Texas Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

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.

Texas is a HUGE state for puppy mills, and even has a few pet stores that are selling puppy mill puppies. Sadly, the state doesn’t have much oversight regarding pet stores! We will be working hard to update this database with whatever CVI data we come across, so please be patient. 

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, this includes Texas. 

So what is the truth? With the pet stores claiming they don’t buy from puppy mills, even denying the public to see the names until after they purchase a puppy- what is the public supposed to believe? 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. As of now, the state of Texas is telling us they don’t know who keeps the CVI data, but our research team is currently pulling outgoing records from the states sending puppies. You will see that information below, organized alphabetically by pet store! 

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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- 18 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. To view an undercover video taken at Hunte, click here.

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

  1. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. David Steffensmeier,  Jeannie’s Gems . West Point Iowa- unable to access records, however he is related to: Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, Salem Iowa, who were in trouble for having 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.
  3. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 91 adults 454 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.
  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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.

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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, AKA Dana’s Waggin Tales. Cantril, Iowa- 133 adult breeding dogs. 

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

  1. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 91 adults 454 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.
  2. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick here.
  3. 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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.
  4. Ryan Ahrenholtz, Defiance Iowa- unable to access records. Appears to be unlicensed by both the USDA and state of Iowa. 
  5. Erwin Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 45 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. To view USDA reports, click here.
  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. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 91 adults 454 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.
  2. 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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.
  3. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick here.

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

  1. Brian Mohrfield, Select Puppies. West Point, Iowa. (broker) – 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. Hunte (now Choice Puppies, AKA Select Puppies) is the largest supplier of Petland stores across the United States. To view an undercover video taken at Hunte, click here.

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

  1. Vicki Tidwell, TNT Kennel. Edgewood, Texas- 102 adult dogs, 61 puppies. (This was obtained from customer complaints after purchasing a puppy. )
  2. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- 214 adult breeding dogs and 179 puppies with violations including 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. To view inspection photos, click here.
  4. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick 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. 

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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- 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- 214 adult breeding dogs and 179 puppies with violations including 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. To view inspection photos, click here.
  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 (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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.
  5. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick 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. Carla and Garry Zumbach, Zumbach Yorkies- 177 adult breeding dogs. To view undercover footage of this facility, click here.
  2. Miriam, Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 62 adult breeding dogs 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- 54 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Colleen Ries, Wishbone Kennels. Ryan, Iowa- 34 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick 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- 212 adult breeding dogs. To read more about the Kruse Puppy Mill Legacy in Iowa, click here
  2. 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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.

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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.

Breeders being used “under old management”

  1. Tom and Carla Steffensmeier, T&C Steffensmeier Kennel, West Point Iowa- 287 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: dogs with serious dental issues and horrible teeth.
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- 214 adult breeding dogs and 179 puppies with violations including 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. To view inspection photos, click here.
  3. 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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.
  4. Lindsey Schwartz AKA Lindsey Forquer, Cammies Country Canines. Salem, Iowa- 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. John Yutzy, Bloomfield Iowa- appears to be unlicensed by both the USDA and state of Iowa.
  6. Jaclyn and Neil Schelling, Rolling S Puppies. Alton, Iowa- 13 adult dogs 

Breeders being used “under new management”

  1. Eli and Laura Schrock, Hillview Kennels.  Drakesvile Iowa- 24 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Stephen Schrock, Shady Lawn Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 25 adult breeding dogs. Has cancelled license in the past to escape violations, this changes USDA number often. 
  3. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 41 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Henry and Lisa Byler, Seymour Iowa- unable to access records. 
  5. Jeremy Rodgers, Daynes Ridge Kennel, Moravia Iowa – 23 adult breeding dogs.
  6. Eddie Gingerich, E and R Bulldogs. Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. There are over 40 USDA licensees in the town of Bloomfield, Iowa and all of them are Amish. To view more information on Amish puppy mills, click here
  7. Mark Yoder, Acorn Ridge. Bloomfield, Iowa- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. David Troyer, Breezy Crest Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 51 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Marvin and Rosemary Mullet, Clover Ridge Kennel LLC, Corydon, Iowa- 96 adult breeding dogs. Violations including:  kennels not impervious to moisture. 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. To view USDA photos, click here.
  10. Erwin Yoder, Yoder Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 45 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Fred Borntrager, Seymour Iowa- unable to access records. 
  13. Marvin Nisley, Seymour Iowa- 56 adult breeding dogs. 
  14. Edwin Stutzman, Walnut Ridge Kennels, Corydon Iowa- 65 adult breeding dogs 
  15. Elias H Mast, Shady Ridge Kennels. 39 adult breeding dogs 
  16. Joel Swartzentruber. Afton, Iowa- Appears to be unlicensed by both the USDA and state of Iowa.
  17. Melvin G Yoder, Seymour, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  18. Levi Yoder, Oak Ridge Kennels, Seymour Iowa- 54 adult breeding dogs
  19. Vernon and Joseph Troyer, Shadow Valley Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa – Was previously “Echo Valley Kennels” but has cancelled license and changed name several times. 85 adult breeding dogs.  To view USDA inspection photos and a list of violations, click here.
  20. Adin Lambright, Bloomfield Iowa- 23 adult breeding CATS with a history of violations including: cats with eye discharge and swelling of eyes. 
  21. Larry Yoder, Triple Y Kennel.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 14 adult breeding dogs. 
  22. Daniel Kauffman, Bloomfield, Iowa- unable to access records. 
  23. David and Anna Nisley, Cedar Grove Kennels. Drakesville, Iowa- 21 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- 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Mark and Gina Steffensmeier, MG Cattle Inc. Salem, Iowa- 214 adult breeding dogs and 179 puppies with violations including 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. To view inspection photos, click here.
  3. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 212 adult breeding dogs. To read more about the Kruse Puppy Mill Legacy in Iowa, click here
  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 and they are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General for having fraudulent businesses.
  5. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.
  6. Becky Busboom. Dannebrog, Nebraska (Dog Broker)- with a history of violations, including using pig medications on puppies. To view which puppy mills Busboom buys fromclick here.
  7. Carla and Garry Zumbach, Zumbach Yorkies- 177 adult breeding dogs. To view undercover footage of this facility, click here.
  8. Colleen Ries, Wishbone Kennels. Ryan, Iowa- 34 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- 91 adults 454 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.

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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.