North Carolina 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 2019 and 2020. 

For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on Facebook or contact us through the form below.

*Please note* These are just the Missouri and Iowa facilities that North Carolina stores source from. We also do not receive documents about the North Carolina breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. Because of that, many stores will not be reflected below because they are buying from in-state facilities. 

If you bought a puppy from a 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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Bill’s Pet Shop-

2666 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, New Bern, NC 28562

491 US-70, Havelock, NC 28532

  1. Pinnacle Pet AKA Sobrad LLC. Neosho, Missouri- one of the largest puppy brokers in the country with 72 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection. 
  2. 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.
  3. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. This breeder has both a breeder and broker license. Their brokering company received a recent violation for not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care. 
  4. Esther and Willard Borntrager, Stagecoach Run Kennels. Brashear, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 

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Friendly Pets- 625 Friendly Center Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408

  1. Donnie and Angela Fields, A+ Pups. Green Castle,  Missouri- 78 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  2. Anton and Stacie Noordeloos. Macomb, Missouri- 36 adult breeding cats and 21 kittens. 
  3. Alisa Breedlove, Breedloves Unique Kennel. Waynesville, Missouri- 108 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies. 
  4. Benjamin L and Fannie Borntrager, B&F Kennel. Clark, Missouri- 75 adult breeding dogs and 48 puppies. 
  5. Bunny Trembler. Niangua, Missouri- 30 adult breeding cats and 45 kittens.
  6. Candy Fields. Green City, Missouri- 45 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies. 
  7. Carroll Bailey. Goodman, Missouri- 27 adult breeding dogs and 46 puppies. 
  8. Charles Feldmann. Sheldon, Missouri- 121 adult breeding dogs and 92 puppies. 
  9. Curt and Lori Conrad, Conrad’s Cuddly Canine’s. Frankford, Missouri- Large puppy broker with 94 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  10. Daniel D Troyer and Joseph D Troyer. Clark, Missouri- 53 adult breeding dogs and 15 puppies. 
  11. David Borntrager. Clark, Missouri- 65 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  12. Debra Murrell AKA Debbie Smith, Landrees Lhasas  FKA Prairie Creek Kennel . Lebanon, Missouri- 108 adult breeding dogs and 58 puppies. 
  13. Dorace Burton, Grace Kennel. Lebanon, Missouri- 37 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  14. Dustin & Jill Westercamp. Farmington, Iowa- 90 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  15. 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. 
  16. Jonas MIller, Country Lane Kennel. Clark, Missouri- 29 adult breeding dogs and 11 puppies. 
  17. Joni T Petersheim, Sho-Me Kennels. Madison, Missouri- 45 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  18. Jennifer Ramirez and Deanne Culp, DLC Pet Transport AKA Deanna’s Loving Companions. Carl Junction, Missouri- A transport company with 132 puppies at the time of last inspection. They were also in violation of putting too many puppies and kittens in to cages within the transport van and not providing adequate space. 
  19. Joseph D Troyer. Clark, Missouri- 53 adult breeding dogs and 15 puppies. 
  20. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. This breeder has both a breeder and broker license. Their brokering company received a recent violation for not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care. 
  21. Pinnacle Pet AKA Sobrad LLC. Neosho, Missouri- one of the largest puppy brokers in the country with 72 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection. 
  22. Samuel and Mahlone Beachy, Clark Missouri- 84 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies.
  23. Sherri Gillum, Lakeview Kennels. Unionville, Missouri- 66 adult breeding dogs and 51 puppies
  24. Stacey Fox. Stark City, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  25. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker,  126 puppies .
  26. Tom Petersen and Cindy Jensen. Buffalo, Missouri- 85 adult breeding dogs and 53 puppies. 

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Impeccable Paws- 19930 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031

  1. Pinnacle Pet AKA Sobrad LLC. Neosho, Missouri- one of the largest puppy brokers in the country with 72 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection. 

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Last Place on Earth Pet Shop- 5655 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28213

  1. Pinnacle Pet AKA Sobrad LLC. Neosho, Missouri- one of the largest puppy brokers in the country with 72 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection. 
  2. 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.

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The Pet Warehouse- 1250 Western Blvd #D, Jacksonville, NC 28546

  1. Alta Madewell, M&M Toy Kennel. Fayetteville, Arkansas- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Alvin and Wanda Mullett, A and W Kennel. West Plains, Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs and 29 puppies. 
  3. Angela Smith, Family Lane Pets, Elkland, Missouri – 57 adult breeding dogs and 12 puppies.  This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  4. Bob Bateman. Verona, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  5. Brian Lichirie, Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  6. Brody Bateman. Wheaton, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  7. Bunny Trembler. Niangua, Missouri- 30 adult breeding cats and 45 kittens.
  8. Calvin Cantrell, Calico Puppy Ranch. Anderson, Missouri- 79 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 
  9. Candy Fields. Green City, Missouri- 45 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies. 
  10. Chad Pyle. Purdy, Missouri- not USDA licensed
  11. Christine Bailey FKA Bailey Transportation. Stark City, Missouri- is not USDA licensed, although they used to be USDA licensed as a transport company. 
  12. Chris and Benuel Stoltzfus, Rockvale Farm Kennel. Honey Brook, Pennsylvania- this facility is not licensed by the USDA or the state, although they formerly were and cancelled their license. At the time of licensure, they had 41 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  13. Christie and Tom Nass. Pineville, Missouri- 24 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies. 
  14. Curt and Lori Conrad, Conrad’s Cuddly Canine’s. Frankford, Missouri- Large puppy broker with 94 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  15. 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. 
  16. Denise Lindeman. Wheaton, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  17. Devin Bateman. Aurora, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  18. Don Wengerd. Hershey, Michigan- is not USDA licensed
  19. Donnie and Angela Fields, A+ Pups. Green Castle,  Missouri- 78 adult breeding dogs and 34 puppies. 
  20. Donnie, Irene and Diane Wagler. Montgomery, Indiana- 31 adult breeding dogs and 1 1 puppies. 
  21. Dustin & Jill Westercamp. Farmington, Iowa- 90 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  22. Emanuel. Miriam and Catherine Nisley, Countryside Pets AKA Cathy’s Kennel AKA Nisley’s Kennel. Chariton, Iowa- 74 adult breeding dogs and 67 puppies. 
  23. Ervin and Ester Gingerich. Chariton, Iowa- not USDA licensed
  24. Fannie and Mahlon Schrock, Schrock Family Kennel. Harwood, Missouri- 43 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Gary D Chupp, Pine View Kennels. Arthur, Illinois- 24 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies. 
  26. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker,  126 puppies .
  27. Houston, Kayla and Georgia Henderson. Neosho, Missouri- not USDA licensed
  28. Howard Schrock. Arthur, Illinois – not USDA licensed
  29. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies. 
  30. Jennifer Ramirez and Deanne Culp, DLC Pet Transport AKA Deanna’s Loving Companions. Carl Junction, Missouri- A transport company with 132 puppies at the time of last inspection. They were also in violation of putting too many puppies and kittens in to cages within the transport van and not providing adequate space. 
  31. Jerry Davis. Stella, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  32. Jill Pyle, Pyle’s Goldendoodle Puppies. Wheaton, Missouri- is not USDA licensed
  33. Johnathan Borntrager. Vevay, Indiana- is not USDA licensed
  34. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 74 adult breeding dogs and 47 puppies. This breeder has both a breeder and broker license. Their brokering company received a recent violation for not providing adequate space (6 inches around the dog’s body) for the puppies in their care.
  35. 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. 
  36. John and Marcee Bryant, Puppy Junction. Seneca, Missouri- 93 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. 
  37. Jonathan Wagler. West Union, Ohio- 86 adult breeding dogs and 49 puppies. 
  38. Josh Garber. Bradford, Ohio- 84 adult breeding dogs and 29 puppies. 
  39. 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.
  40. Karen Hoover. Hurdland, Missouri- 13 adult breeding dogs and 3 puppies. 
  41. Karen S Buffalohead, KCZ Amazing Pets. Langley, Oklahoma- 28 adult breeding dogs, 22 puppies. 
  42. Kelly Essary, Dry Hollow Kennel . Cape Fair, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  43. Kelly Hulahan, Puppy Smart. Joplin, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  44. 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. 
  45. Kevin Wittmer, Loogootee Indiana- 19 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: Three dogs had protruding hip bones and ribs showing; others had injuries to the face and leg. Wittmer was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  46. Layne Laurence. Booker, Texas- is not USDA licensed. 
  47. Leah and Melvin Graber. Loogootee, Indiana- is not USDA licensed, although they held a license previously. 
  48. Linda Leach, Twinkle Toes Kennel. Anderson, Missouri- 35 adult breeding dogs. 
  49. Marlene and Wayne Zimmerman. Wheeling, Missouri- 10 adult breeding dogs. 
  50. Mary Friend. Neosho, Missouri- is not USDA licensed.
  51. Mary Spicer- Fenty. Willow Springs, Missouri- 26 adult breeding cats and 22 kittens. 
  52. 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. 
  53. Monica Sheeley, South Paw Pets AKA Premium Paws . Neosho, Missouri- 42 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. Has changed their USDA license number several times. 
  54. Nelson Diener, Fair Banks Kennel. Arthur, Illinois- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  55. Phil Coffman. Wheaton, Missouri- is not USDA licensed.
  56. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies. Memphis, Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs and 181 puppies. 
  57. Philip Schlabach. Tuscola, Illinois- is not USDA licensed.
  58. Richard and Barb Knepp. Montgomery, Indiana- is not USDA licensed.
  59. Robert Johnson, Johnson’s Precious Cargo AKA JPC Transport. Webb City, Missouri- Transport company with 157 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection.
  60. Rodney Goss. Sentinel, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed.
  61. Rudy Ferrari.  Burns Flat, Oklahoma- is not USDA licensed.
  62. Sally Suschnick, Suschnick Kennels AKA Sally’s Reds. Liberal, Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs. 
  63. Sheila Hughes. Stark City, Missouri- is not USDA licensed.
  64. Steven Jess. Arcola, Illinois- is not USDA licensed.
  65. Teresa J Taylor, Taylor’s Puppy Boutique. Harriet, Arkansas- 55 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. 
  66. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC. Frankford,  Missouri – Broker with 41 puppies on their property at the time of last inspection. Violations include keeping puppies in kennels that are too small. This broker was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country.
  67. Tina Mottl. Reeds Spring, Missouri-  is not USDA licensed.
  68. Trent Leroy Yoder. Montgomery, Indiana- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  69. Tyler Endicott. Granby, Missouri- is not USDA licensed.
  70. Verlin Miller. Goshen, Indiana- 48 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. 

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Right Puppy – 2230 Old Union Church Rd, Salisbury NC 28146

  1. Brent Bay, 4 Paws Brokerage AKA 4 Paws Pet Transport. Aurora, Missouri- Puppy Broker and transporter with 54 puppies on the premises at the time of last inspection. 
  2. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. 
  3. Clinton and Marlene Michel, Ironbridge Road Farm. Long Lane, Missouri- 83 adult breeding dogs and 48 puppies. 
  4. Curt and Lori Conrad, Conrad’s Cuddly Canine’s. Frankford, Missouri- Large puppy broker with 94 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  5. Debra and Rex Hopkins. Poplar Bluff, Missouri- 47 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies. 
  6. Gaynetta Snyder Scott Wheatcraft, Precious Paws. Browning, Missouri- 123 dogs and 82 puppies. 
  7. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker,  126 puppies .
  8. 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. 
  9. Joseph D Graber, Dusty Road Kennel LLC. Odon, Indiana- 154 adult breeding dogs and 72 puppies. 
  10. 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.
  11. Larry Hochstetler, Shady View Puppies. Arthur, Illinois- 10 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Larry D, Lonnie E and Louise J Herschberger, Smokey Lane Kennels. Arthur, Illinois- 106 adult breeding dogs and 71 puppies. 
  13. Lydia Brashear, Lonesome Pine Kennel. West Plains, Missouri- 45 adult breeding dogs and 17 puppies. 
  14. Monica Sheeley, South Paw Pets AKA Premium Paws . Neosho, Missouri- 42 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. Has changed their USDA license number several times. 
  15. Robert Johnson, Johnson’s Precious Cargo AKA JPC Transport. Webb City, Missouri- Transport company with 157 puppies on their premises at the time of last inspection.
  16. Rudy Schwartz. La Plata, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  17. Stephen Herschberger. Sullivan, Illinois- is not USDA licensed. 
  18. Tamara and Louie Brower, WinDog Kennels. Pomona, Missouri- 33 adult breeding dogs and 41 puppies. 

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Dog Academy of NC- 1215 Stone Rd, Durham, NC 27703

This is a dog training facility that also sells puppies. Below you will find the list of facilities that Dog Academy sourced from in 2019 and 2020 per Government health records.

  1. Bob Hughes, Southwest Auction Service. Wheaton, Missouri- this is a company that auctions off puppy mill adult dogs and puppies almost every weekend in Missouri. On at least 10 different occasions in 2019 and 2020 the owner of the Dog Academy purchased puppies through this auction service. 
  2. Chester Beachy. Clark, Missouri- 63 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  3. Esther and Willard Borntrager, Stagecoach Run Kennels. Brashear, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  4. John Gingerich. Sturgeon, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  5. John J Miller, TLC Kennels. Sturgeon, Missouri- 63 adult breeding dogs and 16 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2020. 
  6. Jonas A MIller, Country Lane Kennel. Clark, Missouri- 29 adult breeding dogs and 11 puppies. 
  7. Samuel and David Miller, D & K Kennel AKA Shady Kennels LLC. Keytesville, Missouri- 64 adult breeding dogs and 7 puppies. This breeder has a history of violations and was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2020. 
  8. Tom and Carla Steffensmeier, T & C Steffensmeier Kennels. West Point, Iowa- 176 adult breeding dogs and 143 puppies. 
  9. Tera Barks. Dexter, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. 
  10. Tom Petersen and Cindy Jensen. Buffalo, Missouri- 85 adult breeding dogs and 53 puppies. 
  11. William Miller. Keytesville, Missouri- 28 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 

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*Please note* These are just the Missouri and Iowa facilities that North Carolina stores source from. We also do not receive documents about the North Carolina breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. Because of that, many stores will not be reflected below because they are buying from in-state facilities. 

If you bought a puppy from a pet store or breeder 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.

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