2022 USDA Violations: Quarter 1

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According to the USDA: An inspection report documents an inspector’s observations and professional assessments of compliance at facilities regulated under the AWA. Below we have compiled a list of all of the USDA dog breeders and brokers that have had violations in Quarter 1 of 2022. This time period is from January 1st, 2022 to March 31st, 2022. 

Editors note: USDA inspectors have 5 days to give a copy of their inspection to the licensee and 30 days to publish their reports online. There may be additional facilities we add to this list once more inspection reports are added to the database.

Omitted from these violations are missed inspections and teachable moments. The list below also only reflects dog and cat breeders and brokers (licenses A and B). 

This list of violations below was obtained from the USDA APHIS search engine. Any pet store connections were obtained from various state departments of agriculture. 

Quarter 1 : January 1 to March 31

Colorado

Alvin Mullett, High County Kennels. Monte Vista, Colorado- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, Mullett received 1 USDA violation pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Alvin Mullett 3.8.2022

Illinois

Nathan Mast. Arthur, Illinois- At their January 12, 2022 inspection, Mast received 4 USDA violations pertaining to housing, cleaning, and veterinary care. Nathan Mast 1.12.2022

Raymond Hostetler, Timber Acres. Tuscola, Illinois- At their March 3, 2022 inspection, Hostetler received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities. Raymond Hostetler 3.3.2022

Teske Pet and Garden Center. Moline, Illinois- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, Teskes received 2 USDA violations pertaining to Procurement of dogs, cats, and other animals and veterinary care for dogs. Teskes 3.8.2022 To view where Teske’s gets their puppies from, click here

Indiana

Enos Miller, Pigeon River Pups AKA All Star Family Pets AKA Hoosier Canines. Shipshewana, Indiana- At their January 13, 2022 focused inspection, Miller had 4 USDA violations pertaining to record keeping, primary enclosures, feeding and veterinary care. Focused inspections are when USDA inspectors look at a limited scope of issues or previous violations. This usually means the dog count is lower and only shows the animals that were a part of the focused inspection.. Enos Miller Focused 1.13.2022 . 

Envigo RMS, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana- This research facility holds a Class A Breeder license. At their March 8, 2022 inspection, Envigo received 5 USDA violations- two of which were pertaining to direct animal care. Those violations included veterinary care, housing facilities, primary enclosures, and compatible groupings. Envigo RMS 3.8.2022

Melvin Otto and Wanda Otto. Lagrange, Indiana- At their January 20, 2022 inspection, the Ottos received 2 USDA violations pertaining to time and method of identification and veterinary care for dogs. Melvin Otto Wanda Otto 1.20.2022

Neal Ramer. Tippecanoe, Indiana-  On their January 11, 2022 inspection, Ramer had 1 USDA violation pertaining to record keeping. Neal Ramer 1.11.2022

Patty Talcott. Hardinsburg, Indiana- On January 14, 2022 Talcott received an official warning from the USDA due to violations on their October 12, 2021 report. Patty Talcott USDA Warning –  Patty Talcott 10.12.2021

Richard Lambright. Lagrange, Indiana- At their January 11,2022 inspection, Ramer had 2 USDA violations pertaining to veterinary care. Richard Lambright 1.11.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies through PuppySpot

Iowa

Allen Stutzman, AE Kennels. Seymour, Iowa- At their March 7, 2022 inspection, Stutzman received 4 USDA violations pertaining to: attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care; sheltered housing facilities; and veterinary care for dogs. Allen Stutzman 3.7.2022

Brian Felton. Centerville, Iowa- At their January 26, 2020 inspection, Felton received 5 USDA violations. Those violations were pertaining to their outdoor housing facilities, feeding, and watering. Brian Felton 1.26.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies through the broker Blue Ribbon Puppies

Carolyn Anderson, Anderson’s Yorkies. Mason City, Iowa- Anderson has received 16 USDA violations so far in 2022. These violations pertain to time and method of identification, record keeping, housing, primary enclosures, and attending veterinarian and veterinary care. Carolyn Anderson 2.8.2022Carolyn Anderson 2.2.2022Carolyn Anderson 1.25.2022. Anderson also received an official USDA warning due to these violations. Carolyn Anderson USDA Warning

David Grove, Glenda Grove, Eric Grove and Adam Grove, Iowa Fox Creek Kennels. Unionville, Iowa- At their March 14, 2022 inspection, the Groves received 4 USDA violations pertaining to: housing facilities; cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control; and veterinary care for dogs. Grove 3.14.2022

DJ Cobler and Melissa Cobler, Back Road Soul Puppies. Moravia, Iowa- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, the Coblers received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Cobler 3.8.2022

Ethan Zumbach and Garry Zumbach, Zumbach Yorkies. Monticello, Iowa- At their February 16, 2022 inspection, the Zumbachs received 2 USDA violations pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Ethan Zumbach Garry Zumbach 2.16.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in New York, Florida and Texas

Henry Sommers, Happy Puppys. Cincinnati, Iowa- At the time of their January 11, 2022  inspection, Sommers received 6 USDA violations, including one directly pertaining to animal care. These violations were pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, record keeping, housing facilities, veterinary care, cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping and pest control. Henry Sommers 1.11.2022

Holly Iben, Iben Family Puppies. Monticello, Iowa- At their February 3, 2022 inspection, the Ibens received 2 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and veterinary care, as well as time and method of identification. Holly Iben 2.3.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in New York, Colorado and Texas

Jake Kruse, K&E Kennels. Salem, Iowa-  At their January 19, 2022 USDA inspection, Kruse received 3 USDA violations. These violations were pertaining to housing facilities, cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping and pest control. Jake Kruse 1.19.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 17 states across the country. 

Julie Halverson. Monona, Iowa- At their March 4, 2022 inspection, Halverson received 6 USDA violations pertaining to: attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care; housing facilities; primary enclosures; cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control; and veterinary care for dogs. Julie Halverson 3.4.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies through the broker JAKS Puppies

Kayla Mulder. George, Iowa- At their January 31, 2022 inspection, Mulder received 1 USDA violation. Those violations were pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Kayla Mulder 1.31.2022

Larry Albrecht, Coldwater Kennel. Greene, Iowa- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, Albrecht received 3 USDA violations pertaining to primary enclosures, feeding and watering. Larry Albrecht 3.8.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Connecticut, New York and Virginia. 

Lavern Nolt. Charles City, Iowa- At their February 2, 2022 inspection, Nolt received 4 USDA violations. These violations pertained to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, record keeping, and primary enclosures. Lavern Nolt 2.2.2022

Loren Yoder. Riverside, Iowa- At their February 28, 2022 inspection, Yoder received 6 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities, cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control, and veterinary care for dogs. Loren Yoder 2.28.2022

Linda Thompson, Rolinda Acres Country AKA Thompson’s Puppies. Waterville, Iowa- At their March 10, 2022 inspection, Thompson received 9 USDA violations, including 1 direct violation, pertaining to: attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care; time and method of identification, record keeping; housing facilities; exercise for dogs; feeding; and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Linda Thompson 3.10.2022

Lloyd Yoder, Valleyview Premium Puppies. Riverside, Iowa- So far in 2022, Yoder has received 21 USDA violations pertaining to: attending veterinarian and veterinary care; housing facilities, and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control; requirements and application; record keeping; outdoor housing facilities; feeding; and veterinary care for dogs . Lloyd Yoder 2.28.2022 (1)Lloyd Yoder 2.28.2022 ; Lloyd Yoder 3.15.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Texas and Virginia

Melinda Weimann, Wie Wag Kennels. Donnellson, Iowa-  At their March 9, 2022 inspection, Wiemann received 1 USDA violation pertaining to housing facilities. Melinda Wiemann 3.9.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Illinois and Iowa

Menno Gingerich. Alba, Iowa- At their February 16, 2022 inspection, Gingerich received 4 USDA violations- including one that directly pertained to animal care and one critical violation. His violations were due to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, and housing facilities. Menno Gingerich 2.16.2022. Menno Gingerich also received an official USDA warning due to these violations. Menno Gingerich USDA Warning

Woody Wiley. Cantril, Iowa- At their February 17, 2022 inspection, Wiley received 4 USDA violations- one of which pertains to direct animal care. These violations included attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, record keeping, and exercise. Woody Wiley 2.17.2022. Woody Wiley also received an official USDA warning due to these violations. Woody Wiley USDA Warning

Kansas

Cindy Jensen and Richard Jensen. Neodesha, Kansas- At their February 10, 2022 inspection, the Jensens received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities and watering. Cindy Jensen Richard Jensen 2.10.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least six states.  

Jim Kramer, Auction House. Arcadia, Kansas- At their February 26, 2022 inspection, Kramer received 2 critical USDA violations pertaining to access and inspection of records and property and handling of animals. Jim Kramer 2.26.2022

Joyce Cairns, Unicorn Kennels. Glasco, Kansas- Cairns has received 5 direct USDA violations and 1 regular violation so far in 2022. These violations were pertaining to watering, attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, outdoor housing facilities cleaning, sanitization housekeeping and pest control. Joyce Cairns 1.5.2022 –  Joyce Cairns 1.12.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 4 states. 

Michigan

Alvin Zehr and Irene Zehr. Hillsdale, Michigan- This facility received an Official USDA Warning due to violations stemming from their December 13, 2021 inspection. Zehr USDA Warning Zehr 12.13.2021

Jesse Hochstedler. Colon, Michigan- At their January 12, 2022 inspection, Hochstedler received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities and veterinary care. Jesse Hochstedler 1.12.2022

Reuben Miller and Linda Miller. Coldwater, Michigan- At their January 12, 2022 inspection, the Millers had 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care. Reuben Miller Linda Miller 1.12.2022

Missouri

Brian Letsinger. Ava, MIssouri- On January 20, 2022, Letsinger received an official USDA warning due to violations on their November 17, 2021 inspection. Brian Letsinger USDA Warning Brian Letsinger 11.17.2021

Candy Fields, Fields Farm. Green City, Missouri- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, Fields received 1 USDA violation pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Candy FIelds 3.8.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 7 states. 

Carol Prothe. Urbana, Missouri- At their March 2, 2022 inspection, Prothe received 1 USDA violation pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Carol Prothe 3.2.2022

Chrissie Gingerich. Clark, Missouri- At their January 5, 2022 inspection, Gingerich received 3 USDA violations pertaining to record keeping, watering and veterinary care. Chrissie Gingerich 1.5.2022

Deborah Gay Earnest, Debco.  Stover, Missouri- At their February 7, 2022 inspection, Debco received 1 USDA violation pertaining to outdoor housing. Debco 2.7.2022

Edna Troyer and Elmer Troyer, Timber View Kennel. Clark, Missouri- At their February 15, 2022  inspection, the Troyers received 6 USDA violations. These were pertaining to housing facilities, sheltered housing, outdoor housing, primary enclosures, watering, and veterinary care. Edna Troyer Elmer Troyer 2.15.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 6 states. 

Ellen Roberts, Rocky Top K-9s . West Plains, Missouri- At their January 19, 2022  inspection, Roberts received 5 USDA violations. Those violations were pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, outdoor housing facilities, primary enclosures and veterinary care. Ellen Roberts 1.19.2022  We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Florida. 

Jered Smith and Summer Smith, Premies Puppies AKA Premier Puppies AKA Buy Puppies Today. West Plains, Missouri- At their January 18, 2022  inspection, the Smiths received 2 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care and housing facilities. Jered Smith Summer Smith 1.18.2022

John Bontrager and Lizzie Bontrager. Clark, Missouri- At their January 12, 2022  inspection, the Bontragers received 3 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, primary enclosures and watering. John Bontrager Lizzie Bontrager 1.12.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Utah

Jonas Miller, Country Lane Kennel. Clark, Missouri- At their March 1, 2022 inspection, Miller received 3 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care and housing facilities. Jonas Miller 3.1.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 4 states. 

Karen Hubbard, Karen’s Kennel. Gainesville, Missouri- At their January 25, 2022 USDA inspection, Hubbard received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care. Karen Hubbard 1.25.2022

Kenneth Orrell, Pug NS Ville USA. Bolivar, Missouri- At their January 10, 2022  inspection, Orrell received 4 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, record keeping, primary enclosures, and  feeding. Kenneth Orrell 1.10.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in New York

Mervin Yoder and Lizzie Yoder. Clark, Missouri- At their January 26, 2022  inspection, the Yoders received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing and veterinary care. Mervin Yoder Lizzie Yoder 1.26.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Pennsylvania and Virginia

Monica Dodson, E Z Duz It Kennel. Purdy, Missouri- At their February 8, 2022  inspection, Dodson received  3 USDA violations pertaining to housing, cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping and pest control, and veterinary care. Monica Dodson 2.8.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Florida

Petie Schwartz, Lake Hill Kennel. Collins, Missouri- At their March 7, 2022 inspection, Schwartz received 1 USDA violation pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Petie Schwartz 3.7.2022

Rachel Davis, Vickie Davis and Virgel Davis, Davis Kennel. Seymour, Missouri- On February 11, 2022 this facility received an official USDA warning due to violations stemming from their December 7, 2021 inspection. Davis Kennel USDA Warning Davis Kennel 12.7.2021 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in at least 5 states. 

New York

Classy Creations. Lyons, New York- At their March 1, 2022 inspection, Classy Creations received 3 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities, veterinary care and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Classy Creations 3.1.2022

Earl Ray Nolt. Dundee, New York- At their January 20, 2022 USDA inspection, Nolt received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care. Earl Ray Nolt 1.20.2022

Samuel Brubacker, Hilltop Country Kennel. Dundee, New York- At their January 20, 2022  inspection, Brubacker received 3 USDA violations pertaining to sheltered housing facilities, primary enclosures and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Samuel Brubacker 1.20.2022

Twilight Valley Toys. Lyons, New York- At their March 8, 2022 inspection, T.V. Toys received 2 USDA violations pertaining to feeding and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Twilight Valley Toys 3.8.2022

Ohio

Andy Nisley. Howard, Ohio- Nisley received an Official USDA Warning on January 20, 2022 due to violations stemming from their November 18, 2021 inspection.  Andy Nisley USDA Warning Andy Nisley 11.18.2021

Marvin Yoder, Willow Lot Kennels. Millersburg, Ohio- At  their January 10, 2022  inspection, Yoder received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities and watering. Marvin Yoder 1.10.2022

Tri Star Pets. Millersburg, Ohio- At their February 14, 2022  inspection, Tri Star Pets received 1 USDA violation pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care. Tri Star Pets 2.14.2022

Oklahoma

Cynthia Paula Jack, Coal Creek Kennel. Stringtown, Oklahoma– At their February 10, 2022 inspection, Jack received 6 USDA violations, including 3 direct violations, pertaining to: attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care; record keeping; housing facilities; cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control; and veterinary care for dogs. Cynthia Paula Jack 2.10.2022 . Cynthia Paula Jack also received an official USDA warning due to these violations. Cynthia Paula Jack USDA Warning

Pennsylvania

Daniel Stoltzfus, School Lane Kennel. Gap, Pennsylvania- At their March 9, 2022 inspection, Stoltzfus received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Daniel Stoltzfus 3.9.2022

Jacob Stoltzfus, Sunrise Kennel. Doylesburg, Pennsylvania- At their January 4, 2022 inspection, Stoltzfus received 1 USDA violation pertaining to housing facilities, general. Jacob Stoltzfus 1.4.2022

John Stoltzfus, Pondlea Puppies. New Holland, Pennsylvania- At their March 2022 inspection, Stoltzfus received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. John Stoltzfus 3.9.2022

Levi Stoltzfus. Manheim, Pennsylvania- At their February 28, 2022 inspection, Stoltzfus received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Levi Stoltzfus 2.28.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Virginia

Marlin Sauder, Rocky Ridge Kennel. Denver, Pennsylvania- At their January 19, 2022 inspection, Sauder received 1 USDA violation pertaining to Veterinary care for dogs. Marlin Sauder 1.19.2022

South Carolina 

Siberia Husky Kennel. Hamer, South Carolina- At their February 14, 2022 inspection, Siberia Kennel received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Siberia Husky Kennel 2.14.2022

 

Texas

Cephas Kropf, Southland Puppies. Itasca, Texas- At their February 18, 2022 inspection, Southland Puppies received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities and feeding. Southland Puppies 2.18.2022

Wisconsin

Amos Allgyer. Platteville, Wisconsin- At their January 5, 2022 inspection, Allgyer received 2 USDA violations pertaining to time and method of identification and record keeping. Amos Allgyer 1.5.2022 This facility sells puppies to pet stores in at least six states. 

Ben Beiler. Platteville, Wisconsin- At their January 11, 2022 inspection, Beiler received 5 USDA violations pertaining to: attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care; time and method of identification; record keeping; housing facilities and veterinary care for dogs. Ben Beiler 1.11.2022

Benjamin Lambright. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their March 7, 2022 inspection, Lambright received 2 USDA violations pertaining to identification and cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Benjamin Lambright 3.7.2022

Christy Bontrager and Eli Bontrager, Shady Valley Kennels. Tomah, Wisconsin- The Bontragers received an official USDA warning after violations stemming from their December 15, 2021 inspection. Shady Valley Kennels USDA Warning Shady Valley Kennels 12.15.2021

David Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their January 4, 2022 inspection, Bontrager received 2 USDA violations pertaining to primary enclosures and veterinary care for dogs. David Bontrager 1.4.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Minnesota

David Miller. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their February 28, 2022 inspection, Miller received 1 USDA violation pertaining to primary enclosures. David Miller 2.28.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Minnesota

Jesse Lambright and Timothy Lambright. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their January 10, 2022 inspection, Lambright received 2 USDA violations pertaining to housing facilities and veterinary care for dogs. Jesse Lambright 1.10.2022

Joseph Hochstetler, Sideline Kennel. Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin- At their March 14, 2022 inspection, Hochstetler received 1 USDA violation pertaining to housing facilities. Joseph Hochstetler 3.14.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Connecticut.  Hochstetler also received an official USDA warning due to violations stemming from their December 13, 2021 inspection. Joseph Hochstetler USDA Warning –  Joseph Hochstetler 12.13.2021

Miriam Hoover and Raymond Hoover, Farm House Kennel. Stanley, Wisconsin- At their March 2, 2022 inspection, Hoover received 5 USDA violations pertaining to attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care, method of identification, record keeping, exercise, and veterinary care for dogs. Miriam Hoover 3.2.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Iowa. 

Philip Bontrager. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their January 26, 2022 inspection, Bontrager received 1 USDA violation pertaining to veterinary care for dogs. Philip Bontrager 1.26.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Minnesota and through broker JAKS puppies

Samuel Beiler. Platteville, Wisconsin- At their January 6, 2022 inspection, Beiler received 1 USDA violation pertaining to cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control. Samuel Beiler 1.6.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies to pet stores in Kansas and Iowa

Timothy Schwartz. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their February 28, 2022 inspection, Schwartz received 2 USDA violations pertaining to watering and veterinary care for dogs. Timothy Schwartz 2.28.2022

Titus Yoder. Hillsboro, Wisconsin- At their February 8, 2022 inspection, Yoder received 3 USDA violations pertaining to method of identification, record keeping and primary enclosures. Titus Yoder 2.8.2022 We have record of this facility selling puppies through broker JAKS puppies

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