Based on testimony submitted to the
Task Force Concerning the Sale of Cats and Dogs at CT Pet Shops from Inhumane Origins
by Karen Rasmussen, Wilton, CT 12/4/2013
In Connecticut, a Certificate of Origin must accompany each dog sold or offered for sale in Connecticut pet shops. Such Certificate must identify the name and address of the breeder and broker of the dog, and be filed with the CT Department of Agriculture. CT Gen. Stat. 22-354 (b). The information listed in the Certificates is then plugged into USDA’s breeder and broker database to obtain the size of each operation and complete violation history. Photographs have been obtained from the USDA through FOIA.
This report provides an alphabetical listing of 335 breeders who had USDA violations during the period 2010 – 2012. Each breeder was used by at least one pet shop in Connecticut.
In 2012, over 600 breeders supplied Connecticut pet stores. 335 of these had USDA violations. 156 were unlicensed.
Anderson, Linda C. 42A0207 Disgusting reports 2010, 2011, 2012
Asmussen, Pam 46A0409 SIXTEEN violations at 5/12 pre-license inspection
Bagley Sr, Gary 43A5573 2010. Cancelled license 11/11, still selling retail as of 5/12 Bailey, Carroll 43B3609 2010, 2011, 2012
Baker, Linda 43A3415 2011.
Baker, Linda & James 73B0204 2003-2012
Baldwin, Pamela 43A4762 HSUS Horrible Hundred FINED 11K 4/13.
Barker, Wanda 71A0923 2011 + 3 Direct Violations 2013
Bauman, Leslie 63B0144 2011, 2012. Vet care, enclosures potentially dangerous Beatty, Colleen 42A1382
Injured dog paw
Berntsen, Carleen 48A0907 2010, 2011, 2012
Beukelman, Allen 42A0408
Bex, Rebecca & Franks, Guy 73B1838 “First Class Puppies”. HSUS Horrible Hundred. 2012 BROKER – HUNTE CORP.
Birchfield, Beatrice 73A0531 2011. BROKER – HUNTE CORPORATION
Sheets of ceiling coming loose Cobwebs throughout facility Debris in building
Good example of relatively clean facility that “warehouses” its dogs, with little or no human physical contact. Pet shop customers are not aware that this is how their puppies begin their lives, nor would they find it acceptable.
Blomberg, Kathie 43A1116 2010. Over 400 dogs.
Bolz, Yvette & Larry 48A1582 2012 including live insects in food. HSUS Horrible Hundred
Drooping shade cloth providing little shade Sharp points on metal horse panel
Bonham, Brett 73A2637 2012 Broken wire flooring – sharp, jagged points in direct contact with dogs. 300 dogs.
Borntrager/Borntreger, Menno & Toby 42A1438 One of the worst, years of violations. Cancelled license 10/9/12. LICENSE PERMANENTLY REVOKED 5/13.
4 foot high pile of animal waste and debris. Excessive buildup of animal waste on floors
Dog with hair loss Excessive presence of soiled bedding and flies
Two dogs with no form of shelter
Brecheisen, Dorothy (Dot’s Little Doggies) 48A1755 10 & 11 reports, over 500 dogs
Brennan, Tina 46A0270 2012 Oxytocin seven years past expiration date
Bridges, Mike & Barbara 63A0177 (Tennessee) 2010, 2011, 2012 Britez, Josh 23A0381 2011. Wire panel and wall structural issues Brooks, Betty 43A4048 2011
Brown, Charles 71A0823 2011, 2012. Cancelled license 11/12
Brown, Sharon 43A5554 2011
Grime on doors, broken sharp flooring
Standing water, mud in pens, feeder with no cover, not enough shelters for number of dogs
Bundy, Jerry & Marlene 43A4893
Burkholder, Harvey 31A0061 2011 (HSUS Horrible Hundred) SELLING UNDERAGE PUPS. 9 indirect, 8 repeat, 2 direct violations in 2011. Burkholder’s veterinarian recommended giving several dogs with Grade 5 periodontal disease to “rescue group” after they weaned their pups. No other follow-up found. -
Burrier, Linda 31A0018 2010, 2011
Burrow, Myra 43A5503 & 43B3584 11 report Byl, Ari & Helen 42A0791
Cannon, Debra 73A1772
Canterbury Tails/Troy Wedel 48B0319 One of their brokers
Carlisle, Clair & Susan 48A1672 2011 No ID tags on most dogs. Inventory list missing dogs. Plastic shade material cracked. 100 dogs
Case, Lu & Jean 71A0727 Official Warning 2/13.
Chalfont, Darlene 73A2076 2011, 2012
Cochran, Jamie 43A4719 2012
Collins, Alexis & Greg 43A1721 Bulldog with eye issue
Collins, Bill 43A5513 2012
Colvin, Patricia – 73A2074 2011 No bedding in 15 outside doghouses in January (Oklahoma)
Cox, Lou 43A1969
Crane, Linda 43A3362
Cressel, Noah 43A5735 2011.
Cressel, Noah et al 43B0177 + new #
Crick, Barbara 47A0426 10 years of violations. HSUS Horrible Hundred. Pictures below – 91.9 degrees inside kennel in August, overview of kennel exterior with tin panels as USDA acceptable forms of wind break on sides. Green corrugated plastic panels on top are USDA acceptable forms of shade and rain breaks. Violation was for the one loose piece of plastic panel.
Crowley, Larry 43A5739 EIGHT Violations 2011
Culler, Renea 43A5503
Cunningham, Sarah & Chris 43A5645 2011
Dake, Johnny 43A4494 2012 Dog not bearing weight on leg, open lesion found with discharge, licensee unaware. Expired medications in whelping building. 200 dogs
Dake, Kenneth 43A5402 HSUS Horrible Hundred. TEN violations (2 Repeat) on 12/12. NINE violations (5 Repeat and 1 Direct) on 8/13 including 6 four month old Labrador Retrievers that had not received water in more than 24 hours. One puppy drank for 4 minutes when given water.
Dake, Norma 43A4978 2 Yorkies’ feet passing through wire flooring “walking as if on tightrope”
Dale, Joan 43A5704 2012
De Neui, Paul 41A0445 2011, 2012
Decker, Joe & Connie 43A3536 2011
Below – interior of kennel
Den Boer, Nolan 42A1067 2012. Sharp wires protruding into food receptacles (repeat violation). 37 dogs in barn that is not insulated, has holes in roof. No shelters for dogs in rain. Report was 4/9/12, licensee given until 5/15/12 to fix. Was still not fixed at 7/6/12 re-inspection. Walls/floors need cleaning to remove food/excreta.
BROKER – HUNTE CORPORATION
Hair and debris under and inside cages
Scratched up walls Puppy with eye problem
Dwiggins, Betty 43A5507 2011
Sharp broken wires Dog house w/no wind break (note snow under/behind)
Epperson, Dorothy 43A5494 2012
Erb, Allen 31A0386 2012
Everette, Roger & Rebecca 71A1202 License cancelled late 2012
Fattig, Penny 47A0477 2010, 2011
Fedders, Lori 42A1144 2011. Cancelled license 7/11, still selling retail in 2012
Fedler, Craig 42A1428 2010
Feldman, Charles 43A1704 Official Warning
Ear injury Dog not bearing weight on paw
Felts, Gary 42A0757 6/10 Decision, fined 18k, feds suing for $ yet still licensed. HSUS Horrible Hundred Fetters, Betty 43B3484
Fields, Angela 43A5553
Excessive feces Sharp wires from broken cage
Fox, Beverly 71A1096
Fox, Cody 71A0981
Fox, Sharon 43A2581 2012 + multiple 2013 (1 Direct Violation)
Fulton, Pat & Tammy 41B0262 2010 (their Broker) Selling underage pups. Fykstra, Misti 42A1076 2010
Gastler, Joy “Kennel of Joy” 43A0916 2010 & 2012
Gear, Rhonda 43B3613
Gingerich, Ura 42A1371 2010, 2011, 2012
Glover, Terry 42A1358 Official Warning 8/12, license cancelled 11/12. BROKER – HUNTE CORPORATION
Sharp metal in cage
Graber, Marvin 32A0336
Graber, Abe 32A0357 & 0425 2012
Graber, Joseph & Rhoda 32A0350 Cancelled license 1/13. Some type of enforcement action 4/13. Picture of puppy with broken paws with exposed bone in prior report.
Graber, Victor 33A0515 2011, 2012
Pug with bulging eye Shih-tzu with hair loss
Graham, Theresa 73A2023 2011, 2012
Graham, Debbie & Armstrong, Courtney 73A2134 2010, 2011 Green, Leah & Floy 43A2599 2011
Oxytocin injection 3 years beyond expiration date Not meeting minimum floor space requirements
Excessive accumulation of feces under cages Grime, in cages. Note auto-watering system (lixits).
Dogs have to drink like gerbils, eliminates need for water bowls.
Gruber, Lori 47A0578 2011 Eight violations including excessive feces in whelping building. Cancelled license 8/12 Gullett, Barbara 71A0748 HSUS Horrible Hundred
Dog not bearing weight on foot, all digits swollen, nail missing. Dogs lacking 6” space above heads
Habbinga, Pam 42A0903 2012
Hackett, Lorelei 43A3375 2012. License cancelled 10/12
Hager, Linda 47A0410 HSUS Horrible Hundred
Haidsiak, Susie 42A1416 2012, 74 dogs
Hailey, Carol 73A1820 2010-12 Rodent droppings inside floor pens affecting 20 dogs in contact w/droppings. Entire facility has buildup of grime/dirt/feces. Flooring of southeast building housing 30 dogs has completely rotted out.
Hale, Randy 43B3673 2012 report (cats). Over 500 dogs.
Hall, Mary 71A1015 2011 Grime/feces, broken wires/sharp points
Halverson, Julie 42A0645 2011
Hart, Delinda 43A4783
Hawkins, Allison 73A2145 2011, 2012
Heger, Jeff 43A5700 2010
Henderson, Tracy 43B3486
Interior of “refer” building (Old refrigerated trucks are retrofitted as kennels, common practice).
Hershberger, Mose 31A0433 2012 No program of vet care
Hershberger, Willis 31A0364 2012
Hillyard, Christina 48A1431
Hilton, Darla & Robert 73A2652 2010, 2011, 2012. Paperwork incomplete, no wind/rain breaks, 1 dog house for 4 dogs
Hinrichs, Rick & Pam 47A0423 2011, 2012
Excessive green slime in water receptacles (multiple) “Housekeeping” issues.
Hoban, Jean 71A0640 2009, 2011
Hoover, Jason & Darlene 21A0104 Multiple 2010 (6 dogs died), 2011 Horn, Kent 43A0846
Hostetler, Leon 71A1291 2011
Hostetler, Dan 31A0414 2012
Houck, Michelle 48A1959 10-11 reports – CUSTOMER COMPLAINT ON FILE W/STATE (SHEEHAN) Howell, Margaretta 43A5657 2012
Repeat Direct Violation for emaciated Chihuahua. Fox Terrier with open wound.
Hunter, Cynthia 73A2661 Pre-license violations, terrible 2012 report.
Hyman, Dave 42A1003 2011. License cancelled 1/12
Jackson, Justin & Lanae 48A1849 2011, 2012. Over 600 dogs. HSUS Horrible Hundred. Official Warning 7/13 Johnson, Carol 71A0921 2010
Johnson, Connie & Harold (CW’s Quaint Critters) 42B0226 Multiple 2012. HSUS Horrible Hundred.
Johnson, Julia 42A1271 2011.
Photo left - Chewed/worn wood, buildup of grime in “nursery”. Photo right - Thick accumulation of packed snow, ice and feces covering nearly the entire floor of the outdoor runs.
Kauffman, Kenneth 33B0396 2011, 2012
Keehner, Terri 48A4803 2011, 2012. Cancelled license 4/13.
Klinkhammer, Rick 46A0331 2011 – no bedding in 17 degree weather, 2012
Knapp, Duane 71A1234 Not there for multiple inspections, disgusting 2013
Knepp, Jason, & Stoll, Phil 32A0391 Awful 2012 – parvo, flies, feces. Knepp, Marcus 32A0399 2011, 2012
Kochs, Angelia 43A5611
4 medium dogs with 1 small house in hutch enclosure
Kruse, Michele 42A0825 2010
Kruse, Steve 42B0182 (Over 1000 dogs)
Kruse, Louann 43A4333 2011. Cancelled license 2/13
Kuehne, Daniel 41A0349 Awful 2011, 2012, 2013. Over 500 dogs. Kuhlman, Beverly 73A2401 2011-2012
Kuhn, Curtis & Thomas 43A2553 Multiple 2011, 2012, 2013
Landers, Mark 43A3615
Komondor with bloody neck Insufficient bedding for Bulldogs in winter
Landsdown, Clifford 43A5453
Lantz, Marcus 23A0408 2011 Open gutters in several enclosures contain feces
Lee, Tracey 43A3459 2012
Livengood, Suzi 43A4659 2011. 400 dogs
Loutsch, Leslie & Bob 42A1129 2010, 2012
Machin, Gerald & Shirley 73A2522 HSUS Horrible Hundred. “Beagle with torn & mangled face had to have been in pain and suffering. License cancelled 9/13.
Maddux, Tonya 47B0056 (Crittersville Kennel, one of their brokers) 2010 & 2012 10 puppies from 4 breeders transported without health certificates.
Wood not impervious to moisture. No mention of feces. Dog with no bedding
Mahurin, Alice 43A4831 2010, 2012
Martin, Eugene 42A1194 2011
Martin, Christina 43A3070 License cancelled 1/11 – still selling retail 2012 McCrorey, Delmar 43A4948 2011
McGill, Chris 73A1257 2011, 2012
McGowan, Maggie 43A4545
McNish, Jessica 43A5706 2011, 2012
Dog barrel not large enough for dog
Excessive accumulation of feces No shelter in August Old bedding (feces/urine soaked)
Miller, Lester 31A0285 2010, 2011 No vet care in over a year
Miller, Lizann & Daniel 47A0564 2011 & 2013 9 dogs with nails long enough to be curling sideways. 1 doghouse for 5 dogs. Expired medications and medications not labeled for use in dogs (repeat violation).
Miller, Allen & Abe 31A0155 (2 Direct violations)
Miller, John 31A0384 2011, 2012 Using Myron Shetler’s USDA #
Miller, Ray 31A0169 Multiple 2012 (2 Direct violations - 4 dogs needing vet care) -
Dental Excessive accumulations of excreta/grime in dog doors
Minor, Shelly 43A2766 2011, 2012. Cancelled license 1/13.
Mobley, Betty Jo 71B0133 2011, 2012. Cockroaches in food.
Moeller, Annette 42A0855 2012. 30 puppies’ feet falling through flooring Mondragon, Santos 43A4805 2011, 2012
Moore, Joann 73A2642 2012
Napier, Tom & Sheila 43A4155 2011, 2012
Nichols, Sue 74A1294 2011
Nichols, Paul & Mary (Countree Pets) 47B0079 From 2/2/10 report – “Animal waste collecting in drain gutters. Fix by 3/1/10.” Not inspected again until 2011. From same report, “37 dog houses for 63 dogs need additional bedding” for the cold, and “17 dogs do not have 6” headroom in cages.” Multiple violations dating back to 2002. 10 violations in 2013.
Nisley, Aden 31A0169 2012 (cancelled license 2013) Nolan, Ann 71B0024 2011. Grime
Novak, Carol 43A4543
Missing wind/rain breaks in dog houses
Ogle, Peggy 48A0879 2011, 2012 Olseth, Blaine 46A0412 2012 Dogs with less than 6” headroom
Olson, Kim 42B0232 2010
Page, Catherine 43A5750 2011
Paulsen, Mona 2012
Pederson, Carla 46A0037 2012 Sharp protruding points from chain link fence pen dividers.
Peterson, Tom 43A4955 43A4955 2010
Phillips, Irene 48A1834 2012
Broken, sharp wires Tin panel shelter with no wind break at entrance
Piles, Rhonda 71A1208 2011, 2012
Pischel, Alan 47A0347 2011, 2012. Official Warnings 11/10 & 1/12 Polt, Cee Cee 47A0592 2010-2012 (www.mybrassringkennel.com) Price, Ivan 43A4807 2010, 2012
Filth around doggy door leading to exterior run
Quinn, Ann 43A5418
Raber, Adrian 32A0413 Multiple 2012
Excessive accumulation of feces under cages Rodent droppings throughout building
Raney, Judy 48A1624 10 & 12 reports. Official Warning 6/13 (8 violations in 2013 including 1 Direct Violation for 3 dogs needing vet care)
Ratzlaff, Keith & Lila 48A1793 HSUS Horrible Hundred. Dogs without water in 90 degree heat.
Raylyanu, Mikhail 43A3911 2011, 2012
Reiff, John & AnnaMary 43A4696 2011, 2012
Renner, John & Lyle 41A0248 Selling underage puppies to Fulton (broker). Fined 5k 1/13, HSUS Horrible Hundred. Reynolds, Susanne 48A2078 2012
Electrical wire in whelping cage. Note cigarette near Dirt/excreta in enclosure dog with newborn pups.
Riley, Mark 43A4256
Rios, Valente 43A5652 14 pages of violations on 1/12, plus more in 2012. HSUS Horrible Hundred. 6 years of violations. From USDA report -
Roseberry, Sharon 48B0121 Official Warning 1/12. Cancelled license 8/12.
Rottinghaus, Audrey & Derrick (Wendy’s Pets) 48B0313 Years of reports. HSUS Horrible Hundred Rottinghaus, Krystal & Sandra (Kit’s Pets) 48A2120 Years of reports. HSUS Horrible Hundred Rottinghaus, Kelly 71B0138
Rowe, Patricia 43A2520 2010, 2011, 2012 (Direct Violation 1/11)
Rozin, Keith & Joann 43A4116 & 5803 2011
Dog not bearing weight on front leg. No mention of feces under cage.
Schlaback, Ida & Daniel 31A0412 -
Walnut sized firm mass in mammary gland Excessively thin dog
Schmucker, John 32B0210
2 rows of cages with puppies in too-small cages, some cannot even stand
Only noted rusting at bottom of tin shelter
Schwartz, Samuel 43A5566 2011
Scott, Gerry 43A4870
Seals, George & Jan 73A2038 Multiple 2010, 2011, 2012 Sellin, Yvonne 48A0388 2010, 2011, 2012. Shaw-Zahourek, Peg 47A0571 2011, 2012
Shetler, Atlee 31A0101 2011, 2012 Dental issues on 5/18/11. Has not been inspected again as of 5/13, not there 3 times in a row in 2012 & 2013.
Shetler, Myron 31A0393 2011, 2012 Also repeatedly not there for inspections.
Shine, Debbie 43A5583 Six violations 2012
Shold, Sue 42A1299 2011, 2012. Broker – Hunte Corporation
Shelters for dogs -
Slobe, Kathy 43A3549 2011.
Smith, Glenn 73A2119 2010
Smith, Larry & Gertrude 43A3061 2010 Snidow, Julie 43A3124 2011.
Snyder, Deborah & Smoot, Doug 48A2003 2011 Sonnenberg, Michelle 41A0021 2011, 2012 Standridge, Peggy 71A1048 2012
Stark, Timothy & Alliesa 71A1251 2010, 2011, 2012 Steiber, Theresa & Alan 42A1445 2012
Storey Cole 71A1044
4 Yorkshire Terriers identified with severe hair loss (including nursing female). Grime on cages.
Swenson-Sawyer, Sherrye 41B0161 2011
Taylor, Theresa 71A1247
Thomas, Lashell & Noah 42A1454 2012
Thomas, Lori 48B0329 11-12 reports. Over 1,000 dogs. Chewed wood in whelping box with sharp screw
Decreased ventilation, strong ammonia odor inside Old feces stuck in bottom of cage
Puppy – ear cropped by licensee Schnauzer puppy found dead by USDA
Medication kept in baby food jar. Both eyes sunken w/discharge. Excessive fecal material in cage.
Troyer, Marlin 31A0185 Multiple 2011. Use of medications without vet guidance. Intentionally falsifying records so puppies will appear older
Troyer, Betty & Emanuel 31A0184 2011, 2012
Troyer, Reuben 31A0197 2011 and Official Warning 6/5/12
Urbanec, Paul 47A0540 2010-2012 Terrible
Excessive feces under cages Overgrown nails
Drinking water Dog house with sharp edges, no wind/rain break
Wagler, Nicholas 32A0285 No report 2012, 2 violations 2013 Wagler, Owen 32A0339 2011
Wagler, Darrell & Marlene 32A0364 2012
Wagler, Henry & Amos 32A0244 TEN VIOLATIONS 2012. Wagler, John & Betty 48A2108 2010, 2011
Walls, Melissa & Roger 73A2655 Awful 3/12 prelicense inspection, bad 12/12
Walter, Brenda 43B0425 94 State violations, HSUS 2010 Missouri Dirty Dozen list. “Crimped” tails of 4 pups infected.
Warren, Deb 43A3278
Clutter and filth throughout kennel. Note syringes on right and on sink area below left.
Puppies feet falling through cage floor
Accumulation of discarded materials adjacent to kennel
West, Connie 73A1872 Puppies walking in feces. HSUS Horrible Hundred. Fined $1200 6/13 Westercamp, Gina 42A1147 2010, 2011
White, Brenda 48A2090 201
White, Norissa 43A2711 2011
Cages and boxes in which dogs spend their entire lives at the Williams’ kennel
Williamson, Judith 47A0084 (Loyal, Loving & True Kennel) 2011-2012 www.pup2love.com Willis, Margaret 43A4850
Winkelman, John (Osage Kennels) 43A4667 2012 disgusting
Wittmer, Timothy 32A0427 2012
Woodley, Clark & Amy 43A4512 “Dreamland Kennel” Sick squinting puppy
Wright, Ramona 43B0082 2011
Yach, Jeff 43A4031 2011 (Cats)
Yates, Janelle 43A5324 Rarely there for inspections Heat index 113.5 degrees (98.9 real temp)
Yoder, Leah 23A0247 2011, not there for 2012 inspection
Yoder, Leroy 31A0375 2010, 2011, 2012 (ASPCA pics)
Yoder, Myron 31A0104 2010
Yoder, Owen R. 31A0198 2011, 2012 HSUS Horrible Hundred. Official Warning 8/12
Owen R. Yoder - Puppies’ feet falling through gaps in wire flooring (multiple)
Excessive matting Excessive matting
Yoder told inspector he kept hunting dogs only in these cages Eye of Scottie covered in green crusty substance
Yoder, Christ 31A0401 2010, 2011, 2012 and Official Warning 2/13
Yoder, Mabel & Jonas 31B0159 2012 (Direct violation – 3 dogs needing vet care) Yoder, Menno 31A0357 2011, multiple 2012.
Washdown drain under cages -
Yoder, Aden 31A0178 2011 (Direct violation), 2012
Zimmerman, Lavern 61A0139 2010, 2011, 2012 Zimmerman, Marlin 23A0268 HSUS Horrible Hundred Zuspann, Ruth 43A1013