Wisconsin Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2020

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, 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. To learn more about the puppy mills in your location, you can also go to our interactive website and search engine

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.

To make this easier, we will be breaking our research down alphabetically by each pet store and connecting them to the various puppy mills they use. All of this information has come from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture (DATCP) and the USDA. All of the breeders listed as associated with the pet stores sold puppies or kittens to them in the years 2020, 2019 and 2018. 

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

*Please note*  CVI records are required when animals cross state lines. Puppies sourced from puppy mills within the state of Wisconsin aren’t reflected below as those sales are not tracked by the government.

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Corner’s Pet Grooming: 5430 108th St,  Hales Corners, WI 53130

  1. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills Iowa- 358 adult breeding dogs and 130 puppies with a history of violations including numerous breeding dogs with eye illnesses that hadn’t been noticed or treated by a veterinarian.

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LC Pets LLC-   540 Hartbrook Dr suite c, Hartland, WI 53029

  1. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 91 adult breeding dogs and 454 puppies.
  2. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron, Iowa-  87 adults, 67 puppies (down from 149 adults). They are licensed in South Dakota, although their address is in Iowa. They have a history of violations including excessive cobwebs and brown grime all over the walls. 
  3. Debra Pratt, Hakuna Matata Transports. New Sharon, Iowa- Former Horrible Hundred puppy mill owner who had her breeding license revoked, turned transport company. Pratt had 19 pages of USDA violations and auctioned off all of her dogs, many of whom were sick with brucellosis. Now Pratt houses dozens of puppies in her facility before they are transported to pet stores. 
  4. Judy and John Maassen, J. Maassen Inc AKA Adorable Puppy. Rock Valley, Iowa – 235 adult breeding dogs and 149 puppies (down from 309 adults) . Maassen has changed USDA license numbers in an effort to hide from their 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. 
  5. Valente Rios, Rios Kennel. Galt, Missouri- 281 adult breeding dogs and 143 puppies, with a history of violations including: excessively thin dogs (could see hips and ribs, dogs so matted they are unable to poop, dogs with feces stuck in fur, dogs with injuries, sharp points on dog food bowls, kennels unsafe and many, many more.  Rios was also listed as one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country in 2013. 
  6. Becky Franks, Guy Franks, and Kimberly Parsons: First Class Puppies. Antlers Oklahoma- Cancelled former USDA license and started a new one after a long history of violations. This breeder has violations including: dogs without identification, dogs with eye injuries/illnesses. The conditions were so bad the licensee stopped the inspection and wanted to cancel the license right there. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  7. Jim Klinkhammer. Howard, South Dakota- does not appear to be USDA licensed but sells puppies to LC pets. 

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Petland Janesville- 2021 Humes Rd, Janesville, Wisconsin- 

  1. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills Iowa- 358 adult breeding dogs and 130 puppies with a history of violations including numerous breeding dogs with eye illnesses that hadn’t been noticed or treated by a veterinarian.
  2. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Puppy Broker that houses hundreds of puppies and was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2019. The state of Missouri found that 35 puppies had died during a six month period, many of those died of Parvo and were not taken to the vet. 
  3. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. QD Kennels also runs QD transports. 
  4. David D Yoder Jr., Utica Minnesota- 32 adult breeding dogs. HOWEVER. David Yoder Senior (Windy Acres Kennels) recently cancelled his USDA license that was on the same property. David Yoder Senior had several violations including: so much feces in kennels the dogs couldn’t walk without stepping in it (this included kennels with moms and puppies), no exercise plan for the dogs in the kennels, dogs with missing ears (and no vet care), and notes of dogs dying in dog fights. David Yoder Jr is breeding the same dogs, in the same kennels at the same address. 

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Petland Racine- 2310 S Green Bay Road Wisconsin- 

  1. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills Iowa- 358 adult breeding dogs and 130 puppies with a history of violations including numerous breeding dogs with eye illnesses that hadn’t been noticed or treated by a veterinarian.
  2. Mike and Sharon West, Hillside Kennels. Unionville, Iowa- 61 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies, with a history of violations including: filthy kennels and excessive feces buildup in and around the kennels.
  3. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  90 adult breeding dogs and 22 puppies. Westercamp has violations including: not having information on 45 dogs on their property and using cattle panels in their outdoor kennels, allowing the dogs’ heads to be stuck. 
  4. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs, 159 puppies.
  5. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana– 148 puppies. This puppy mill was also named one of the worst in the nation due to a huge campylobacter outbreak in Petland stores. To learn more about Blue Ribbon Puppies, click here
  6. Integrity Farms. Odon, Indiana- 28 adult breeding dogs.
  7. Jesse and Jolene Troyer, Puppy Playland. Shipshewana, Indiana- 61 adult breeding dogs and 55 puppies. 
  8. Dorene Yoder. Shipshewana, Indiana- 35 adult breeding dogs and 38 puppies.
  9. Judy Raney, Raney’s Royal Dogs. Liberty, Kansas- 59 adult breeding dogs, 31 puppies. 
  10. Audrey Rottinghaus, Wendy Pets. Seneca, Kansas- 64 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: dogs with open untreated wounds, dogs with severe dental disease and food receptacles are jagged and full of brown grime. This breeder has also been named as one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  11. Amos Yoder, Skyline Kennels. St. Charles, Minnesota- 91 adult breeding dogs and 72 puppies
  12. Becky and Ethan Daniels, Little Buffalo River Cocker Spaniels.  Jasper Arkansas- 48 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies, with a history of violations including: excessive feces in the kennels to the point where dogs couldn’t avoid walking in it; extreme odor of fecal matter on the property; many missed inspections; pet food not properly stored and was surrounded by flies; wood in kennels had deep claw and bite marks, which was unable to be cleaned or sanitized; not providing veterinary care to dogs. 
  13. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy, Willowbrook Cavaliers.  Quapaw, Oklahoma 53 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies.  Has cancelled their license numerous times in an attempt to hide from violations.
  14. Becky and David Flanders, Coffeyville Oklahoma- 79 adult breeding dogs and 8 puppies. 
  15. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- Puppy broker 126 puppies at the time of last inspection. QD Kennels also runs QD transports. 
  16. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Puppy Broker that houses hundreds of puppies and was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2019. The state of Missouri found that 35 puppies had died during a six month period, many of those died of Parvo and were not taken to the vet. 
  17. Dee Cowan, Oronogo Missouri- 48 adult breeding dogs, 20 puppies. Has a history of changing their USDA license and missed inspections.
  18. Judy Speak Miller, Monark Puppies.  Neosho Missouri-. 68 adult breeding dogs and 69 puppies. 
  19. Charles Feldmann. Sheldon, Missouri- 121 adult breeding dogs and 92 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs with extremely matted back ends and feces stuck in the fur; loose stool all over the kennels; filthy and chewed up wood in kennels, which were unable to be cleaned/sanitized; excessive accumulations of dust, cobwebs and bird droppings; dogs bowls excessively chewed and unable to be sanitized; and bird droppings inside of the feeders. 
  20. Ken, Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri-  147 adult breeding dogs and 160 puppies. With violations of an excessively thin dog observed to have white gums who hadn’t been seen by a veterinarian. This breeder has recently cancelled their license and started a new one under “Arrow Valley LLC” and they now have 174 adult breeding dogs and 126 puppies
  21. Stacie Stutesman,  Eldorado Springs, Missouri-  97 adult breeding dogs and 36 puppies. Has changed USDA license number. 
  22. Billy Harvill , Stark City, Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs, 9 puppies. 
  23. Kallie and Josh Bateman, “Bateman Diversified”, Puppy Travelers Transport. Neosho, Missouri- This company transports puppies to Florida under many different names and they were recently named one of the worst puppy mills in the country due to their transport practices. In February 2018, 24 puppies were seized from a Puppy Travelers transport van outside a Petland store in Fort Myers, Florida. The puppies were found with “urine, feces and no water” in their cages, according to news sources, and many of them were sick. This transporter was named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. To view the entire report, click here.
  24. Kelly and Steven Jones, Showme Pets. Oronogo, Missouri- 51 adult breeding dogs with Missouri state violations including: operating with an expired license; missed inspections; and housing dogs in an unlicensed location for breeding. 
  25. Allison Hegdpeth, Lonewolf Kennels and  Dog Mother Rescue Society. Iberia, Missouri- 32 adult breeding dogs. Hedgpeth was also outed as running a sham rescue organization to sell puppies in pet stores that legally cannot buy from commercial breeders. To view USDA photos of this facility, click here. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country. 
  26. Brittani and Jesse Hedgpeth, Empire Pets. Iberia, Missouri- 23 adult breeding dogs. 
  27. Brandon Russow, Russow Ranch. Odessa, Missouri- 56 adult breeding dogs and 28 puppies
  28. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws. Neosho, Missouri- 42 adult breeding dogs, 26 puppies. Has changed their USDA license number several times. 
  29. Robert Johnson, Johnson’s Precious Cargo. Neosho, Missouri- is an unlicensed transport company that brings dogs into WI pet stores.

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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 -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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Puppy World- 4643 S 27th St, Greenfield (Milwaukee), Wisconsin- 

  1. David D Yoder Jr., Utica Minnesota- 32 adult breeding dogs. HOWEVER. David Yoder Senior (Windy Acres Kennels) recently cancelled his USDA license that was on the same property. David Yoder Senior had several violations including: so much feces in kennels the dogs couldn’t walk without stepping in it (this included kennels with moms and puppies), no exercise plan for the dogs in the kennels, dogs with missing ears (and no vet care), and notes of dogs dying in dog fights. David Yoder Jr is breeding the same dogs, in the same kennels at the same address. 
  2. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills Iowa- 358 adult breeding dogs and 130 puppies with a history of violations including numerous breeding dogs with eye illnesses that hadn’t been noticed or treated by a veterinarian.
  3. Jerry and JoAnne Nelson, Trailane Kennels- Soldier Kansas. 271 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies.
  4. Elmer Yoder, Utica Minnesota- Does not hold a USDA license.

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Tiny Tykes- 2661 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

  1. Jesse Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 63 adult breeding dogs and 21 puppies with recent violations including: inadequate identification on dogs; and puppies having access to kennels where their paws could paws through the holes in the flooring. 

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There are many other pet stores in Wisconsin selling puppies including:  Animart, Doyle’s Farm, Furry Babies, Lil Pets and Preppy Pups. We don’t currently have record of where they source their puppies from. If you bought a puppy from a pet store and want to know more about where it came from, fill out the form below and one of our volunteers will get back to you!

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©Bailing Out Benji 2020

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 fill out the form below and we will help you track down where your puppy was born! 

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