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!
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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.

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:

  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.
  2. Many breeders also sell to dealers, such as Choice Puppies (formerly known as Hunte Corporation) in Missouri, J.A.K.’s Puppies, Inc. in Iowa or Nebraskaland Pets, Inc. in Nebraska, who, in turn, re-sell the animals to pet stores throughout the United States. You will see that some of the breeders below are also dealers and buy puppies from other breeders and re-sell to pet stores.

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!

 

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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. 

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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. 

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 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- 209 adult breeding dogs. To read more about the Kruse Puppy Mill Legacy in Iowa, click here.

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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.
  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- 61 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: filthy kennels and excessive feces buildup in and around the kennels

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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- 9 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Amos J Yoder, Baltic Ohio- 25 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Atlee Raber, Baltic Ohio- 61 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Rainbow View Pets, Millersburg Ohio- unable to access records.

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 Puppy City- 3343 Valley Pike, Winchester, VA 22602

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

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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- 62 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with bad teeth/mats. Build up of dirt and feces, sharp points sticking into kennels.
  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- Unionville, Missouri.  54 adult dogs, 30 puppies

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

  1. Patrick Fulton, Alden, Minnesota-  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- 39 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Miriam, Catherine and Emanuel Nisley, Cathy’s Kennel- 62 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: Dogs with bad teeth/mats. Build up of dirt and feces, sharp points sticking into kennels.
  6. Jason and Loretta Herschberger, Pin Oak Puppies. Tuscola, Illinois- 19 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- 26 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: severe feces, oil and dirt build up under elevated dog cages.
  10. Velma Schrock, Green Hills Cattery. Jamesport, Missouri- 30 adult breeding cats. 
  11. Rudy Schwartz, La Plata Missouri- unable to access records. 
  12. Stephen (Steve) Raber. Montgomery, Indiana- 21 adult breeding dogs.
  13. Merle Schlabach, Sunny Brook Farm. Campbell Hill, Illinois- 20 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 with violations including having excessive rat feces in the dog kennels and buildings with no safe plan for rodent removal. 
  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

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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- 129 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Angie McDuffee and  Wanda Kretzman, Clearwater Kennel, doing business as:  AJ’s Angels Inc, Cushing Minnesota– 648 adult breeding dogs. 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- 48 adult breeding dogs. 
  5. Tracey Lee, Moberly, Missouri- 19 adult breeding dogs. 
  6. Nelson Wenger, Otterville Missouri- 15 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Mark Landers, Promises Kept Kennels. Hartville Missouri – 224 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with blood on their necks, outdoor dogs without adequate bedding, broken wire poking into kennels, etc. To view USDA photos of this kennel, click here.
  8. Genny Nichol, Los Valley Kennel. Winona, Missouri- 38 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Tina and Danny Boyd, Stones Prairie Puppies. Mount Vernon, Missouri- 18 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Scott Swanson, S & J Kennel. Keota, Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Lester (Dean) Knepp, Indiana- unable to access records. 
  12. Steven James Knepp, Montgomery, Indiana- 69 adult breeding dogs
  13.  D.S. and B.E. Grotewold, Brad Grotewold; Grotewold Farm. Lake Mills, Iowa- 181 adult breeding dogs, down from 369, Grotewold has had a history of violations including: excessive accumulation of feces, severely rusted cages and floors, and chewed up kennels. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here.
  14. David Zook- unable to access records. 
  15. Jared Feldhaus, Howard, South Dakota- 13 adult breeding dogs. 
  16. Annette Moeller, West Point Iowa- 192 adult breeding dogs. Moeller runs a puppy mill in the worst county in Iowa. To read more about the county, click here.
  17. Caroline Schulte, Tornado Alles Kennel.  Freeburg, Missouri- 124 adult breeding dogs, 100 puppies at the time of last inspection with a history of violations including: Heavily matted eyes; When mats were removed dog squints and blinks. Eye is red; No bedding for outdoor shelter.
  18. Michael and Maria Beachy, Beach City Ohio- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  19. Sara Hulshoff- Ireton, Iowa. 81 adult breeding dogs 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Betty Yoder- “exempt” 
  22. Lela Hughes, Trenton Missouri- 12 adult breeding dogs. 
  23. AK Shepherd, Winslow Arkansas- 41 adult breeding dogs. 
  24. Petie and Leah Zook, James River Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- 59 adult breeding dogs. 
  25. Robert and Darla Hilton, Broken Bow Oklahoma- 118 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including  Horse cattle medications used on dogs,  Chain link divider lifted out of ground and twisted, Dirty caked grime accumulations in enclosures
  26. Raymond and Clara Raber, Walter Hill Kennel. Baltic, Ohio- 86 adult breeding dogs and 86 puppies at time of last visible inspection
  27. Dorinda and Mark Schultz, Fredonia Kansas- 52 adult breeding dogs. 
  28. Diane and Hillis Shortt, Shady Oaks Kennel. Ava, Missouri- has a history of changing USDA numbers to hide from past violations. 
  29.  Kenneth, Kristina, and Linda Baker, Ken Lynn Kennel. Huggins, Missouri- 254 adult breeding dogs, 98 puppies with a history of violation including: dogs with severe dental disease and dogs with severe matting
  30. Melvin Shirk, Latham Missouri- unable to access records 
  31. Marvin Troyer, Quarter Lane Kennel. Bloomfield, Iowa- 30 adult breeding dogs. 
  32. Kathy Slobe, Verona Missouri- 116 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including having dogs with severe dental disease. To view USDA inspections of this facility, click here.
  33. Joan Dale, Knox City, Missouri- 76 adult breeding dogs. 
  34. John Lambright, Straw Hat Kennel, Wisconsin- unable to access records 
  35. James and Kathy Sanborn, Cherokee Oklahoma- 154 adult breeding dogs. To view USDA photos of their facility, click here. 

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Petland Fairfax-  9404 Main St A, Fairfax, VA 22031

  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.