Out-of-State Breeders

According to interstate health certificates and the PetShopPuppies.org reports, The Family Puppy/The Family of Pets chain has received shipments of puppies from the following breeders and brokers (distributors).  

Primary Supplier = 2010, 2011 or 2012
Mega Mills = over 500 breeding dogs
Special Investigation = USDA, CAPS or PMA investigation available.
NC = Non-compliance(s) to the Animal Welfare Act
NC Not Available = Kennel operator was not available for inspection. 
DIR = Direct Violation to the Animal Welfare Act
 

Ohio Suppliers

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections

Adult Dogs
Inventory

Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Abe N Miller LLC, DML, House of Pets 29956 CR 10
Fresno, OH

Licensed Broker
31-B-0167 (DML)
31-B-0156 (broker)
31-B-0146 (cancelled)
31-A-0206 (cancelled)

n/a broker PSP Report 04/17/2012 DML NC 2
04/17/2012 DML NC 5
11/15/2011 DML
10/18/2011 DML
10/10/2010
02/22/2010 NC 1
01/29/2009
10/28/2008-10/05/2006 NC
Violations n/a
Vernon Weaver
5071 Tr 353
Millersburg, OH
31-A-0226 (cancelled) n/a PSP Report n/a n/a n/a

Nebraska Breeders

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections
Adult Dogs Inventory Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Alan Packer
Aps Pups
8550 S 110th Rd Wood River, NE
47-A-0334 37-52 PSP Report  n/a n/a n/a

Missouri Breeders

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections
Adult Dogs Inventory Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Berhorst, Dan
D & B Kennels
P O Box 187
Freeburg, MO
43-A-3923 125-159 PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
Hunte Corporation
121 N Royhill Blvd
Goodman, MO

Licensed Broker
43-B-0123

n/a broker PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
Janet & Jim Swisher
J & J Kennels
4635 S 115th Rd
Bolivar, MO
43-A-2943 21-207 PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
Jerry & Claudette Yoder
Jasimas Baby Paws
H C R 68, Box 108
Caulfield, MO
43-A-3551 n/a PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
John Tidwell
8431 State Road AD
West Plains, MO

Licensed Broker
43-B-0441 
Cancelled
Special Investigation

105 PSP Report 12/01/2009 NC
04/29/2009 NC
04/28/2008 NC
05/05/2007
Violations Photos
Marvin & Debbie Phillips
402 Cedar Ridge Road
Long Lane, MO
43-A-1353 89-141 PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
Tracys K & J Pets (Broker), 1024 State Rd A A, Fairgrove, MO 43-B-0015 n/a broker PSP Report  n/a pending n/a
Wayne Baker, 31522 Kennel Street, Macon, MO 43-A-4508 n/a PSP Report  n/a pending n/a

 Iowa Breeders

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections
Adult Dogs Inventory Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Linda Kaskie
Kaskie Farms
3081 Chestnut Ave
Rock Valley, IA
42-A-1313 9-12 PSP Report n/a pending pending
Brad Grotewold
D.S. & B.E. 
1405 North 3rd Ave East
Lake Mills, IA
42-A-0119 407-750
Mega Mill
PSP Report n/a Violations Photos
Dean & Karen Grell
Grell's K-D Kennel
3276 G Ave
Vail, IA
42-A-0117 60-220 PSP Report n/a pending pending
Greg Nickell
Allerton, IA 
n/a n/a PSP Report n/a pending pending
Linda Mulder
4148 350th Street
Boyden, IA 
42-A-0924 
15-30 PSP Report n/a pending pending
Pam Habbinga
Habbinga Kennels
3820 320 St
Boyden, IA
42-A-0903 40-116 PSP Report n/a pending pending

Indiana Breeders 

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections
Adult Dogs Inventory Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Carl Schmucker
6044 W 1350 N
Nappanee, IN 
n/a n/a n/a  n/a pending n/a

Primary Supplier


Daryl (Kristine) Bontrager 10665 W. 325 N. Shipshewanna, IN 

32-A-0310 24-36 PSP Report 08/13/2012
07/12/2011
06/07/2011 NC Not Available
04/28/2010 NC
04/02/2009
Violations n/a
David Miller
6555 W. 100 S
Topeka, IN
32-A-0270 16-32 PSP Report 08/20/2012
08/25/2011
08/12/2010 NC
07/13/2009
06/03/2009 NC Not Available
07/09/2008
09/17/2007 NC
Violations n/a
Primary Supplier


Devon Schrock
10551 CR 24
Middlebury, IN
32-B-0212 25-56 PSP Report 03/28/2012 NC
03/27/2012 NC Not Avail
10/21/2011
09/26/2011 NC
03/01/2011
12/22/2009
10/19/2009 NC
pending n/a
Primary Supplier


Devon Troyer
Pine Creek Kennel, changed to Pine Creek Enterprises
14885 CR 20
Middlebury, IN 
32-A-0367
32-A-0266 CANCELLED
90-163 PSP Report 01/10/2012 NC
12/14/2011 NC Not Available
05/20/2011
10/08/2010
10/05/2010 NC Dir
06/10/2009
10/18/2007 NC
Violations Photos
Dewayne Miller
59287 CR 43
Middlebury, IN
n/a n/a n/a  n/a pending Photos
Duane M Miller
660 4th Road
Bremen, IN
n/a n/a n/a  n/a pending n/a

Primary Supplier


Enos Mullett Jr
12075 CR 34
Goshen, IN

32-A-0296 37-50 PSP Report 04/23/2012
05/17/2011
02/18/2010
01/08/2009 NC
07/16/2007
Violations n/a

Everett Hochstetler
69870 Beech Rd.
Nappanee, IN
32-A-0343

23-25

PSP Report 08/14/2012 NC Not Avail
06/08/2011
06/06/2011 NC Not Avail
04/27/2010
pending n/a
Primary Supplier


Glen Yoder
60034 CR 33
Middlebury, IN
32-A-0328 13-31 PSP Report 05/15/2012 NC Not Avail
05/19/2011
01/14/2010
10/19/2009 NC Not Avail
01/14/2010
04/22/2009
pending n/a
John Schmucker
13612 Bremer Road
New Haven, IN
Licensed Broker
32-B-0210
15-148 PSP Report 10/13/2009
09/16/2010 NC
Violations Photos
Primary Supplier


Kenneth Bontrager
13765 CR 30
Goshen, IN
32-A-0308 24-50 PSP Report 06/18/2012
05/17/2011
02/25/2010
09/23/2008
02/12/2008 NC
Violations n/a

Primary Supplier

Lavern Whetstone
14304 County Road 22
Goshen, IN

32-A-0271 Cancelled
32-A-0373

Special Investigation
40 PSP Report 06/22/2011
12/22/2010
08/12/2010
08/05/2010 NC
06/29/2010 NC Dir
06/24/2010 NC Dir
03/18/2009
02/21/2007 NC
Violations Photos
Leon Hostetler
5675 W. 600 S.
Topeka, IN
32-A-0240 30  PSP Report 02/23/2011 NC Not Avail Violations n/a
Marcia Hill
8193 E 500 N
North Webster, IN 
n/a n/a n/a  n/a pending n/a
Marie Lilienthal, Mark Miller
9590 W 2005
Shipshewana, IN
n/a n/a n/a  n/a pending n/a
Primary Supplier


Marlin (Martin) Bontrager
2084 W 1150 N
Rome City, IN
32-A-0260 95-177 PSP Report 06/21/2012
06/19/2012 NC Dir
05/31/2011
05/11/2011 NC Not Available
03/24/2010 NC
02/27/2009
02/11/2008 NC
02/20/2007 NC
pending n/a
Milan Wingard
5705 W. 600 N.
Shipshewana, IN
Primary Supplier
32-A-0265 16-59 PSP Report 07/27/2011
06/29/2010
05/11/2010 NC Not Available
04/13/2009
02/05/2008 NC
Violations n/a
Mose Miller
220 Farver Street
Shipshewana, IN
32-A-0278 n/a PSP Report 04/07/2009 NC
04/03/2008 NC
Violations Photos
Primary Supplier


Myron Hochstetler
3850 N. 850 W, Shipshewana, IN
32-A-0335 30-38 PSP Report 9/13/11
6/21/11 NC Not Avail (Repeat)
2/23/11 NC Not Avail
2/4/10
8/7/09
pending n/a

Primary Supplier
Richard Frey
5265 N. 400 W, Shipshewana IN

32-A-0300 46-81 PSP Report 07/31/2012 NC Not Available
06/07/2011
05/10/2010
04/07/2009
04/07/2008 NC
10/09/2007
Violations Photos
Primary Supplier


Roy Schlabach
7720 W. 200 N.
Shipshewana, IN
32-A-0349 37-41 PSP Report 08/13/2012 NC
07/26/2011
07/20/2010
02/04/2010 Pre
pending Photos
Primary Supplier


Steven Lehman
59453 CR33
Middlebury, IN
32-A-0345 29-39 PSP Report 04/10/2012
01/12/2012 NC Not Avail
01/05/2011 NC
11/04/2009
06/01/2009 NC
03/03/2009 NC Not Available
Violations Photos

Verlyn (Deborah) Weaver
6910 W. 100 S.
Topeka, IN

32-A-0279 24-45 PSP Report 08/20/2012 NC Not Available
08/03/2011 NC
08/11/2010 NC
06/03/2009
Violations n/a
Vernon (Vern) Weaver, Sue Ann Weaver
6230 W - 1350 N
Nappanee, IN
32-A-0366 13-14 PSP Report 04/18/2012 NC
05/16/2011
09/28/2010 New License
pending n/a
Wagler, Eli & Diana, Leland & Sherri
8019 E 1400 North, Route 1 Box 297
Odon, IN
32-A-0192 41-55 PSP Report 10/13/2005 NC pending n/a

Minnesota Breeders 

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections
Adult Dogs Inventory Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Gary Lehmann
41835 County Rd 126
Detroit Lakes, MN
41-A-0356 16-56 PSP Report 12/01/2010 10/20/2010 NC Dir 09/25/2008 NC 10/10/2007 NC Not Available 10/31/2006 12/14/2004 12/09/2002 NC 04/26/2001
pending Photos
Former Primary Supplier


Gary & Wanda McDuffee
Happy Tails Kennel, changed to Clearwater Kennel
24302 Hwy 10
Cushing, MN
Licensed Broker
41-B-0190
Special Investigation

13-987
Mega Mill

PSP Report n/a pending Photos
Former Primary Supplier

Kathy Bauck
Pick Of The Litter
51402 410th St
New York Mills, MN

Licensed Broker
41-B-0159
Special Investigation

376-805
Mega Mill
PSP Report n/a pending Photos
Primary Supplier


Patrick Fulton
Fulton Enterprises
603 South Broadway
Alden, MN
Licensed Broker
41-B-0262
Special Investigation
n/a broker PSP Report 11/28/2011
03/31/2011
08/30/2010 NC
07/19/2010 NC
03/02/2010
Violations pending
Robert Peggy Weise
P.O. Box 25
Nevis, MN
41-A-0375 15-148 PSP Report n/a pending pending
Thomas & Kelli Citrowske
Kt Kennels
1088 315th Ave
Boyd, MN
41-A-0413 39-57 PSP Report n/a pending pending
Toenges Enterprises
20221 620th Ave. P.O. Box 7,
Alden, MN
Licensed Broker
41-B-0049
n/a broker PSP Report n/a pending pending

Arkansas Breeders

Breeder Name & Address USDA # &
Recent Inspections

Adult Dogs
Inventory

Pet Shop Puppies
Report/Prior Inspections
Inspection Schedule

USDA Inspection
Summary

Photos
Jerry Willett, Little Doggie Ranch, 19216 N Skylight Mtn Rd, Canehill, AR 71-A-0200 n/a PSP Report n/a Violations n/a

Interstate health certificates are required for animals coming into the state and are public records. A sample of The Family Puppy's certificates can be found here -view Shipping Records

USDA-licensed breeders are inspected annually. Inspection reports for the last three years can be found on the USDA website. Current USDA Inspection Reports

The Family Puppy's primary breeder's prior inspection reports can be found on the PSP Reports or here -(zip file) Prior Inspection Reports 

How do we know they are puppy mills?

With large inventories, up to 14 different breeds and producing wholesale for profit are the first indictors and a closer look at inspection reports validate all assumptions. Most all of the USDA-licensed breeders/brokers that have supplied The Family Puppy since 2009 have citations listed on their USDA inspection reports, ranging from sanitation problems to inadequate veterinary care. Some have repeated violations and are being investigated by the USDA.

While purchasing from puppy mills is not illegal, it is highly unethical as we value our companion animals and find it hard to see the difference between a family member and “breeding stock”. The pet store may not be breaking laws but they are working with breeders that are. Some citations listed on their inspection reports are violations to the Animal Welfare Act.

Investigations reveal that the breeding dogs live with excessive feces, are circling with minimal space, and live on painful wire floors. Dried feces indicate the kennels are not cleaned on a daily basis. Some animals live in confinement behind noise barrier fencing with no view, shade or grass to walk on.

Kennel Inventories Scream Puppy Mills

Larger kennels usually lack enough staff and training. To provide 10 minutes of minimum care to each dog daily for kennel that houses 50-100 dogs, a kennel would need one full time (8 hrs per day) staff member.

When questioned, the pet store will say "It is quality, not quantity" to avoid directly providing inventory numbers. The next question is, "how much time do the breeders actually spend per day taking care of their animals?" Some permit applications say 2-3 hours a day for a kennel with 60 dogs. Some inspection reports say kennels are not cleaned on a daily bases. Most kennels do not have hired help to care for the animals, even at high inventory levels.

Bad Inspection Reports

Many of The Family Puppy USDA-licensed dog kennels have violations to the Animal Welfare Act noted on their annual USDA inspection reports. Some kennels are not even inspected annually. The store will have you believe they are inspected twice a year. An inspector may only return if major non-compliances are found. 

For a detailed summary of non-compliances, go to the "Breeder Inspection Details" webpage.

Mega Mills

According to a Pet Shop Puppies report, The Family Puppy has been shipping puppies from Brad D.S. & B.E. Grotewold (Lake Mills IA) since 1998. The last known puppy purchased in 2011 was reported to have giardia, a bladder infection, was under weight, and very itchy which the vet believes was from fleas that were treated before purchase. This puppy was delivered through a third party (broker) named Patrick Fulton.

The Family Puppy has a history of working with mega mills.

July 2006, Detroit Free Press - John Stottele, the owner of Family of Pets (now called The Family Puppy), declined to be interviewed but said in an e-mail that he and his veterinarian have visited Happy Tails and found no problems. “If Happy Tails or any other professional breeder were to have their license suspended or revoked by the USDA, we would no longer purchase puppies from them," Stottele wrote.

The Companion Animal Protection Society investigated Happy Tails Kennel in 2006 revealing horrific conditions. McDuffee’s 500-dog facility, which stirred national controversy, apparently has closed as of March 2010.

Kathy Bauck, from Pick of the Litter, in Minnesota did have her license revoked after being convicted of animal cruelty and torture. Family of Pets bought more than 50 pups in 2005 from Pick of the Litter whose USDA inspection report showed broken, substandard and overcrowded cages; animals exposed to wind and rain; dirty feeding and water bowls, and no proof of veterinary care.

This store will tell you they have standards and are “improving the pet trade” while inspections and photos tell a very different story. Some breeders will not listen to USDA inspectors, why would they “clean-up their act” if a pet store owner requests them too? They have multiple pet stores they can supply. 

Above Photo: Happy Tails Kennel and former supplier to The Family Puppy. Photo Credit: Companion Animal Protection Society

Hobby Breeders

Not all breeders are Licensed & Inspected

Some hobby breeders are exempt from USDA licensing if they have gross sales under $500 per year and if they own no more than three breeding female dogs or cats and sell the offspring, into the pet channels.

If the local county does not provide kennel inspections, some breeders will never have any type of animal welfare inspection.

The Family Puppy "Hobby" Breeders:

Mark Miller, 9590 W 2005, Shipshewana, IN Dewayne Miller, 59287 CR 43, Middlebury, IN Carl Schmucker, 6044 W 1350 N, Nappanee, IN
Duane M Miller, 660 4th Road, Bremen, IN Marcia Hill, 8193 E 500 N, North Webster, IN Greg Nickell, Allerton, IA Julie Hocking  

Above Photo: Dewayne Miller, May 2010
Stottele, Is this what you meant when you said the dogs have shade trees and grass to run on? These dogs have a great view from their prison too - so much for small breeders.

 

Misleading the public

The store will have you believe that their breeders are inspected by four agencies: the USDA, BOAH, the AKC and themselves.

1) The USDA does not inspect all breeders, they do not always inspect annually and they have publicly announced their failure to regulate based on a recent internal audit.

2) The Indiana State Board of Health does not have funding for inspections and not all of The Family Puppy pups come from Indiana. The store neglects to mention the lack of oversight in Ohio and Minnesota.

3) The AKC does not inspect all kennels. The AKC is not a regulatory agency and they do not enforce laws. AKC Facts.

4) The owners of the pet store are not licensed, trained or legitimate regulators or inspectors. This is the fox watching the hen house.