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There are businesses that support breeding facilities in the sale of dogs and cats. These businesses are known as pet wholesalers, or also referred to as animal brokers.

Some breeding facilities, for instance, only breed; some facilities breed and broker animals (i.e., they act as  the "middleman," selling to pet stores or buying from auctions); and some companies don't breed at all and only deal or broker the sale.

These differences matter as it determines what type of USDA license is required. Brokers of dogs and/or cats require a Class B license. (Class B licensees can breed, broker, or both.)

Below are further definitions of other licensees:

USDA-APHIS: Guidelines for Dealers, Exhibitors, Transporters, and Researchers

Animal brokers are a key component to the sale of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.

 

The nation's largest distributor

Hunte Corporation is one of the country's largest distributors of factory-produced puppies. Many Minnesota commercial breeding facilities (USDA licensed) sell to the Hunte Corporation, who then sells and ships the puppies to pet stores throughout the United States. For more information about the Hunte Corporation, click on the links below:

• The Hunte Corporation - official website

• The Hunte Corporation - A Commercial Puppy Broker

 

Dealers in Minnesota licensed by the USDA-APHIS

The federal government licenses certain dog and cat breeders and brokers. Below is a list of brokers in Minnesota licensed by the USDA-APHIS under a Class B license — who breed and/or broker dogs or cats. (Class A is not listed below.)

NOTE: Due to the recent rule change by the USDA that now requires breeders who sell retail (i.e., over the Internet, via phone, etc. — sight unseen) to obtain a USDA license, the list below may change. As additional licensee names are posted by the USDA, we will post them below.

NOTE: "Cancelled" means the owner cancelled his or her USDA license — but this person may still be breeding and selling. A USDA license is not required if the animals are sold directly to consumers and the consumer can "see" the animal prior to purchase. See

AWA Licensing - Retail Pet Store for further details and explanations.

 

USDA License #

(Class B)

Name/

Doing Business As

City/County Notes

MN 41-B-0226

Active

License started:

Sept. 24, 2003

Bakken, Ken/

Awesome Exotics

Kenyon/ Goodhue County

Sells exotics animals; but has been known to sell dogs

MN 41-B-0262

Active

License started:

March 16, 2010

(formerly owned by Toenges Enterprises)

Fulton, Patrick/

Fulton Enterprises

Alden/

Freeborn County

Acts mainly as a broker of puppies; one of largest dog brokers in Minnesota

MN 41-B-0252

Active

License started:

May 15, 2007

Had a Class A (breeder) license prior to 2007

Jouwstra, Mike/

Jouwstra Kennels

Edgerton/

Pipestone County

Breeds, brokers and sells dogs

MN 41-B-0190

Active

License started (for this kennel):

May 30, 1997

Kretzman, Wanda/

Clearwater Kennels

Cushing/

Morrison County

Breeds, brokers and sells dogs; is the largest breeder/broker in Minnesota with over 1,000 dogs/puppies. Kretzman is the ex-wife of Gary McDuffee, and they had co-owned a kennel together.

MN 41-B-0081

Active

License started:

Jan. 02, 1960

Menning, Ron/

Menning Enterprises, Inc.

Edgerton/

Pipestone County

One of the largest dog breeders/brokers in Minnesota; sells to multiple pet stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota

MN 41-B-0263

Active

License started:

July 19, 2010

(formerly operated as Bark Ave under different license, which started in January 1960)

Riewer, Cindy/

C & T Kennels 

Perham/

Otter Tail County

One of the largest brokers in northern Minnesota; sells primarily to MN pet stores, such as Four Paws & A Tail in Blaine, MN

MN 41-B-0268

Active - see comments in right column

License started:

May 17, 2012 (formerly had a breeder Class A license 41-A-0025; cancelled that and switched to a Class B broker license)

Rowell, Deb

Country Pride Kennels

(also owns a horse boarding/riding stable)

Pine River/

Cass County

Animal cruelty complaints filed against this breeder per Minnesota animal cruelty laws (Chapters 343 and 346) by Animal Folks. In July 2013, 133 dogs and puppies seized from her kennel by the Cass County Sheriff Office. Nine charges were filed by the Cass County Attorney. Deborah Rowell pleaded guilty to one count. Animals not returned to the kennel; adopted to new homes. (But no conditions were placed in plea agreement prohibiting further dog breeding.) See Breeder: Rowell for further data on this case.

MN 41-B-0017

Revoked by USDA

On January 15, 2014, a Consent Decision was reached where Ken Schroeder's USDA license was revoked; he was ordered by the USDA to cease and desist from violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Schroeder, Ken

Wells/ Faribault County

Ken Schroeder operated for decades. He bought and sold dogs to medical and research institutions throughout the United States. At one time, he also bought and sold cats. Due to his type of activities (i.e., selling to institutions), Ken Schroeder was also required to be licensed and inspected under the MN Kennel law (the only dog dealer with this requirement). In 2014, Schroeder voluntarily cancelled his MN license; he is reported to no longer be in business and, reportedly (per the Board of Animal Health), disposed of all remaining dogs.

MN 41-B-0161

Active

 

Swenson, Sherrye

Backus/

Cass County

Breeds, brokers and sells dogs

MN 41-B-0155

Active

License started:

June 11, 1996

Wensmann, Gerry and Angie/ Highdarling Cattery

Melrose/

Stearns County

Breeds, brokers and sells dogs and cats

MN 41-B-0270

Active

License started again as of April 11, 2013

Cancelled MN 41-B-0257

License started:

July 24, 2008; cancelled license on August 1, 2012

Har Mar Pet Stop Inc. St. Paul Pet store. Has USDA license because store sells exotic pet animals. Types of animals per USDA inspection: hedgehogs, kittens, puppies, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and eastern cottontail rabbits

 

 

CANCELLED

The names below have cancelled their USDA Class B license; however, they can (and some do) still breed dogs or cats and sell retail.

   

 

 

NOTE: Some Class B breeders/brokers listed as cancelled below may still sell retail (a USDA license is only required to sell wholesale); we do not have verification of who does and does not still breed/sell for retail

MN 41-B-0259

Cancelled

Cancelled

Sept. 30, 2009

Barlow, Anson/

Silver Top Breeders LLC

Edgerton  

MN 41-B-0159

Revoked

License started:

Jan. 02, 1960;

License was terminated; then cancelled August 16, 2010; then permanently revoked September 2011

Bauck, Kathy/

Puppy On Wheels/

Pick Of The Litter

New York Mills Convicted of animal torture; continued breeding and selling dogs without USDA license (USDA license only needed to sell wholesale); license permanently revoked — allowed to keep only 6 dogs total

MN 41-B-0265

Cancelled

License started: Jan. 03, 2011 (see notes); cancelled USDA license on January 17, 2013

Bell, Dayna/

Bell's Kennels

Northfield

Breeds, brokers and sells dogs; new USDA licensee but was operating for years prior to obtaining USDA license (selling retail, not wholesale).

In April 2012, Dayna Bell was charged with multiple counts of felony animal cruelty by the Dakota County Attorney (MN). Trial held week of November 4, 2013. On November 8, the jury found Dayna Bell guilty of 13 counts of felony animal cruelty. The case is being appealed. Article: Jury convicts Northfield breeder

MN 41-B-0256

Cancelled

License started:

May 21, 2008;

cancelled Jun 01, 2009

Bjornson, Linda/

LKB Kennels

Roseau  

MN 41-B-0205

Cancelled

Cancelled November 2007

Bonsetter, Julie/

Bonsetter Kennels

Slayton  

MN 41-B-0218

Cancelled

License started:

Dec. 17, 2002;

cancelled Jan. 22, 2009

Buehl, Jean/

Furry Friends

Mound  

MN 41-B-0073

Cancelled

Cancelled April 2008

Crume, Stanley/

Minnesota Pet Breeders / Crume Kennels Puppyland

Glyndon

Still breeds and sells dogs through retail. Website:

http://www.prodietpet.com/

MN 41-B-0255

Cancelled

License started:

Jan. 03, 2008;

cancelled Feb. 17, 2009

Culver, Kimberly/

K & G Pets

Coon Rapids  

Mn 41-B-0241

Cancelled

License started:

April 11, 2005;

cancelled April 16, 2009

Jurgenson, Ross/

Jurgenson Kennels

Boyd  

MN 41-B-0240

Cancelled

License started:

Jan. 26, 2005;

cancelled Feb. 01, 2011

McAllister, Linda/

HLMM Inc

Remer  

MN 41-B-0246

Cancelled

License started:

Sept. 17, 2009;

cancelled Jan. 26, 2010

Murdoff, Larry Kent  

MN 41-B-0005

Cancelled

License started:

Jan. 02, 1060; cancelled July 19, 2010; obtained new license under C&T Kennel

Riewer, Cindy/

Bark Ave.

Perham Breeds and brokers dogs; supplies puppies to Minnesota pet stores. Changed name to C & T Kennels and still breeds and brokers dogs.

MN 41-B-0258

Cancelled

License started:

Aug. 07, 2008;

cancelled August 16, 2011

Special T Pets North Branch  

MN 41-B-0133

Cancelled

License started:

Jan. 02, 1960; cancelled May 3, 2011

Susalski, Mary Ann/ Fletcher Creek Kennel Little Falls Was one of the largest dealers/breeders in Minnesota with 1,000+ dogs/puppies; cancelled her USDA license and "gave" moany of the dogs to Mn rescue groups. May still breed and sell retail; unknown. This breeder is related to other dog breeders in Morrison County. Website was www.cuddlemepuppies.com

MN 41-B-0049

Cancelled (but see notes);

License started:

Jan. 02, 1960;

cancelled Jan 15, 2010; but kennel sold to Patrick Fulton

Toenges, Lynn/

Toenges Enterprises

Alden Was one of the largest dog brokers in Minnesota. This company was recently purchased by Patrick Fulton so continues to operate but under a new license and new ownership.

MN 41-B-0084

Cancelled

License started:

Jan. 02, 1960;

cancelled Sept. 08, 2010

Biessman, Melvin and Beverly/

Bow Wow Village

Luverne  
       
 

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