Utah Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

©Bailing Out Benji 2021

All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and therefore 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 inherently false. 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. We are all committed to raising awareness about the puppy mill issue, particularly the connection to pet stores. 

So what is the truth? What is the public supposed to believe when the nice store owner and employees paint such a believable and beautiful picture? 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.

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. Bailing Out Benji obtains these records by requesting them from the Department of Agriculture, paying for them and then making them public. 

To make this easier, we will be breaking our article down by each pet store and connecting them to the various puppy mills they use. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook.

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the stores in Utah are sourcing from notorious dog broker JAKS Puppies and not directly from breeders themselves. 

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Make a donation or shop our store below to help our nonprofit continue our important work fighting puppy mills. 

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Cedar Pet Supply- 1233 Sage Dr, Ste F Cedar City, UT 84720
  1. Chester Williams and Debbie Williams. Greentop, Missouri- 253 adult breeding dogs and 66 puppies. This facility skipped their most recent USDA inspection and has not been inspected since 2019. 
  2. David Glick. Grovespring, Missouri- is not licensed by the USDA. 
  3. John Bontrager and Lizzie Bontrager. Clark, Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Jonathan Wagler, Waglers Kennel. West Union, Missouri- 86 adult breeding dogs and 49 puppies. 
  5. Judy Perez. Wheaton, Missouri- is not licensed by the USDA. 
  6. Kenneth Ray Stoll. Montgomery, Indiana- 24 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  7. Landon Headings. Buffalo, Missouri- 76 adult breeding dogs and 33 puppies. This facility skipped their most recent USDA inspection and has not been inspected since 2019. 
  8. Lawade Headings. Buffalo, Missouri- 14 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Mary Friend. Neosho, Missouri- is not USDA licensed. Illegally sells puppies to pet stores across the country. 
  10. Menno Miller (Address matches Lester W Troyer’s license). Clark, Missouri- 48 adult breeding dogs and 21 puppies. Their 2021 inspection had two notes including dogs not having proper ID and the floor in elevated kennels sagging. 
  11. Puppy Smart. Ortley Beach, New Jersey- This facility had their first and only inspection on Jan 31 2020 and then cancelled their USDA license.
  12. Ura Borntrager and Esther Borntrager. Macon, Missouri- is not licensed by the USDA. 
  13. Wilbert Packnett. Otterville, Missouri- is not licensed by the USDA. 

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Pet Planet- 11968 S. Redwood Rd. Riverton, Utah

  1. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 254 puppies .  JAKS is a dog broker that buys puppies from puppy mills and then resells them to pet stores. 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 recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country and is being sued by the Iowa Attorney General for Charity Fraud. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from click here.

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Puppy House-  875 W Red Cliffs Dr #7, Washington, UT 84780

  1. Pinnacle Pet . Neosho, Missouri-  72 puppies (notorious puppy broker) 

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Sue’s Pet Castle- 695 N Bluff St C, St. George, UT 84770

  1. Raymond Lawson, Clifton Hill, Missouri- 84 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Shelley and Lonnie Cox, Big Creek Kennel. Pocahontas, Arkansas- 192 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Dorothy and Leonard Audsley. Carrollton, Missouri- 51 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Deborah Warren, Misty Dew Kennels. Pierce City, Missouri- 149 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with severe accumulation of dental disease and excessively long toenails. To view USDA inspection photos click here. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. 
  5. Mary Smith, Salem Missouri- 88 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Shonda and Heath Madison, Cassville Missouri- 114 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  7. Rachel, Vicki and Virgel Davis , Davis Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 90 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: excessive bird feces on the tops of all of the kennel; dead and frozen dogs on the property, frozen water in bowls all over facility, dogs without veterinary care. This facility was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  8. Doug McFadin, Lebanon Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs.
  9. Mark Terrill, Timberline Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 43 adult breeding dogs.

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All of the stores below are owned by the same owner, David Salinas. Who also operates pet stores in California that are currently being investigated for using sham rescue organizations.

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The Puppy Store- 1055 W Red Cliffs Dr. Washington, Utah

  1. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 254 puppies .  JAKS is a dog broker that buys puppies from puppy mills and then resells them to pet stores. 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 recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country and is being sued by the Iowa Attorney General for Charity Fraud. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from click here.

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The Puppy Store Salt Lake City- 7211 Plaza Center Dr #160 . West Jordan, UT

  1. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 254 puppies .  JAKS is a dog broker that buys puppies from puppy mills and then resells them to pet stores. 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 recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country and is being sued by the Iowa Attorney General for Charity Fraud. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from click here.

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The Puppy Store Vineyard- 576 N Mill Rd. Vineyard, UT

  1. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 254 puppies .  JAKS is a dog broker that buys puppies from puppy mills and then resells them to pet stores. 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 recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country and is being sued by the Iowa Attorney General for Charity Fraud. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from click here.

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The Puppy Store- Saratoga. 1302 Redwood Road, Saratoga Springs, Utah

  1. Jolyn Noethe, JAKS Puppies, Britt Iowa – 254 puppies .  JAKS is a dog broker that buys puppies from puppy mills and then resells them to pet stores. 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 recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country and is being sued by the Iowa Attorney General for Charity Fraud. To see where JAKS Puppies buys their dogs from click here.

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©Bailing Out Benji 2021

** To those consumers that have bought a family member from any of the area puppy stores, and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to fill out the form below with any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from **

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