Wisconsin Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection

 

 ©Bailing Out Benji 2021

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 2021, 2020, and 2019. 

*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.

 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

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 Corner’s Pet Grooming AKA Prom’s Pets: 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.
  2. David J Nisley. Westby, Wisconsin- 160 adult breeding dogs and 140 puppies. 

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

  1. Brian Lichirie, Michele Kruse and Gealea Nichols. T&M Enterprises. West Point, Iowa- 84 adult breeding dogs and 434 puppies.
  2. Cynthia and James Hayes, Brule Creek Kennels. Akron, Iowa-  87 adults and 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 – 208 adult breeding dogs and 71 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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Lil’ Pets- 23 Park Ridge Dr #1b, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Information obtained from state inspection reports.

  1. Aaron Hostetler and Barbara Hostetler. Stetsonville, Wisconsin- 51 adult breeding dogs and 54 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the nation. 

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Petland Janesville- 2021 Humes Rd, Janesville, Wisconsin- 

  1. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills, Iowa- 382 adult breeding dogs and 146 puppies.
  2. Tiffany Kurz, Tiffanie’s LLC. Frankford, Missouri – 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 68 puppies at the time of last inspection. QD Kennels also runs QD transports. 

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Petland Racine- 2310 S Green Bay Road Wisconsin- 

  1. Abby Anderson and family, Arrow Valley LLC FKA Sugar Fork Kennels. Goodman, Missouri- This facility had 157 adult breeding dogs and 163 puppies at their May 2021 inspection. Under their old license number and name (Sugar Fork Kennels), this facility had a direct violation due to an inspector finding an extremely thin adult breeding dog with very prominent hips and spine, as well as white gums. The dog had not been seen by a veterinarian. In order to hide this violation, they changed license numbers and names. 
  2. Becky and Ethan Daniels, Little Buffalo River Cocker Spaniels.  Jasper Arkansas- 48 adult breeding dogs and 26 puppies. This facility has 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. 
  3. Becky and David Flanders, Coffeyville Oklahoma- 110 adult breeding dogs and 33 puppies
  4. Bill Harvill , Stark City, Missouri- 39 adult breeding dogs and 9 puppies. 
  5. Brandon Russow, Russow Ranch. Odessa, Missouri- 56 adult breeding dogs and 28 puppies. 
  6. Dee Cowan, Oronogo Missouri- 48 adult breeding dogs and 20 puppies. Has a history of changing their USDA license and missed inspections.
  7. Dorene Yoder. Shipshewana, Indiana- 35 adult breeding dogs and 38 puppies.
  8. 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. 
  9. Brittani and Jesse Hedgpeth, Empire Pets. Iberia, Missouri- 31 adult breeding dogs. 
  10. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills, Iowa- 382 adult breeding dogs and 146 puppies.
  11. 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.
  12. Delmar Wagler, Integrity Farms. Odon, Indiana- 28 adult breeding dogs and 21 puppies.
  13. Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels Inc, doing business as Kruse Farm Enterprises Inc. Salem, Iowa- 220 adult breeding dogs and 159 puppies.
  14. Jesse and Jolene Troyer, Puppy Playland. Shipshewana, Indiana- 70 adult breeding dogs and 46 puppies. 
  15. Judy Speak Miller, Monark Puppies.  Neosho Missouri-.66 adult breeding dogs and 44 puppies. 
  16. Judy Raney, Raney’s Royal Dogs. Liberty, Kansas- 63 adult breeding dogs and 27 puppies. 
  17. Levi Graber, Blue Ribbon Puppies. Odon,  Indiana– 108 puppies. This puppy mill broker 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
  18. Allison Hegdpeth, Lonewolf Kennels and  Dog Mother Rescue Society. Iberia, Missouri-. Hedgpeth is a dog broker who was  outed as running a sham rescue organization to sell puppies in pet stores that legally cannot buy from commercial breeders. This breeder was also named one of the worst puppy mills in the country twice
  19. Monica Sheeley, Premium Paws AKA Southpaw Pets. Neosho, Missouri- 140 puppies. Has changed their USDA license number several times. 
  20. Stacie Stutesman, ShowMe Puppies.  Eldorado Springs, Missouri-  84 adult breeding dogs and 90 puppies. Has changed USDA license number. 
  21. Kelly and Steven Jones, Showme Pets. Oronogo, Missouri- 84 adult breeding dogs and 40 puppies. This facility has violations on the state level including: operating with an expired license; missed inspections; and housing dogs in an unlicensed location for breeding. 
  22. Terri Schneiders and Johanna Abernathy, Willowbrook Cavaliers.  Quapaw, Oklahoma- 53 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies.  This facility has cancelled their license numerous times in an attempt to hide from violations.
  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 twice

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The Pet Supply- 309 Railroad St, Wonewoc, WI 53968

  1. Jane E Fry, KD Kennels (Also owns The Pet Supply). Wonewoc, Wisconsin- 40 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. This facility has state violations that include not cleaning the kennels at least once a week. 

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

  1. Jean Secraw, Silver Linings Kennel (owns Pic-A-Pet) Colfax, Wisconsin – 60 adult breeding dogs and 19 puppies. 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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Preppy Pups- 8302 W Lincoln Ave, West Allis, WI 53219

  1. Terri Gellin, Deer Haven Kennel LLC. Clintonville, Wisconsin- 129 adult breeding dogs and 105 puppies. The owner of the facility denied the state inspectors access during their 2019 inspection. During the follow up inspection, many violations were noted including: dogs with excessively long nails; dirty kennels that aren’t clean/sanitized; lack of record keeping. 

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

    1. Steven Steele, Heritage Puppies.  Lake Mills, Iowa- 382 adult breeding dogs and 146 puppies.
    2. Jerry and JoAnne Nelson, Trailane Kennels- Soldier Kansas. 271 adult breeding dogs and 80 puppies.
    3. Leroy D Yoder, Pleasant View LLC. Utica, Minnesota- 73 adult breeding dogs and 116 puppies. 
    4. Eli W Hochstetler. Utica, Minnesota- is not USDA licensed.
    5. Esther Schlueter, El Ranchito Pets Inc. Cazenovia, Wisconsin- 19 adult breeding dogs and 14 puppies. This facility was written up by the USDA for failure to provide 6 inches of extra space for the puppies. The inspector noted the facility only gave the animals 3 inches of space above their heads. 

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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. 
  2. Andrew Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- 51 adult breeding dogs and 25 puppies. 

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The following Wisconsin breeding facilities documented on their state inspection reports that they are selling wholesale to pet stores within  the state. At this time, we have not connected them to a particular store. 

  1. David J Nisley. Westby, Wisconsin- 160 adult breeding dogs and 140 puppies. 
  2. Amos Allgyer. Platteville, Wisconsin- 26 adult breeding dogs and 68 puppies. This facility was named one of the worst puppy mills in the country in 2021. 

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There are many other pet stores in Wisconsin selling puppies including:  Animart and Doyle’s Farm. 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 2021

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! 

 

We are a small nonprofit organization that makes big changes with very few resources. Our research is used by the leading animal welfare organizations across the country, because what we do is so unique and important.  To make a one time donation or to sign up to be a sustaining supporter to allow us to continue our various programs that expose the puppy mill industry, click the donate button below.

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