: puppies without identification; multiple records that do not have the puppy ID or date of sale record; chewed wood and damaged surfaces in whelping area; outside runs in breeder building that have buildup and are very dirty, and excessive feces buildup. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  11. Barbara Owens, Keota Oklahoma- 60 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Randall Miller, Stroud, Oklahoma- 110 adult breeding dogs. To view the kennels he keeps his dogs in, click here. 
  13. Becky and Guy Franks, First Class Puppies, Antlers Oklahoma- No Longer USDA licensed (as far as we can tell!) Which means they are illegally selling puppies to this pet store. This breeder has a long list of violations including: dogs without identification, dogs with eye injuries/illnesses. The conditions were so bad the licensee stopped the inspection and wanted to cancel the license right there. To view USDA photos, click here. 
  14. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana- 70 puppies.
  15. James Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels, Bloomfield Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs. Newer USDA license and already has violations including: using expired medications on dogs and a severe fly problem on dogs. 
  16. Cindy and Richard Jensen, Neodesha Kansas- 251 adult breeding dogs, with violations including: dogs standing in pools of water without wind/rain breaks. To view USDA inspection photos of this breeder, click here.
  17. Hazel Coleman, Dog N Ass Farm.  Lebanon, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs. Previous violations including: puppies feet passing through wire bottom flooring, matted hair, cockroaches, mice, buckets of feces, etc. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  18. Mary Ann Smith, Smith’s Kennels. Salem Missouri- 95 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. Victor Graber (is what the tag says), Loogootee Indiana- The USDA license number on the tag shows Phillip Knepp. Knepp has 28 adult breeding dogs with violations including: outdoor primary enclosure with shelter box, but no additional shade structure for dogs to get out of direct sun or elements. And Graber has a history of violations including: dogs with eyes bulging out of head, dogs with cysts, dogs with wounds, etc. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. 
  20. Steve Kruse, Stonehenge Kennel. West Point Iowa- One of the largest and worst puppy mills in Iowa. Kruse USED to have over 1000 adult breeding dogs, then he downsized to 823 adults and now he is “currently at” 156 adult breeding dogs after being in a lot of trouble with the USDA. His violations included:  Injured/Sick/New dog (no vet, no quarantine), extreme hairloss on dogs, open wounds, eye discharge in many dogs, abnormal eyes, matted fur, excessively chewed/worn wood in kennels, many dogs in kennels that were excessively small, no excercise plan, fecal matter mixed in with dog food. Steve Kruse is one of the worst breeders in the country! To view undercover footage, click here. 
  21. Levi Nisley, Patriot Ohio- 240 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here
  22. JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 97 puppies
  23. Melvin Nisley, Seymour Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Douglas and Mary Jane Brosh, Brosh’s Kennel. Pender, Nebraska- 87 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including:  jagged edges in kennels, holes in bottom of kennels too big- feet can pass through.
  25. Becky Busboom-  Dannebrog, Nebraska. Dog Broker with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. 
  26. Rebecca Eiler, Creekside Kennel. Oberlin, Kansas- 258 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 87 puppies. To view a footage of the owners directly contradicting the statements made by pet stores, click here
  28. Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 85 adults 54 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs in small kennels, puppies feet passing through the floor of kennels, dogs standing in water and excessive feces. 
  29. Tiffanie Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. 
  30. Lonnie /Larry/Louise Herschberger, Smokey Lane Kennels. Arthur Illinois- Can’t find current USDA license for this breeder. 
  31. Caleb and Dorcas Yoder, Plainville Indiana- 13 puppies. 
  32. Lindsey Schwartz, Salem Iowa- 9 dogs. 
  33. Pamela Monnahan, PJ’s Puppies, Lebanon, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  34. Tina and Brandon Hough, Osceola Missouri- 63 adult breeding dogs (also breeds a lot of other species of animals)
  35. Edna and Elmer Troyer, Clark Missouri- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  36. Daniel Troyer, Iowa- “Hobby Breeder” was posted on the cage. Which means that Daniel is illegally selling puppies to a pet store because he is not USDA licensed. He is likely 
  37. Linda Baker, Okie Pets. Kethchum Oklahoma- 30 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with excessively long toenails, dogs with eye issues, dogs not examined by vets, dogs with severe matting, and cages too small for dogs to sit up, turn around and lie down in
  38. Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 62 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with bad teeth/mats. Build up of dirt and feces, sharp points sticking into kennels. 
  39. Jay Lamar Reiff, Bramble Patch Kennels, Latham Missouri- 66 adult breeding dogs, 65 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with excessively long toenails, green algae in water bowls, sharp wires poking into the kennels. To view USDA inspection reports, click here. 
  40. Butch Olseth, Walthill, Nebraska- 47 adult breeding dogs. 
  41. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies.  Memphis, Missouri- 364 adult breeding dogs and over 204 puppies.
  42. Herman, Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies 
  43. Teahna and Brian Oglesby, Perry Missouri. 29 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs without bedding, and jagged edges in bowls and on kennels. To view USDA photos, click here
  44. David and Sandra Davenport, Elite Pedigree. Center Ridge Arkansas- 137 dogs.
  45. Jason Wagler, Boggs Creek Kennel. Loogootee, Indiana- 113 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including : dirty whelping areas andpuppies/dogs without identification. 
  46. Marvin D and Naomi Lengacher, Montgomery Indiana- 27 adult breeding dogs. 
  47. Angela Fields, Green Castle Missouri- 67 adult breeding dogs with previous inspection violations including: excessive amounts of old feces under raised kennels, sharp points poking into kennels, unlabeled medicine. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  48. Linda Vinyard, Golden Rule Kennels. Stockton, Missouri- 85 adult breeding dogs
  49. Paul King, Fountain City, Indiana- 36 adult breeding dogs. 
  50. Reuben Stutzman, Backwood Acres. Arcola, Illinois- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  51. Shirley Freeman. Fredonia, Kansas- 45 adult breeding dogs. 

Selmer’s Pet Land- 125 East Jericho Turnpike, South Huntington New York. 

  1. Bob Mackay, TLC Breeds- Sayre Oklahoma. 203 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including:  rodent droppings and urine accumulating in kennels. 
  2. Hazel Coleman, Dog N Ass Farm.  Lebanon, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs. Previous violations including: puppies feet passing through wire bottom flooring, matted hair, cockroaches, mice, buckets of feces, etc. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  3. Charles & Susie Williams, Williams Hilltop Kennel. Caulfield Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: ticks on dogs, and no food in food bowls. To view inspection photos, click here
  4. Mark Steffensmeier, Salem Iowa- Dogs living in dark, concrete buildings with a history of violations including: spider webs all over, chewed walls/doors of dog houses, tarter buildup on teeth, red gums, dogs with cloudy eyes. He is also one of the top 100 worst puppy mills in the country. To view inspection photos, click here. 
  5. Tiffanie Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Broker with over 229 puppies on their property. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. 
  6. Maureen Butler, PugPekinPoo-Tzu Kennel. West Plains Missouri- 92 adult breeding dogs. To view undercover footage at this puppy mill, click here. 
  7. Norisa White, Dog-Gone Kennel. Edgar Springs,  Missouri- We don’t have a current dog count, but they have a history of violations including: dogs with cloudy eyes, dogs with eye injuries, buildup of hair and grime, excessive tartar buildup on teeth of dogs. To view inspection reports, click here: 
  8. Charles Feldmann,  Sheldon Missouri- 92 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with lesions on head/ears, extremely matted fur, dogs inexplicably limping, kennels with rat feces/bird droppings, dogs with dried feces stuck in fur, filthy kennels. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. 
  9. Dustan Wellman, Donnellson, Iowa- 4 adult breeding dogs. 

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Canine Corral, 1845 New York Ave, Huntington Station, New York. 

  1. Willard and Esther Borntrager, Stagecoach Run Kennels. Brashear, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 62 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with bad teeth/mats. Build up of dirt and feces, sharp points sticking into kennels. 
  3. Josh Jess, Arthur Illinois- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Sheila Newell, Shepherd Haven Kennel. Neosho, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Joan Dale, Knox City, Missouri- 76 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Jeff Conger, King James Kennel. Willow Springs, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs . 

 

 

** We are still compiling data on the stores above and more stores. Be patient with our progress! **

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There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in New York and the puppy mills they buy from! 

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. 

©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