PUPPY MILL: Breeders Defend Business

Two weeks ago, the owners of a Jewell puppy mill shooed us off their property when we tried to ask them about a scathing report. Now they are talking, to a local newspaper.

When we first approached the owners of Julie’s Jewels about a report from The Humane Society of America, listing them as one of the worst puppy mills in the country, we were met with shouts. “Take your cameras, put them in your car. Leave. You got three minutes,” one yelled.

“You need to leave. No cameras showing our place. You need to go,” another added.

But two weeks later the owners did agree to do a story with their local newspaper, where they insisted they were good and loving dog breeders. The newspaper article did not include information about how the puppy mill lost it’s federal license after the owners reportedly tried to force USDA inspectors off the road. Or about the violations against the breeders.

“This report here,” Bill LaHay with Iowa Friends of Companion Animals said, “Just a few things that are mentioned, nursery pens had excessive build up of feces and urine in bedding. Very dirty and unsanitary. Noticed a dead rat in advanced state of decay in one husky pen.”

LaHay has a file full of complaints from people who say they were burned by Julies Jewels.

People like Lucas Lindstrom, who bought his dog, Morrison, from the breeders two years ago. “And immediately had problems with him,” Lindstrom said. “Within the first two months of having him it was probably a couple thousand dollars. Maybe 15-hundred, two thousand dollars in vet bills. Intestinal problems.”

Lindstrom was also promised paperwork that proved Morrison was pure bred, but he says those papers never came.

“I don’t think Julie’s Jewels is the place to get any dog from what I’ve seen of the inspection reports and the records there and their behavior when you guys did that first story on them.” LaHay says.

No one from Julie’s Jewels returned our calls for comment.

Click to learn more about Iowa Friends of Companion Animals.

13 comments

  • L. B.

    Nice to see WHO try to investigate these types of crooks. They mislead their customers and sell sick, injured and fake purebreds. Thank you for featuring a great group trying to bring education and awareness to our state about the tragedies behind these horrible places.

  • ervserver

    The owners poor health is the best news of the story, hopefully her days of neglecting animals is nearing an end

    • Brian

      It’s easy to sit there are criticise someone without knowing any more details than provided by this hopelessly one-sided report. It may very well be that the poor health of the owner is what is causing her to be unable to keep up, and she may not have any other form of income. You don’t know, and neither does the person who wrote this one-sided report.

      • Jess

        If they can’t take care of them, they need to get rid of them.
        And, if you read the articles and blogs, it sounds like this is an ongoing problem with this place not something new.

  • J

    Brian did you visit the company and see the conditions? I am sure the answer is no. I am sure the inspections took into consideration any health issues of the owner. If the owner cannot care for the animals, then its time to turn them over to the ARL. Defenseless animals do not deserve this type of treatment.

  • Tara Hansen

    Why to ARL?? with the amount of complaints and euthanize rates I would be scared to even visit ARL??? It seems that any time this “channel” dose a story on dog breeding they always go for “yellow journalism” they don’t get ALL the facts and they support only the AR movement in the state of Iowa.. Pretty sad

  • Interesting?

    Don’t think the ARL is where you want to send animals in need. They are a very high kill Shelter according to many and as long as they refuse to make public their actual Kill versus Adopted numbers I refuse to give them a dime or a plug. Lot’s of shady stuff going on by people making money off of animals. And any Director of a Non Profit Animal Welfare Org making over $132,000.00 or more a year along with his son and wife either holding high paying positions or a seat on the Board is not to be trusted in my opinion.

  • stephanie rice cauler

    so why are these nasty people still in business and still have all these poor dogs on their property…why are they NOT shut down and put out of business…..stop all the greed and start protecting these poor animals….

  • Interesting?

    Why is it these people always try to play the sympathy card that they have medical issues when theyve finally gotten themselves painted in a corner and that includes neglectful pet owners. Throw the BS flag on that poor me manipulation.
    If they have health problems its probably from inhaling all the fumes from the feces, urine and carcasses. Only victims here have 4 legs unless they only have 3 from some preventable lack of care that consistently goes on.

    Shame on Iowa for allowing this wretched place to stay in business and for even allowing Puppy Mills and nasty breeding to exist in this State.

  • Betsy Fickel

    So, WHO, why did you eliminate ALL the comments from your first article you ran on May 7?

    And what is with the drama of the tale about almost being run over by a golf cart while you appeared to be hrassing the Peterson family to get your very skewed story.

    Public, watch that video carefully. Stop it frequently and notice how there was absolutely NO real concern of being “run over”. If one has a fear of being injured by a moving golf cart, would not one literally jump out of the way, more than likely dropping papers and microphone?

    Well, wouldn’t they? Did you see that type of reaction? Didn’t think so. All you saw was a very casual side step.

    Did you see the driver looking to see where the story teller was, which would need to be done in order to try to “run over” him?
    Didn’t think so.

    Do you know there is more to the alleged USDA “forced off the road” story? Didn’t think so.

    Do you know the Huskies are known for a propensity for sensitive intestinal tracts? It’s just one of those quirks of the breed. How well did the buyer research the breed prior to purchase?

    Lots of unanswered questions

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