Texas Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

 

©Bailing Out Benji 2019
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 2020, 2019 and 2018. 

*PLEASE NOTE* We are still combing through the CVI reports and will be adding to this article. Not every facility that supplies these stores are listed below. 

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CRITTERS EXOTIC PETS- 600 A S. Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76711

Critters shared their paperwork on a local news story, which is how we obtained this data

  1. 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 listed on the 2016 horrible hundred list.
  2. Choice Puppies, formerly known as The Hunte Corporation, Goodman Missouri- Until late 2016, the Hunte Corporation was one of the largest puppy brokers in the entire country. It was said to have sold over 100,000 puppies to pet stores each year. Hunte (now Choice Puppies) is the largest supplier of Petland stores across the United States. 

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CROSBY PETS- 5214 S Main St, Crosby, Texas. 77532

  1. David Steffensmeier,  Jeannie’s Gems . West Point Iowa-cancelled USDA license, is not licensed by the state of Iowa. 
  2. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  3. Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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

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DOG ALLEY- 550 E Tyler St, Canton, Texas 75103

Dog Alley in Canton, Texas is home to hundreds of unregulated puppy mills. These puppy mills are from within Texas, and from surrounding states. At this time, there is very little oversight on what is happening here. To view more information, click here.

  1. Matt and Dana Ory, Dana’s Waggin Tales. Cantril, Iowa- 96 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 

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EXOTIC TROPICAL PET WORLD- 1716 Hackberry Ave, Mcalllen, Texas 78503

  1. Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  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. 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. Ryan Ahrenholtz, Defiance Iowa- is an unlicensed facility
  5. Erwin Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 39 adult breeding dogs. 

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PARTNERS PET CENTER- 1701 S Mays St # Q, Round Rock, TX 78664

This data was obtained from the HSUS as well as the owner of Partners admitting to which breeder he uses. 

  1. Susan Franz, Belton Texas- 34 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including : excessive flea problem, using expired medications on the dogs, inadequate records on dead/donated dogs, rusty doors on kennels and dogs able to escape the kennels. Franz is a repeat offender on the Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill list
  2. Partners Pet Center has also been cited for having an excessive flea problem on the puppies within their own store. 

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PET CITY HOUSTON- 230 Bammel Westfield Road, Houston, TX 77032

  1. Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs, 434 puppies.
  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. 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. 

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PET FAIR- 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands TX 77380

  1. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies AKA Lucky Puppies Co. West Point, Iowa- 73 puppies. Also owns Choice Puppies (another broker) out of Goodman, Missouri. Until late 2016, the Hunte Corporation was one of the largest puppy brokers in the entire country. It was said to have sold over 100,000 puppies to pet stores each year.

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PETLAND DALLAS- 11909 Preston Rd #1428, Dallas, TX 75230

  1. Vicki Tidwell, TNT Kennel. Edgewood, Texas- 88 adult dogs, 47 puppies. (This was obtained from customer complaints after purchasing a puppy. )
  2. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  3. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  4. 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
  5. Lloyd and Loren Yoder. Riverside, Iowa- 90 adult breeding dogs with a long history of violations which landed them on the 2019 horrible hundred puppy mill list. 
  6. 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. 

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PETLAND FRISCO- 2930 Preston Road Suite 810, Frisco TX 75034

  1. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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
  6. Julie Johnson, Quenjewel. Murray, Iowa- 29 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Sharp points poking into kennels, rusty kennels, chewed wood, excessive amount of feces, constantly missing inspections.

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PETLAND LEON VALLEY- 7030 Bandera Rd, San Antonio TX 78238

  1. Ethan, Carla and Garry Zumbach, Zumbach Yorkies- 155 adult breeding dogs and 58 puppies. 
  2. Miriam, Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Countryside Pets AKA Cathy’s Kennel  AKA Nisley’s Kennel. Chariton, Iowa- 74 adult breeding dogs and 67 puppies with a history of violations including: Dogs with bad teeth/matsm build up of dirt and feces, sharp points sticking into kennels.
  3. Sherri Gillum, Lakeview Kennels. Unionville, Missouri- 66 adult breeding dogs, 51 puppies
  4. Colleen Ries, Wishbone Kennels. Ryan, Iowa- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. 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
  6. Julie Johnson, Quenjewel. Murray, Iowa- 29 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Sharp points poking into kennels, rusty kennels, chewed wood, excessive amount of feces, constantly missing inspections.

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PETLAND PRESTON- 11909 Preston Rd Suite 1428, Dallas TX 75230

  1. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies
  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. Milton Lewis, Rock Hill Dog Ranch. Newport, Nebraska- 98 adult breeding dogs and 68 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation in 2018 due to their severe violations. 

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PETLAND TYLER- 4512 South Broadway Suite A1, Tyler TX 75703

This pet store was involved in a huge undercover investigation that showed store employees neglecting sick puppies, and deceased puppies found in the freezer. To view the undercover investigation, click here. Beware, the footage is frightening.

  1. Tom & Carla Steffensmeier, T & C Steffensmeier Kennels. West Point, Iowa- 176 adult breeding dogs, 143 puppies
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 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. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies
  5. John Yutzy, Bloomfield Iowa- is an unlicensed facility
  6. Jaclyn and Neil Schelling, Rolling S Puppies. Alton, Iowa- 9 adult dogs 
  7. Eli and Laura Schrock, Hillview Kennels.  Drakesvile Iowa- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Stephen Schrock, Shady Lawn Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 36 adult breeding dogs. Has cancelled license in the past to escape violations, this changes USDA number often. 
  9. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel. Bloomfield Iowa- 43 adult breeding dogs, 49 puppies
  10. Henry and Lisa Byler, Seymour Iowa- 41 adult breeding dogs
  11. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge Kennel, Moravia Iowa – 23 adult breeding dogs.
  12. Eddie J and Rosemary Gingerich, E and R Bulldogs. Bloomfield, Iowa- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  13. Mark Yoder, Acorn Ridge. Bloomfield, Iowa- 53 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies. 
  14. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs and 32 puppies
  15. Marvin and Rosemary Mullet, Clover Ridge Kennel AKA Rosen Mary Kennels.  Corydon, Iowa- 96 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. This breeder also cancelled their former license (Rosen Mary Kennels) and started this new one in order to hide their long list of violations including: dogs with cloudy eyes, rusted kennels, expired medications used on dogs, medications not meant for dogs being used on them.
  16. Erwin Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  17. James E and Sarah Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 63 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: using expired medications and having a severe fly problem in their kennels. They operate under two separate licenses. 
  18. Fred Borntrager, Clearview Kennel. Seymour, Iowa- 40 adult breeding dogs.
  19. Marvin Nisley, Seymour Iowa- 64 adult breeding dogs. 
  20. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 65 adult breeding dogs 
  21. Elias H Mast, Shady Ridge Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 48 adult breeding dogs 
  22. Joel Swartzentruber. Afton, Iowa- is an unlicensed facility. 
  23. Melvin G and Mary Yoder, Seymour, Iowa- 46 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 55 adult breeding dogs
  25. Vernon and Joseph Troyer, Shadow Valley Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa – 93 adult breeding dogs and 45 puppies. Shadow Ridge was previously “Echo Valley Kennels” but has cancelled license and changed name several times.  
  26. Adin Lambright, Bloomfield Iowa- 23 adult breeding CATS with a history of violations including: cats with eye discharge and swelling of eyes. 
  27. Larry Yoder, Triple Y Kennel.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 30 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. 
  28. Daniel Kauffman, Dee Kay Bulldogs. Bloomfield, Iowa- 16 adult breeding dogs.
  29. David and Anna Nisley, Cedar Grove Kennels. Drakesville, Iowa- 22 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: emaciated dogs who are nursing litters without medical attention, use of expired medications. They also change their license number to avoid violations. 

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PETLAND VINEYARD- 1309 N Loop 1604 West Suite 101, San Antonio TX 78258

  1. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 71 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- Puppy Broker with 20 puppies at the time of last inspection. 
  3. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies. 
  4. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa (broker) – 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.
  5. Dustin and Jill Westercamp. Farmington, Iowa –  90 adult breeding dogs.
  6. 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.
  7. Ethan, Carla and Garry Zumbach, Zumbach Yorkies- 155 adult breeding dogs and 58 puppies. 
  8. Colleen Ries, Wishbone Kennels. Ryan, Iowa- 30 adult breeding dogs. 

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TEXAS MINI-DOODLES- 2001 Wellington Dr, Mansfield TX 76063

Appears to be a breeder, but sources her puppies from other breeders as well. 

  1. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 84 adults 434 puppies.

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*Please note* We do not receive documents about the Texas 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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©Bailing Out Benji 2019

All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and must be cited as such when shared or quoted.

Texas is home to numerous pet stores that are selling puppy mill puppies, not just the ones above. If you are wondering where your puppy was born, please contact us through the form below. All requests for information will remain confidential.