Wisconsin Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2017

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.

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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 Wisconsin

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.

-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. We will attach the CVI data as we have obtained it from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and we will make note of dog counts and any known violations from the breeders themselves. Sadly, since the USDA took down their public inspection reports, we are unable to attach screenshots of those as well. ALL OF THESE CVI REPORTS ARE FROM 2017, unless otherwise noted, and we have copies of them on hand. Below, you are seeing notes of the reports. For any questions regarding the information presented below, please visit us on facebook.

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Pic-A-Pet 2421 WI-25 , Menomonie, Wisconsin-

This report came from the store showing one of our volunteers the USDA form. 

  1. Jean Secraw, Silver Linings Kennel (also owns Pic A Pet)Colfax, Wisconsin – has 45 adult breeding dogs that all live on hard wire kennels their entire lives. They previously opposed legislation that would increase to the primary enclosure size for dogs in commercial kennels. They (and others) claimed it would force many kennels to tear down and re-build good kennels and is cost prohibitive.

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Petland Janesville- 2021 Humes Rd, Janesville, Wisconsin- 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Janesville has purchased from in 2017. 

  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.

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Petland Racine- 2310 S Green Bay Road Wisconsin- 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Petland Racine has purchased from in 2017. 

  1. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  79 adult breeding dogs.
  2. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Judy Raney, Raney’s Royal Dogs. Liberty, Kansas- 58 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs on small, exposed wire that feet can pass through, dogs that have skin issues but haven’t been seen by a vet, kennels that have jagged edges poking in at dogs, excessive feces in kennels. 
  4. Eli and Laura Schrock, Drakesvile Iowa- 21 adult breeding dogs. New licensee
  5. 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. 
  6. Becky and Ethan Daniels, Little Buffalo River Cocker Spaniels- 39 adult breeding dogs, with a history of violations including: excessive feces and rusty kennels. 
  7. Darrell Knepp, Montgomery Indiana- 15 adult breeding dogs with violations including not having proper documentation on dogs or puppies. 
  8. Pondview Kennels, Greentop Missouri- 26 adult breeding dogs but each of them, including the puppies, have been covered in fleas at several inspections without the licensee doing anything about it. To view USDA photos, click here.
  9. Steve and Sue Steele, Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa- 497 adult breeding dogs. 

    Heritage Puppies sells over 5,000 puppies a year and reportedly grosses over $1,000,000 in sales.

    ** Please note** We are still doing CVI research and will update the reports as we obtain the data. 

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    There you have it. Some of the most popular pet stores in Wisconsin and the puppy mills they buy from! 

    If there is a pet store selling puppies near you RUN- don’t walk away! Our favorite thing to say is “Puppies in the Store, Walk out the Door” because pet store puppies ARE puppy mill puppies. Don’t buy the lies. No matter what the pet store tries to sell you.

    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 . We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

    You can also send an email to bailingoutbenji@gmail.com. 

    ©Bailing Out Benji 2017

    All research and information was done by the volunteer team at Bailing Out Benji and must be cited as such when shared or quoted.

    ** 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 PM any questions or paperwork that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from. And give them an extra treat tonight! Contact us at :  bailingoutbenji@gmail.com