Wisconsin Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

CVI DATA

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2018

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 view the rest of our CVI data, click here. 

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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.

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

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that LC Pets has purchased from in 2017 and 2018

  1. Jason Wallander and Laura Walters, Grassy Holler Kennel. Summersville, Missouri- 29 adult breeding dogs. 
  2. Kathy Brown, Novinger, Missouri- 153 adult breeding dogs, 165 puppies with a history of violations including: wet and muddy dogs, dogs standing in water, inadequate shelter for dogs, surfaces covered in algae, and dirty water/food receptacles. To view USDA inspection photos, click here. 
  3. Melinda Richards, Butler, Missouri- 20 adult cats. 
  4. Kim Coleman, TLC Kennels, Clinton Missouri- Auctioned off all of her dogs at an auction. Prior to that had 193 adult breeding dogs and 52 puppies. A History of violations including: Puppies found entrapped in wire flooring; white dogs appeared brown due to soiling with mud and feces, Bloodied poodle found lying on her side, unable to rise; strong odors of urine and feces.  One of the repeat offenders on the Horrible Hundred Puppy Mill List. To view USDA inspection photos from this kennel ,click here.
  5. Phil Hoover, Show Me Puppies.  Memphis, Missouri- 396 adult breeding dogs and 181 puppies.
  6. Brittani and Jesse Hedgpeth, Empire Pets. Iberia, Missouri- 21 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Deborah Hubbard, Sparta Missouri- 22 puppies. 
  8. Becky Daniels, Little Buffalo River Cocker Spaniels.  Jasper Arkansas- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  9. Gealea Nichols and Michelle Kruse, T&M Ent, Donnellson, Iowa- 91 adult breeding dogs and 454 puppies with a history of violations including: dogs in small kennels, puppies feet passing through the floor of kennels, dogs standing in water and excessive feces. 
  10. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron, Iowa-  149 adults, 71 puppies. 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. 

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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 and 2018

  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. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Puppy Broker with 196 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- 133 puppies. 
  4. 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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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 and 2018

  1. Dustin Westercamp Farmington Iowa –  73 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 
  2. Ivan Troyer, Stoney Creek Kennel, Bloomfield Iowa- 41 adult breeding dogs. 
  3. Judy Raney, Raney’s Royal Dogs. Liberty, Kansas- 69 adult breeding dogs. 
  4. Eli and Laura Schrock, Hillview Kennels. Drakesvile, Iowa- 24 adult breeding dogs.
  5. 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. 
  6. Becky and EthanDaniels, Little Buffalo River Cocker Spaniels.  Jasper Arkansas- 50 adult breeding dogs. 
  7. Darrell W Knepp, Montgomery Indiana- 19 adult breeding dogs.
  8. Melvin Yoder, Pondview Kennels. Greentop, Missouri- 28 adult breeding dogs To view USDA photos, click here.
  9. Herman (Tony) Schindler, QD Kennels, Frankford Missouri- 133 puppies. 
  10. Dee Cowan, Oronogo Missouri- 37 adult breeding dogs. 
  11. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy, Willowbrook Cavaliers.  Quapaw, Oklahoma 86 adult breeding dogs.  To view USDA inspection photos of this facility, click here and here.
  12. Midwest Newfoundland Kennel, Cincinnati Iowa – 27 adults, but violations with filthy kennels including rat feces in the kennels.
  13. 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. 
  14. Judy Speak Miller, Monark Puppies.  Neosho Missouri-. 68 adult breeding dogs. 
  15. 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.  To view USDA photos (beware, they are graphic) click here. This breeder has also been named as one of the worst puppy mills in the entire country. 
  16. Amos Yoder, Skyline Kennels. St. Charles, Minnesota- 111 adult breeding dogs and 89 puppies.
  17. 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.
  18. Charles Feldmann. Sheldon, Missouri- 111 adult breeding dogs and 105 puppies. To view USDA inspection photos, click here.
  19. Ken, Abby and SYDNEY Anderson, Sugarfork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri-  147 adult breeding dogs and 160 puppies. They had a recent violation of an excessively thin dog observed to have white gums who hadn’t been seen by a veterinarian. 
  20. Stacie Stutesman,  Eldorado Springs, Missouri-  97 adult breeding dogs.
  21. Bill Harvill , Stark City, Missouri- unable to find information. 
  22. Becky and David Flanders, Coffeyville Oklahoma- 67 adult breeding dogs. 
  23. Nick Jones, Jenks, Oklahoma- unable to find a license. 

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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- 

According to the CVI reports that we have obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, these are some of the breeders that Puppy World has purchased from in 2017 and 2018

  1. Vernon Shetler- Utica, Minnesota-  UNLICENSED BREEDER in Minnesota. 
  2. David D Yoder Jr., Utica Minnesota- 42 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. 
  3. Leroy D Yoder, Pleasant View Kennels. Saint Charles, Minnesota- 76 adult breeding dogs, 142 puppies. 
  4. 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.
  5. Jerry and JoAnne Nelson, Trailane Kennels- Soldier Kansas. 262 adult breeding dogs and 72 puppies with a history of violations including: Excessively chewed/rusty kennels. They also test on dogs. To view that, click here.
  6. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC, Frankford MO – Puppy Broker with 196 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. 
  7. Rudy Miller, St. Charles Minnesota- Cannot find a license. 
  8. Elmer Yoder, Utica Minnesota- Cannot find a license. 

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** Please note** We just requested the latest CVI data on Wisconsin pet stores and will update this list when we can. 

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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 2018

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!