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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."

Many pet stores in Minnesota and throughout the United States claim the above — which often is false and can mislead consumers about where a puppy was born and the size and conditions of the kennel.

 

 

TRACKING DOG SALES TO PET STORES AND DEALERS

The question is, how do you prove where the puppies are being bred, come from and go to? With Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs).

For years, Animal Folks has collected and tracked CVIs from Minnesota breeders to pet stores and dealers throughout the United States. Any Minnesota breeder or dealer selling and shipping an animal across state lines is required to file this certificate. By recording where the animals are being shipped to, the certificates are supposed to help prevent and track the spread of disease.

For Animal Folks, tracking and compiling CVIs allows us to:

• Analyze the data to see if any breeders are shipping puppies to non-existent addresses or selling, without a federal license, to pet stores. When they do, we report them to authorities.

• Assist animal advocates in other states who are trying to pass state or local ordinances and want proof of where a dog originates.

• Assist consumers or animal advocates in other states who want to verify if a pet store in their state is providing false or misleading statements about where their dogs come from.

Examples of CVIs and sales from a few Minnesota dog breeders to out-of-state pet stores and dealers are below. To help us continue this work and post more data, please support this project with a donation.

 

CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION (CVI) EXAMPLES:

DOG SALES TO OUT-OF-STATE PET STORES AND DEALERS

Below are examples of Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) from a few commercial dog breeders and dealers located in Minnesota. As explained above, breeders and dealers must submit a copy of this certificate if they are transporting animals across state lines.

NOTE:

1. 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.

2. Many breeders also sell to dealers, such as Hunte Corporation in Missouri, J.A.K.'s Puppies, Inc. in Iowa or Nebraskaland Pets, Inc. in Nebraska, who, in turn, re-sell the animals to pet stores throughout the United States. Some Minnesota breeders below are also dealers and buy puppies from other breeders and re-sell to pet stores.

 

CLEARWATER KENNELS, owner Wanda Kretzman

Clearwater Kennels, located in Morrison County and owned and operated by Wanda Kretzman, is one of the largest kennels in Minnesota. In their USDA inspection report dated August 5, 2015, this kennel was reported to have 808 adult dogs and 421 puppies (total: 1,229). Their number of adult dogs was recently reported (per local zoning department) to have decreased to 692. Past puppy sales have included shipments to a long list of pet stores in multiple states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, and Maryland. This breeder is also selling puppies within Minnesota; certificates for intrastate sales (sales within Minnesota) are not required. Recent sales have been directed to dealers who then re-sell the puppies to pet stores. See below for out-of-state pet store and dealer names.

 

CVI Example:

 

Clearwater Kennels - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2015

• Nebraskaland Pets, Inc. - Atkinson, Nebraska (dealer)

• J.A.K's. Puppies, Inc. - Britt, Iowa (dealer)

• Ann Deleo - Lenox, Michigan

Clearwater Kennels - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2014

• J.A.K.'s Puppies, Inc. - Britt, Iowa

• Ann Deleo - Lenox, Michigan

Clearwater Kennels - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2013

• GC's Bunglaw - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

• Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri

• J.A.K's Puppies, Inc. - Britt, Iowa

• Nebraskaland Pets - Atkinson, Nebraska

• Puppy Love - Roanoke, Virginia

• Ann Deleo - Lenox, Michigan

Clearwater Kennels - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2012

• Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri

• J.A.K.'s Puppies, Inc.- Britt, Iowa

• Puppy City - Brooklyn, New York

• Puppy Love - Roanoke, Virginia

• Shadow Kennel - Bloomfield, Iowa

• Your Pet Choice - Southwick, Massachusetts

• Ann Deleo - Lenox, Michigan

Clearwater Kennels - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2011

• Aquarium Pet Shop - Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

• Bob's Tropical - Ridgewood, New York

• Bensalem Aquarium and Pets - Bensalem, Pennslyvania

• Cachorro's Pets - Chicago, Illinois

• Critter Pet Shop - Allan Park, Michigan

• Curious World - Jenison, Michigan

• Dog and Bird House - N Hollywood, California

• Dog House - Manchester, Connecticut

• J.A.K.'s Puppies, Inc.- Britt, Iowa

• Nebraskaland Pets - Atkinson, Nebraska

• Pac Ave Fish and Pets - Spanaway, Washington

• Pet Paradise - Harvard, Illinois

• Pets and More - Washington, Michigan

• Pets N Pals - Staunton, Virginia

• Puppies to Guppies - Greensboro, North Carolina

• Puppy City - Brooklyn, New York

• Puppy Love - Roanoke, Virginia

• Puppy Town - Kissimmee, Florida

• Pups for Kids - Wadsworth, Illinois

• The Puppy Place #3 - West Springfield, Massachusetts

• The Dog House #1 - Manchester, Connecticut

• Whitemarch Pet Center - Baltimore, Maryland

• Your Pet Choice - Southwick, Massachusetts

• Ann Deleo - Shelby Township, Michigan

 

VALLEY VIEW KENNEL, Owner Paul and Sheila Haag

Valley View Kennel, located in Meeker County and owned and operated by Paul and Sheila Haag, is also one of the largest kennels in Minnesota. In their USDA inspection report dated September 10, 2014, this kennel was reported to have 482 adult dogs and 434 puppies (total: 916). Valley View Kennel does not file many CVIs (for out-of-state sales), which suggests that a majority of their sales are within Minnesota. This breeder sells to multiple pet stores in Minnesota, and sells puppies through A Maze'n Farmyard. In past years, this breeder sold to Doyle's Farm & Home in Wisconsin (Ace Hardware). Recent out-of-state sales (in 2014 and 2015) have been to dealers and pet stores below:

• B & I Pet Center - Lakewood, Washington

• Friendly Pets - Greensboro, North Carolina

• Animal Kingdom - Bismarck, North Dakota

• Laura Groeneweg - Rock Valley, Iowa

• Sara Hulshof - Ireton, Iowa

CVI Example:

 

MENNING ENTERPRISES, owner Ron Menning

Menning Enterprises, located in Pipestone County and owned and operated by Ron Menning, is one of the largest breeders and dealers in southern Minnesota. In their USDA inspection report dated July 22, 2014, this kennel was reported to have 512 adult dogs and 289 puppies (total: 802). Menning Enterprises sells to consumers and pet stores in Minnesota. For years, Menning Enterprises has also sold and shipped puppies to many pet stores in the upper Midwest area, including Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. See below for names of out-of-state pet stores and dealers.

 

CVI Example:

 

MENNING ENTERPRISES - Out-of-State Dog Sales Sales 2015

• All Pets Animal Care Clinic - Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Animal Kingdom - Bismarck, North Dakota

• Ed's Pet World - Mitchell, South Dakota

• Mini Critters - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Petland - Iowa City, Iowa

• Tropic Waters - Eau Claire, Wsconsin

• Tully's Kennels - Omaha, Nebraska

MENNING ENTERPRISES - Out-of-State Dog Sales Sales 2014

• All Pets Animal Care Clinic - Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Animal Kingdom - Bismark, North Dakota

• Mini Critters - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Pet Barn Pet Center - Council Bluffs, Iowa

• Southwest Auction Service - Wheaton, Missouri

• Tropic Waters - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

• Tully's Kennels - Omaha, Nebraska

MENNING ENTERPRISES - Out-of-State Dog Sales Sales 2013

• All Pets Animal Care Clinic - Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Petland - Iowa City, Iowa

• Pet Barn Pet Center - Council Bluffs, Iowa

• Mini Critters - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Tropic Waters - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

• Tully's Kennels - Omaha, Nebraska

MENNING ENTERPRISES - Out-of-State Dog Sales Sales 2012

• All Pets Animal Care Clinic - Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Heritage Puppies, Lake Mills, Iowa

• Mini Critters - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Pet Barn Pet Center - Council Bluffs, Iowa

• Petland - Iowa City, Iowa

• Tropic Waters - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

• Tully's Kennels - Omaha, Nebraska

MENNING ENTERPRISES - Out-of-State Dog Sales Sales 2011

• All Pets Animal Care Clinic - Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Mini Critters - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

• Petland - Iowa City, Iowa

• Tropic Waters - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

LEROY YODER, owner

Dog breeder Leroy Yoder, located in Winona County, owns and operates a dog breeding kennel. In their USDA inspection report dated September 4, 2014, this kennel was reported to have 170 adult dogs and 133 puppies (total: 303). This breeder sells primarily

to a dealer named Pinnacle Pets, formerly Mid America Pets, in Missouri. Past sales were mainly to William Yoder in Iowa, also a dealer. These dealers then re-sell and re-ship the puppies to pet stores. Other breeders in this area, including Henry Yoder, David Yoder, Menno Yoder, Jake Yoder and Dan Yoder, also sell to Pinnacle Pets. See below for names of out-of-state dealers.

CVI Example:

LEROY YODER - OUT-OF-STATE DOG SALES 2015

• Pinnacle Pets - Neosho, Missouri

• William Yoder - Bloomfield, Iowa

LEROY YODER - OUT-OF-STATE DOG SALES 2014

• Atlee Yoder - Hillpoint, Wisconsin

• Will Yoder - Bloomfield, Iowa

LEROY YODER - OUT-OF-STATE DOG SALES 2013

• Will Yoder - Bloomfield, Iowa

LEROY YODER - OUT-OF-STATE DOG SALES 2012

• Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri

• Will Yoder - Bloomfield, Iowa

LEROY YODER - OUT-OF-STATE DOG SALES 2011

• Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri

• Will Yoder - Bloomfield, Iowa

 

RENNER'S KENNELS, owners John and Lyle Renner

Renner's Kennels, owned and operated by John and Lyle Renner, is located in Becker County. In their USDA inspection report dated September 10, 2015, this kennel was reported to have 124 adult dogs and 88 puppies (total: 212). In past years, Renner has sold puppies to multiple pet stores in multiple states, including North Dakota, California, North Dakota, Florida, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Renner also sold to large out-of-state brokers. This breeder also sells to Minnesota pet stores. See below for names of out-of-state pet stores and dealers.

CVI Example:

RENNER'S KENNELS - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2015

• J.A.K.'s Puppies - Britt, Iowa

• Velvet Poodle - Sioux City, Nebraska

RENNER'S KENNELS - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2014

• Velvet Poodle - Sioux City, Nebraska

RENNER'S KENNELS - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2013

• Dakota Pets - Harrison, South Dakota

• Mid-America Pet - Neosho, Missouri

• Velvet Poodle - Sioux City, Nebraska

RENNER'S KENNELS - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2012

• Dakota Pets - Harrison, South Dakota

• Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri

• Lambriar - Mahaska, Kansas

• Nebraskaland Pets - Atkinson, Nebraska

RENNER'S KENNELS - Out-of-State Dog Sales 2011

• Animal Kingdom - Bismark, North Dakota

• Barkworks - Brea, California

• Hunte Coporation - Goodman, Missouri

• Nebraskaland Pets - Atkinson, Nebraska

• R and J's World of Pets - Minot, North Dakota

• Royal Puppy Palace - Odessa, Florida

 

NOTE: Years ago Animal Folks also collected and compiled CVIs for Kathy Bauck, a breeder who was convicted of animal cruelty. At the time, this data showed that Bauck was selling to New York pet stores in violation of her federal license. This data and other information was presented to the USDA-IES which, along with CAPS' undercover investigation of this kennel, was used to support the revocation of her USDA license. To view Bauck CVIs and sales to pet stores, go to: BAUCK

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