South Dakota 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 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 2020, 2019 and 2018.

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the South Dakota 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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Ed’s Pet World- 206 N Main St, Mitchell, SD 57301

  1. Brian Warren, Crittersville Enterprises LLC.  Culbertson, Nebraska- Large scale dog broker out of Nebraska. To view the puppy mills they buy from, click here
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Mini Critters- 3509 W 49th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

  1. Heath and Serenity Francke, Sand Creek Kennels and Sporting Dogs. Newport, Nebraska- 52 adult breeding dogs and 38 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2016 after receiving an official warning from the state of Nebraska due to animal care. 
  2. Deb O’Neal, Country Kennels. Ord, Nebraska- 20 adult breeding dogs and 15 puppies. 
  3. AG Beukelman, J Michaels Kennels. Sioux Center, Iowa- 100 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: excessively rusted cages, wires broken and poking into kennels, build up of dirt/grime, excessively chewed bowls, dogs withuntreated eye problems, and dead mice found floating in dogs’ drinking water. Although Beukelman is a veterinarian himself, he is known as one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  4. Helen and Scott Ketelsen. Hull, Iowa- 95 adult breeding dogs and 30 puppies. 
  5. Jason Englemen. Rock Rapids, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  6. Jody and Tom Vande Weerd, Riverside Kennels. Rock Valley, Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Linda and Marv Mulder, Limi Je M Kennel. Boyden, Iowa- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Linda Schacht, Puppy Kisses Nursery. Doon, Iowa- 28 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Margaret Van Donkelaar. Maurice, Iowa- unlicensed breeder. 
  10. Mary Ruud. Colman, South Dakota- is not USDA licensed. 
  11. Dan and Sadie Maassen. Doon, Iowa- 34 adult breeding dogs. 
  12. Sara Hulshoff, Dogwood Kennels. Ireton, Iowa- 98 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the South Dakota 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.  

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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.

©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.

If you are wondering where your puppy was born, please contact us through the form below. All requests for information will remain confidential.

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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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