Virginia 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!

“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.

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. 


  1. 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 article down by each pet store and connecting them to the various puppy mills they use.

This research can be  extremely costly, please consider making a donation to help us continue exposing the puppy mill industry. Every dollar helps us!



My Next Puppy- 13991 Metrotech Dr, Chantilly, VA 20151

  1. Paul and Sheila Haag, Valley View Kennel and A Maze N Farmyard. Eden Valley- 528 adult breeding dogs, 510 puppies. They have previous violations including dogs walking with a limp without being seen by a vet. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  2. Michael Kauffman Jr, Conodoguinet Creek Kennel. Newburg, Pennsylvania- 49 puppies. 


Pauley’s Pups- 12100 Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005 

  1. Abe Miller. Lone Oak Kennel LLC AKA Comfort Canines. Fresno, Ohio- 285 adult breeding dogs. 


 Pet & Aquatic Warehouse- 2408 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Pet-Go-Round- 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy #1269, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 ; Pembroke Mall, 4554 VA-225, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

  1. Curt and Lori Conrad, Conrad’s Cuddly Canines, LLC. Frankford Missouri- 94 puppies. Conrad’s is a large-scale commercial puppy broker in Missouri that ships puppies all over the United States. Conrad’s Cuddly Canines sells over 5,000 puppies a year and reportedly grosses over $1,000,000 in sales.
  2. John and Sandy Blake, SanJon Kennel. Louisburg, Missouri- 87 puppies. To view a footage of the owners directly contradicting the statements made by pet stores, click here.
  3. Mike and Sharon West, Hillside Kennels. Unionville, Iowa- 63 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: filthy kennels and excessive feces buildup in and around the kennels. 


Pets-N-Pals-  1008 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401

Pets- N- Pals sources their puppies from breeders that operate in the largest puppy mill county in the country. To learn more, click here

  1. Ammon Yoder, Twin Creek Kennels. Baltic, Ohio- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Amos J Yoder, Baltic Ohio- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Atlee Raber, Baltic Ohio- 78 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Katie L Mast, Rainbow View Pets.  Millersburg, Ohio- 195 adult breeding dogs, 125 puppies


 Puppy City- 3343 Valley Pike, Winchester, VA 22602

  1. Michael Kauffman Jr, Conodoguinet Creek Kennel. Newburg, Pennsylvania- 49 puppies. 


Pups N Stuff- 4328 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 , 4330 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

  1.  Miriam, Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 74 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with ticks on eyelids, necks.
  2. Judy Maassen, J. Maassen Inc AKA Adorable Puppy. Rock Valley, Iowa – 309 adult breeding dogs and 139 puppies at the time of last inspection, with a history of violations including: admitting to shooting dogs as a routine form of euthanasia, swelling between toes from standing on hard wire cages, rusted wire and excessively chewed enclosures. This breeder has been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  3. Sherri Gillum, Lakeview Kennels. Unionville, Missouri- 58 adult dogs.


Family Pet Center- 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320 

  1. Patrick Fulton, Fulton Enterprises. Alden, Minnesota-  9 puppies. Changed names and USDA licensee count in 2010. Ships puppies to pet stores all over the country. For more information on Fulton Enterprises, click here.
  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 from, click here
  3. Danny Beuden, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma- Unable to access records. 
  4. Erwin Yoder, Yoders Kennels,  Bloomfield Iowa- 45 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Miriam, Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 74 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with ticks on eyelids, necks.
  6. Jason and Loretta Herschberger, Pin Oak Puppies. Tuscola, Illinois- 12 adult breeding dogs
  7. John and Kanoshia Schmucker, Maumee Bridge Puppies. New Haven, Indiana- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  8. Tom Petersen, Buffalo, Missouri- 57 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including dogs outside without wind/rain breaks and elevated kennels with holes in the flooring so big that dogs can fall through. 
  9. Samuel R Mast, Howling Hill Kennels.  Bloomfield, Iowa- 19 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Velma Schrock, Green Hills Cattery. Jamesport, Missouri- 30 adult breeding cats. To view USDA photos, click here
  11. Rudy Schwartz, La Plata Missouri- unable to access records. 
  12. Stephen (Steve) Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- 27 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Merle Schlabach, Sunny Brook Farm. Campbell Hill, Illinois- 35 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations, including dogs with severe dental disease, excessive matting and eye issues; as well as excessively rusted kennels. They were named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2015. 
  14. Larry Yoder, Triple Y Kennels. Bloomfield, Iowa- 14 adult breeding dogs.
  15. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron South Dakota- 149 adult breeding dogs and 71 puppies at the time of last inspection. Brule Creek has a history of violations including: flithy kennels, cobwebs, brown grime everywhere


Pets Plus Inc-  2610 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554

Pets Plus Inc lists many of the worst breeders below as “USDA Exempt” on their website and this is a false statement. 

  1. Donnie and Donna Shores, Puppy Love Kennels. Coalgate, Oklahoma- 401 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including kennels with excessive rust and wires poking into kennels. 
  2. Helen and Scott Ketelsen, Hull Iowa- 120 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Angie McDuffee and  Wanda Kretzman, Clearwater Kennel, doing business as:  AJ’s Angels Inc, Cushing Minnesota– 774 adult breeding dogs and 594 puppies. On March 2, 2015, the USDA filed a complaint against Clearwater Kennels for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act. A settlement agreement was reached and this agreement was signed by the judge on March 11, 2016. Prior, on March 9, 2016, Clearwater Kennels (owner Wanda Kretzman) cancelled its USDA license. Also on March 9, 2016, a USDA license was granted to AJ’s Angels to operate the kennel on the same property. The owner of AJ’s Angels is the daughter-in-law of Wanda Kretzman. They have a history of violations including: buying from non-USDA breeders with no paperwork.
  4. Delmar and Delores Wagler, Double D Kennels. Loogootee, Indiana- 85 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Tracey Lee, Moberly, Missouri- 22 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Nelson Wenger, Otterville Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Mark Landers, Promises Kept Kennels. Hartville, Missouri – 213 adult breeding dogs and 85 puppies.  To view USDA photos of this kennel, click here.
  8. Genny Nichol, Los Valley Kennel. Winona, Missouri- 40 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Tina and Danny Boyd, Stones Prairie Puppies. Mount Vernon, Missouri- 55 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Scott Swanson, S & J Kennel. Keota, Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Lester (Dean) Knepp, Indiana- 22 adult breeding dogs, 54 puppies. 
  12. Steven James Knepp, Montgomery, Indiana-23 adult breeding dogs. 
  13.  D.S. and B.E. Grotewold, Brad Grotewold; Grotewold Farm. Lake Mills, Iowa- 137 adult breeding dogs, down from 369 adults. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here.
  14. Jared Feldhaus, Howard, South Dakota- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. Annette Moeller, West Point Iowa- 28 adult breeding dogs and 113 puppies. down from 192 adult breeding dogs.
  16. Caroline Schulte, Tornado Alles Kennel.  Freeburg, Missouri- 163 adult breeding dogs, 75 puppies.
  17. Michael and Maria Beachy, Beach City Ohio- 33 adult breeding dogs. 
  18. Sara Hulshoff- Ireton, Iowa. 21 adult breeding dogs down from 81 adults with a history of violations including: wire floooring of cages are broken and pointed up, causing injury to the dogs and no records of having a veterinarian.
  19. Linda Baker, Okie Pets AKA Forever Friends. Kethchum (Afton) Oklahoma- 30 adult breeding dogs and 167 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with excessively long toenails, dogs with eye issues, dogs not examined by vets, dogs with severe matting, and cages too small for dogs to sit up, turn around and lie down in.
  20. Lela Hughes, Trenton Missouri- 14 adult breeding dogs. 
  21. AK Shepherd, Winslow Arkansas- 20 adult breeding dogs. 
  22. Petie and Leah Zook, James River Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 51 adult breeding dogs. 
  23. Robert and Darla Hilton, Broken Bow Oklahoma- 118 adult breeding dogs.
  24. Raymond and Clara Raber, Walter Hill Kennel. Baltic, Ohio- 94 adult breeding dogs and 63 puppies.
  25. Dorinda and Mark Schultz, Fredonia Kansas- 42 adult breeding dogs. 
  26. Diane and Hillis Shortt, Shady Oaks Kennel. Ava, Missouri-  23 adult breeding dogs, has a history of changing USDA numbers to hide from past violations. 
  27.  Kenneth, Kristina, and Linda Baker, Ken Lynn Kennel. Huggins, Missouri- 160 adult breeding dogs, 231 puppies with a history of violation including: dogs with ongoing skin issues that hadn’t been seen by a veterinarian. 
  28. Melvin Shirk, Latham Missouri- unable to access records 
  29. Marvin Troyer, Quarter Lane Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  30. Kathy Slobe, Verona Missouri- 125 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA inspections of this facility, click here.
  31. Joan Dale, Knox City, Missouri- 67 adult breeding dogs. 
  32. John Lambright, Straw Hat Kennel, Wisconsin- 33 adult breeding dogs. 
  33. James and Kathy Sanborn, Cherokee Oklahoma- 154 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA photos of their facility, click here. 


Petland Fairfax-  9404 Main St A, Fairfax, VA 22031- NOW CLOSED! Read the investigation here. 

  1. Abe Miller. Lone Oak Kennel LLC AKA Comfort Canines. Fresno, Ohio- 285 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Deborah Hubbard, Sparta Missouri- 22 puppies, with violations including: kennels are too small for number of puppies in them, dogs without health certificates, dogs without any identification. 
  3. Julie Snidow, Galt, Missouri-  171 adult breeding dogs
  4. Melinda Richards, Butler Missouri-  20 adult breeding cats. 
  5. Shelley Cox, Big Creek Kennel. Maynard, Arkansas- 204 adult breeding dogs
  6. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron South Dakota- 149 adult breeding dogs and 71 puppies at the time of last inspection. Brule Creek has a history of violations including: flithy kennels, cobwebs, brown grime everywhere
  7. Larry Albrecht, Coldwater Kennels. Green, Iowa- Latest USDA Count- 318 adult breeding dogs and 116 puppies with a long list of violations including sick and injured dogs with no vet care and dogs with excessive tartar buildup and dental disease. In these two undercover films, you can see how the adult parent dogs live. Please note, the videos are not easy to watch. You can watch them here and here.
  8. James Yoder, Taylor Ridge Kennels, Bloomfield Iowa- 32 adult breeding dogs. Newer USDA license and already has violations including: using expired medications on dogs and a severe fly problem on dogs. 
  9. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.
  10. Christina and Brandon Hillyard, Gale Whitaker; Whispering Oaks Kennel. Coffeyville, Kansas- 113 adults, 53 puppies with a history of violations including sharp tin poking into dog kennels, dogs with crusty eyes (untreated by vet), worn and chewed doors and walls, water and water bowls are covered in green algae with green water, and outdoor kennels are overgrown with weeds. To view undercover footage, click here. 

** We are still compiling data on more stores. Be patient with our progress! **

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©Bailing Out Benji 2019

** 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.