Karen’s Puppies in Illinois is not what they say. Sorry Lady Gaga.
Having never purchased a dog before (we always had rescues), we didn’t realize the mistake we were making in getting our French Bulldog, Pedal, through Karen’s Puppies. We received our 10 week old bundle of love directly from Karen who made much of having an excellent reputation and working with Lady Gaga. We noticed issues right away and took Pedal to the vet. We found she had a skin infection on her face caused by mites, she had giardia, kennel cough and a host of intestinal parasites which required months of treatment. When we attempted to reach Karen, she didn’t return our calls. Calls to the “breeder” requesting pictures of Pedal’s parents took forever to get responses. It rapidly became clear that the “breeder” Brittney Middleton (Big Creek Kennels in Arkansas) was a mill and Karen’s reputation, at least regarding the attention to the health of the dogs in her care, was a sham. Pedal is a happy, sweet 4 year old now and we learned our lesson – her ‘brother’ is a rescue through the excellent Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.
Here are the facts:
Karen’s Puppies is a registered dog broker in the State of Illinois. That means she buys puppies and resells them. This is a red flag to us! Another red flag is that Karen’s buys her puppies from USDA commercial dog breeders.
The dog Pedal, was sold by Karen’s Puppies in 2016. Karen’s Puppies bought Pedal from Brittney Middleton, a USDA dog breeder in Arkansas. We have included 2014 kennel violations of Brittney Middleton, Pedal’s breeder. After the 2014 violations, the breeder was “not available” several times when inspectors came back to follow up on the violations.
We have included some 2020 shipping records of puppies bought by Karen’s Puppies shipped to her in Illinois. The USDA inspection reports for the breeders she bought from show large scale USDA commercial dog breeders that have up to 150 breeding dogs. Not exactly the network of family breeders Karen’s Puppies boasts about on her website!