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Puppy mills are licensed, legal and rampant across the United States (and the world). Bailing Out Benji is a nonprofit that is fighting to change that. "Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills" is hosted by Ashly Dale, Mindi Callison and Nicole Galvan. Our hosts candidly speak about the various facets of the puppy mill industry, and the issues that advocates across the country face, while interviewing industry experts as we all work together to create lasting change for the animals trapped in commercial breeding facilities. We invite you to sit down with us each week and help us keep the conversation going for the animals. Support our show: https://bailingoutbenji.com/donate/

Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills Bailing Out Benji

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Puppy mills are licensed, legal and rampant across the United States (and the world). Bailing Out Benji is a nonprofit that is fighting to change that. "Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills" is hosted by Ashly Dale, Mindi Callison and Nicole Galvan. Our hosts candidly speak about the various facets of the puppy mill industry, and the issues that advocates across the country face, while interviewing industry experts as we all work together to create lasting change for the animals trapped in commercial breeding facilities. We invite you to sit down with us each week and help us keep the conversation going for the animals. Support our show: https://bailingoutbenji.com/donate/

    Our Reaction to Puppy Kingpin

    Our Reaction to Puppy Kingpin

    For over 2 years, Bailing Out Benji has been involved in an in-depth true crime production with Sony and Neon Hum Media for the podcast Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin. On June 16, 2022, Puppy Kingpin was finally released!  Listen to our reaction to the podcast and hear why it's a great idea for you to listen to it as well, if you haven't already!
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
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    • 38 min
    Fostering Saves Lives

    Fostering Saves Lives

    With shelters and rescues across the country overflowing with pets needing homes, foster families are needed now more than ever!
    If you ever thought about fostering before but were afraid of getting too attached or were apprehensive about how your other animals might react, then listen to this episode! Most people who foster for rescues have had those exact same thoughts and feelings before getting involved. Listen to our own stories and experiences as we explore the many different ways most anyone can get involved to directly help animals in need.
    Become a part of the solution, save lives, and get tons of snuggles along the way! Fostering saves lives and the animals need YOU to be their hero!
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
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    • 48 min
    Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin Announcement

    Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin Announcement

    Tune in this week to hear all about our exciting announcement!

    We are so excited to announce that we are a part of a new podcast from Sony Productions! "Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin" is an investigative podcast that peels back the layers of the sham rescue world and exposes the multi-million dollar USDA broker that is profiting. 
    Podcast Description: Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love. From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 

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    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
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    • 41 min
    Arizona's Puppy Mill Pipeline

    Arizona's Puppy Mill Pipeline

    Arizona has all the the hallmarks of a typical puppy mill pipeline state: one large puppy mill peddler with big money to fight humane laws, lots of smaller dealers trucking in puppy mill puppies under the radar, lack of enforcement, and a community in need of educational efforts.  There's a lot of work to be done in Arizona, but we're never going to stop fighting and we need YOUR help!  
    Tune in this week to learn all about Arizona's puppy mill pipeline and find out what you can do to stop it! 
    Arizona's pet store/puppy mill connection can be found here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/puppy-mill-maps/cvi-data/arizona/
    Go here to become a Bailing Out Benji volunteer: https://bailingoutbenji.com/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
    Support the show

    • 59 min
    The 2022 Horrible Hundred Report - And the Pet Stores They Sell To

    The 2022 Horrible Hundred Report - And the Pet Stores They Sell To

    Our good friends at The Humane Society of the United States just released their 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, listing violations from some of the worst puppy mills in the country. After going through their report we swiftly scoured our own database and released a companion report connecting those Horrible Hundred puppy mills to pet stores across the country who sell their puppies.  
    In addition to the Horrible Hundred report release, we also have several ordinances on the verge of passing in cities across the country from Washington to Wisconsin, in addition to a couple of state bills.  Tune in to find out if there is any legislative activity in your area!  
    To view the HSUS 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, go here:  https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/HSUS_Horrible-Hundred-2022.pdf
    To view our Horrible Hundred/Pet Store Connection companion report, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/2022-horrible-hundred/
    To view current active legislation across the country, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/legislation
    To purchase tickets to our Gala in September, go here: https://secure.everyaction.com/QNKVcMt8VUm_fAGGBv9O4A2
    To buy new merchandise to support our work, go here: https://store.bailingoutbenji.com/
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Humane Spotlight: The Green Spot

    Humane Spotlight: The Green Spot

    This week we are joined by Jessica and Whitney, owners of The Green Spot, a humane pet store in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Listen in as Jessica and Whitney describe their success in developing an ethical and humane business model that focuses on giving back to the community and providing education to help customers have healthier, happier relationships with their pets. 

    You can find The Green Spot online, here: https://greenspotomaha.com/
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. 
    Support the show

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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The best podcast

This is my favorite podcast. It is so informative and educational!

Paige42986 ,

Love this

I love your podcast it is one of the most informative I have heard in a long time about puppy mills and I thank you for putting it on

Thinkin' Thoughts ,

Always Great Information!

I always learn something new when I listen to Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills. They shine a light on how the USDA focuses on protecting the millers, even when the inspectors see dogs that are in desperate need of vet care or are living in filth. Inspectors aren’t there to make sure the animals are being properly cared for because if they were, millers that have years worth of violations wouldn’t still have their licenses. So much important fact-based information is presented and Bailing Out Benji does the research and has the documentation to support all claims they make. This is a very small organization that makes a huge impact. With each episode of Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills, I am more and more amazed by the difference this organization is making! Listen to an episode or two and you’ll realize how easily well-meaning consumers can be fooled by those who only care about the money they can make from a puppy, but don’t care a bit about the puppy.

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