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Minnesota puppy mill on List of Horrible Hundred – S G Kennels

puppy mills 1Every year the Humane Society of the United States issues their list of Horrible Hundred puppy mill breeders. In past years, there have been at least 3-5 Minnesota breeders on their list. This year, there is just one. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s the worst of the lot, multiple violations over many years.

Here are just a few details on S G Kennels, owned by S Glance Vilken, in Roseau, Minnesota:

  • Has been found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act with every USDA inspection done between 2013 – 2016. (Isn’t it amazing that you can break the law year after year and still be in business?)
  • In the latest inspection, conducted in February 2016 (yes, this year), she was cited for not providing adequate care for two dogs, even though the inspector instructed her to do so in multiple citations.
  • One of the dogs she was ordered to get help for was first seen in June of last year. The puppy was 16 weeks of age back then and had an eye issue that caused drainage from the eye. The inspector thought the dog was experiencing pain.
  • The owner failed to get the dog looked at by a veterinarian, even after 3 more inspections indicated she should do so.
  • The second dog was a Pomeranian with advanced dental disease and had symptoms of a severe ear infection. The dog had discharge from both gums and from the infected ear. (Can you imagine being forced to breed and care for puppies while in extreme pain?)
  • The owner has been cited numerous times for filthy conditions, sharp rusty points in the kennel area that could hurt a dog and for not providing proper vet care.

Reading that would make any caring human being cringe. How callous does a human have to be to let a dog suffer through dental disease and a severe ear infection? Neither the breeder or the USDA seem capable of taking action to stop this dog’s suffering. (If you don’t know by now, the USDA is useless when it comes to shutting down mills like this.)

You might be asking me at this point… But, didn’t you guys just pass a puppy mill law? Why can’t this place be shut down through that law? Good question.

Yes, we did pass a puppy mill law in the state of Minnesota. Unfortunately, we decided to give responsibility for enforcing that law to a state organization that prefers to collect a paycheck while sitting on their asses, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. They pretty much give carte blanch to Minnesota puppy mills.

Why do I say that? Look who is on the Minnesota Animal Board of Health‘s approved breeder’s list:

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The moral to the story? The titles “USDA certified” and “Minnesota Licensed Breeder” means nothing. If you are buying a dog from this place, you might as well set up a running account with your local vet because dogs that come from puppy mills like this are a genetic mess and you will be paying lots of money for their healthcare in the future.

Want to know if a breeder is a good one? Ask to stop by and meet the adult parents and puppies. If they take you to a barn to show you one dog, or they tell you they don’t like people to stop by, don’t buy from them. They are hiding atrocities like this. Never buy from a pet store or online. You are buying from a puppy mill if you do, and that makes YOU part of the problem.

  1. May 10, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Thanks for shining light on this atrocious issue.

  2. May 10, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    I hope once this puppy mills and the breeders who misuse their dogs to make money are history….

  3. May 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I hope in my lifetime I will see total eradication of such horror. Thanks for the awareness post.

  4. May 10, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Don’t you have any “investigative” organizations there, such as TV stations, who could do a public expose on the issue. Clearly they need a public humiliation before they will do anything.

  5. May 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Reading about mills makes me sick. We need to find a way to stop them!

  6. justeatit2016
    May 10, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    No dog should ever suffer, every dog deserves heartwarming love!

  7. fredrieka
    May 11, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    It happens every couple of months in Michigan. Or at least it seems like it does. Saddens me. There should be a moratorium till all the shelters are empty

    • Mel
      May 13, 2016 at 7:38 AM


  8. Greg O' Sullivan
    May 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    I’m from Europe and we have the same issues – My friend got a puppy from a puppy farm and plagued with health issues …not right – they should be shut down. Cruelty.

    • Mel
      May 17, 2016 at 8:59 PM

      Agree Greg,. I wish they would shut these places down.

  9. May 19, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    What I don’t understand is if the Humane Society knows about them, why they don’t take steps to try and shut them down…honestly, give me five minutes with the owner of this place. Just five.

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