Washington Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection


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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.

“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. 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.

  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. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook.


Fairwood Pet Center- 14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd, Renton, WA 98058

  1. Karen Highland, Rocky Ridge Kennels. Milan, Missouri- 81 adult breeding dogs and 81 puppies. 
  2. Sherrye Swenson. Backus, Minnesota- 45 adult breeding dogs and 23 puppies. 
  3. Gaynetta Snyder and Scott Wheatcraft, Precious Paws. Browning, Missouri- 123 adult breeding dogs and 82 puppies. 
  4. Ida Lewis, Ida’s Toy Box. Graham, Washington- 154 adult breeding dogs and 63 puppies. Lewis received a direct violation in 2019 for having a puppy who’s right rear leg that was missing. The licensee stated that the dam had chewed off that portion of the leg shortly after birth; however, it was not discovered immediately. According to the attending veterinarian, the licensee contacted her by phone. However, as the licensee stated the leg was not bleeding and did not appear painful, there was no treatment provided nor was the puppy physically seen by the veterinarian. The licensee was required to have the puppy examined by the attending veterinarian by 8/30/19. Subsequent to this exam, the puppy began having seizures and was euthanized on 9/4/19. Numerous dogs were also noted as having extreme tartar and brown buildup on their teeth; Building 1 for the whelping dogs and puppies had the strong odor of ammonia present. Although the building has a ventilation system, the area around the filter was rusted, and the filter needed replacement; and Five dogs that were housed in the outdoor facility died during the period 12/19/18 to 2/15/19. The licensee stated the dogs had died due to severe cold weather conditions.


Farmland Pets and Feed – 9000 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

  1. Sharon Monk, BJ’s & Guys. Menlo, Kansas- 580 adult breeding dogs and 283 puppies.  Not only are they a very large scale puppy mill, but they have a history of violations including too many dogs in cages, and structurally unsound cages. They were also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country .


Pocket Puppy- 31001 NE 139th St, Duvall, WA 98019

  1. Sharon Monk, BJ’s & Guys. Menlo, Kansas- 580 adult breeding dogs and 283 puppies.  Not only are they a very large scale puppy mill, but they have a history of violations including too many dogs in cages, and structurally unsound cages. They were also named one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country .


Puppyland Puyallup-  13103 Meridian E Suite #104, Puyallup, WA 98373

Renton- 54 Rainier Ave S Renton, WA 98057

Olympia- 2615 Capital Mall Drive A1 Olympia , WA 98502- CLOSED 

  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. Lucas and Rhoda Miller. Shipshewana, Indiana- does not appear to be USDA licensed.
  3. Francis and Margaret Wagler. Loogootee, Indiana- 36 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 
  4. Mike Decker, MJ Kennels. Cherokee, Iowa : 110  adult breeding dogs and 97 puppies. 
  5. Angie McDuffee and Wanda Kretzman, Clearwater Kennel, doing business as: AJ’s Angels Inc. Cushing, Minnesota– 758 adult breeding dogs 509 puppies at their last known inspection. On March 2, 2015, the USDA filed a complaint against Clearwater Kennels for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  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. This facility has also been named one of the worst puppy mills in the country… twice
  6. Gary and Victoria Simmons. Amity, Missouri-  54 adult breeding dogs and 50 puppies. 
  7. Lester W Troyer and Martha Troyer. Clark, Missouri-  76 adult breeding dogs and 52 puppies. 
  8. John Lambright, Straw Hat Kennel. Hillsboro, Wisconsin.  33 adult breeding dogs and 33 puppies. 


For more ways you can help the dogs trapped in puppy mills , click here.

For more information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji and our local Washington team page at Puppy Mill Free Washington. We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

©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.