Cases:

ID: 954
Date Submitted: 9/5/2006
Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Date Purchased: 6/10/2006
Broker:  Unknown
Petshop:  Puppy Barn
Details: Fleas


Breeder:

Name: Martha, Ivan O, Shirleen Wenger
DBA: 
Address: 445 S. Fairmount Rd
City: Ephrata
County: 
State: PA
Zip: 17522

Miscellaneous:
This breeder is unlicensed by the USDA.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that all
breeders with more than 3 female dogs, who are selling puppies through wholesale channels (such at pet stores), must be licensed and inspected by the USDA.

Normally, I recommend waiting to file a complaint with USDA against an unlicensed breeder until it becomes evident that they are operating in violation of the law.  I will continue to monitor this breeder for further activity, and file a complaint, should I feel there is evidence of illegal activity.  If you would like to file a complaint now, to have this matter investigated by USDA, you can do so by following the instructions on this page:  http://www.petshoppuppies.com/fac.htm

NOTE:  This breeder is most likely a member of the Amish/Mennonite families of dog breeders.  There is a high incidence of unlicensed and illegal breeders in the area of Pennsylvania, mainly Lancaster County.  Because the Amish do not normally have telephones, and most share the same family names, and often first names, it is very hard to track them. 

I recommend contacting the Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at the following web address to see if you can find more about this unlicensed breeder.
http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/cwp/view.asp?q=126843