Pennsylvania Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

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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 puppy mills 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. 

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the Pennsylvania breeders these stores source from, since CVIs are not needed unless animals cross state lines. 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.

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DC Pet Center- 1908 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Scranton, PA 18508

  1. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. 

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Heartland Pets- 573 Millcreek Mall, Erie, PA 16509

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  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. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska- Busboom is a dog broker, who sources puppies from various facilities and resells them to pet stores. To view which facilities Busboom buys from, click here
  4. Jerry and JoAnne Nelson, Trailane Kennels- Soldier Kansas. 271 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies. 

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Pet Wonderland Inc- 508 Blackman St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

  1. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron, Iowa-  87 adults, 67 puppies (down from 149 adults). 

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Petables Puppy Boutique- 270 Laurel Mall Dr, Hazle Township, PA 18202

  1. Brian Lichirie, Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  2. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker with 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. 

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Petland Monroeville- 4066 William Penn Hwy, Monroeville, PA 15146

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  2. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker with 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Wesley and Stephanie Johnson, Menning Enterprises Inc. Edgerton, Minnesota- 264 adult breeding dogs and 423 puppies. 

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Petland Pittsburgh Mills- 6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  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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Petland Robinson- 1530 Park Manor Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  2. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker with 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Daniel F Wingard, Valleyhill Pups. Bristol, Indiana- 51 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. 
  7. Stacie Stutesman, ShowMe Puppies. El Dorado Springs, Missouri- 97 adult breeding dogs, 36 puppies. 
  8. Amos and Rosa Schmucker. New Haven, Indiana- 16 adult breeding dogs and 8 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. 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. 
  11. 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.
  12. Wesley and Stephanie Johnson, Menning Enterprises Inc. Edgerton, Minnesota- 264 adult breeding dogs and 423 puppies. 
  13. 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 breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country.

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Playful Pets- 115 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  2. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker with 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. 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. 
  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. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies. 
  8. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies. Memphis, Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs and 181 puppies. 
  9. Rebecca Eiler, Creekside Kennel. Oberlin, Kansas- 357 adult breeding dogs and 206 puppies on the premises. Eiler also runs a puppy mill in Nebraska that was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 

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The Pet Shop- 

1988 Whitehall Mall MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052

113 Palmer Park Mall 2455 Park Avenue, Easton, PA 18042

4220 Eisenhower Dr Bethlehem, PA 18020 (Closed) 

  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. Graber purchases thousands of puppies from Midwest puppy mills each year. To view those facilities, click here
  2. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker with 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron, Iowa-  87 adults, 67 puppies (down from 149 adults). 
  8. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska- Busboom is a dog broker, who sources puppies from various facilities and resells them to pet stores. To view which facilities Busboom buys from, click here
  9. Robin Fedders, Fedders Farm. Sioux Center, Iowa- 6 adult breeding dogs (down from 32 adults) 
  10. Debra Pratt, Hakuna Matata Transports. New Sharon, Iowa-  126 puppies. Former Horrible Hundred puppy mill owner who had her breeding license revoked, turned transport company. Pratt had 19 pages of USDA violations and auctioned off all of her dogs, many of whom were sick with brucellosis. Now Pratt houses dozens of puppies in her facility before they are transported to pet stores. 
  11. James and Malinda Hilty, Four Corner Puppies LLC. Fort Wayne, Indiana- 22 adult breeding dogs and 42 puppies. 
  12. John and Kanoshia Schmucker, Maumee Bridge Puppies. New Haven, Indiana- 25 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  13. 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 breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country.

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Yuppy Puppy- 292 Frantz Rd, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

  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. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska- Busboom is a dog broker, who sources puppies from various facilities and resells them to pet stores. To view which facilities Busboom buys from, click here
  3. Deanna’s Loving Companions. Carl Junction, Missouri- A transport company with 264 puppies and 11 kittens 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. 
  4. Nathaniel and Noretta Martin. Barnett, Missouri- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Samuel and Mahlone Beachy, Clark Missouri- 84 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies.
  6. Norman Gingerich. Sturgeon, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Toba E Miller, Millers Kennel. Clark, Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Lizzie and Mervin Yoder. Clark, Missouri- 37 adult breeding dogs. This facility was written up in February 2020 for failing to provide heat for their dogs in the winter or adequate bedding with an indoor temperature of 42 degrees. 
  9. Esther and Willard Borntrager, Stagecoach Run Kennels. Brashear, Missouri- 41 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  10. Alvin Borntrager. Brashear, Missouri- not USDA Licensed
  11. Chrissie Yoder. Clark, Missouri– 50 adult breeding dogs and 46 puppies. 
  12. Polly R and Samuel E Borntrager, Borntrager Kennels. Clark, Missouri- 68 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies. 
  13. 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. 
  14. Mervin and Lizzie Miller. La Plata, Missouri- 66 adult breeding dogs and 52 puppies. 
  15. Daniel M Gingerich. Clark, Missouri- 60 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. 
  16. Moses Beachy. Clark, Missouri- is not USDA Licensed. 
  17. Eli Yoder Jr. Moberly, Missouri –  is not USDA Licensed.
  18. Daniel R Borntreger. Madison, Missouri- is not USDA Licensed.

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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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