Tuesday, March 16, 2010

accused iowa puppy miller is a convicted sex offender



wyoming, iowa
thunder ridge dog kennel is run by convicted sex offender HAROLD BUZZ POWELL. the sheriff and animal rescuers were there inspecting his 100 dogs and the facility. he claims to properly care for all 100 dogs and has never been cited in the 13 years that he has been licensed by the USDA.


any kennel with that many dogs is automatically suspect.

POWELL'S criminal record

most recent photos



63 comments:

Anonymous said...

Huh?

The USDA has flat out stated that it does not have the inspectors, or the money, or the ability to properly inspect dog kennels.

They also don't have enough laws that deal with problem dog breeders.

And USDA whistleblowers have come forward to expose the rampant collusion between members of the USDA and these puppy mills.

USDA licensed means it's a puppy mill. The USDA helps puppy mill breeders abuse dogs.

Steve Neavling of the Detroit Free Press did an excellent series of articles about the problem with USDA and the puppy mills in 2006. It's still true today.

http://messageboards.aol.com/aol/en_us/
articles.
php?boardId=179382&articleId=
335006&func=6&channel=
Television&filterRead=false&filterHidden=true&filterUnhidden=false

If you can't read it through that link, read it in the comments here
http://hollywooddog.blogspot.com/2007/12/posh-puppy-of-tarzana-and-beverly-hills.html

Anonymous said...

Also common with these USDA puppy mill breeders is not reporting income.

Tax fraud.

Potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in sales.

Some of them make millions in sales every year and don't report a dime of income.

Anonymous said...

A few Quotes from the article about the USDA and puppy mills. It's our tax dollars getting used to help the puppy millers.

"The USDA's Office of Inspector General has criticized the agency since the 1990s for failing to adequately crack down on violators. And in a blistering September 2005 report, the inspector general found an ineffective monitoring and inspection system and concluded the USDA failed to take action against "violators who compromised animal health."

That report -- and earlier investigations dating back to the 1990s -- found that the USDA has issued insignificant penalties to violators and often made no follow-up inspections. In those reports, inspectors and USDA veterinarians complained that breeders exploited the lax enforcement and endangered animals."

"Ed Green, a Washington D.C. attorney who lobbies for more USDA enforcement, said the agency has a "cumbersome, incompetent bureaucracy" that fails to use its limited resources wisely.

"The USDA has a broken culture," Green said. "They just do things the same old way because that is how they've always done it"

Bagheera Kiplingi said...

Who was taking car of those dogs while he was in prison?

Anonymous said...

Uemployable?

No qualifications?

Criminal record?

Want to work from home?

Like tax free income?

Become a dog breeder today!

Anonymous said...

He has not been licensed for 13 years, he said he was breeding dogs for that long. He has only been licensed since 2009 and then he would not be available to have his facility inspected at least 3 times after that.
I would not call him a pedophile to do with the Sex Offense charge unless there is something we do not know but he seems to have real issues in his life and knows who and what is vulnerable. NO ONE needs to be breeding in these mass quanities and there are many places far worse then his, let's get rid of them all! And these people need to get real jobs!
These facilities bring NOTHING good to our State and Iowa is the
3rd largest Puppy Mill in the Nation because we have too many people whom don't give a damn including the authorities.

Anonymous said...

Rescue Groups have taken the dogs in, and they all need to go to a Vet and start receiving proper care.

Anonymous said...

AKC is very happy to register dogs bred by perverts like this.

AKC loves them!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the two storeies are tied together? This is the problem with the sex offender registry. Its out there to the public as it should be, but it allows idiots that don't know the full story to persecute someone. Many sex offenders are labeled becuase there are a couple years different in age. Lets say a 19 year old boy is dating a 17 year old girl. Her parents decide they don't like the boy anymore and press charges for statutory rape. the boy is convicted and forever labeled a sex offender! this is the real crime here, other than the idiots like you that perpetuate hate and intolerance

TINA said...

HE HAS A KENNEL IN MERRRIAM KS. THE KENNEL IS UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME. ROCK CREEK KENNEL. USDA WAS THERE 3-4 TIMES AND HE CAN'T PASS THEIR INSPECTIONS. NO USDA LICENSE AND STATE WROTE HIM UP ON THE FACT THEIR WAS FECES IN THE PENS AND OTHER SITATIONS AGAIN ! WE NEED THE LAW AND THE PROPER AUTHORITIES TO SEIZE THE DOGS. I SAW A ENGLISH BULLDOG THAT WAS DUE TO WHELP AND YOU COULD SEE HER RIBS, AND BACK BONE, PELVIS SHOWING. STATE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED AND ONLY HAS 3 INSPECTORS TO TAKE CARE OF THE INSPECTIONS ON THE KENNELS. NOT ENOUGH HELP TO SHUT DOWN THE POOR CONDITIONS IN HIS KENNEL. I'D REPORT HIM BUT DON'T KNOW THE PHONE NUMBERS OR E-MAIL ADDRESSES. HE SELLS ON PUPPY FIND HIS NAME ON THE ADS IS DAVID. I HAVE HIS PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS TO THE KENNEL.

Basenji Lover said...

Tina, thank you for posting this information. Here is an update: Several people on a dog forum continued to follow your information, but "Rock Creek Kennel", aka David Turner, threatened legal action. Therefore, the forum deleted the string from public viewing.

I will post some of the information and links here that were uncovered, so that you, the reader, can make up your own mind.

1. On Facebook, "Rock Creek Kennel" located in Meriden KS showed a small home as their "new office". The location is 211 Palmer St.
Homefacts.com showed the same house and address for Harold Buzz Powell, up until 3/28/2012. I have downloaded photos from both FB and the Homefacts website if you want to compare them. On the forum's string, "Rock Creekk" posted and admitted it was the same house, but denied that he ever met Powell- it was a coincidence that Powell moved out and they moved in.

2. Here is the link for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation: (http://www.accesskansas.org/kbi/offender_registry/?id=SOP15025). You'll note the address (today) for Powell is in PAOLA KS, effective 3/29/2012.

3. On April 3, 2012, "Bully Farms Kennel" in Paola KS requested a conditional use permit. The requester is Shayne Turner. I don't know the status of the meeting.

http://www.miamicountyks.org/agenda/planning_agenda.pdf.

On the meantime, there is a new website called: http://bullyfarms.com/

which states, "We are redoing our Website so PLEASE check back.
As we are changing and going down to Just our Bull Terriers." The address had stated Paola KS but has been changed to Overland Park, KS.

As I uncover more links, I will post them here.

Basenji Lover said...

The minutes from the Planning Commission are posted and currently available for public viewing at: http://www.miamicountyks.org/ .Click on "Planning Commission Minutes". Shayne and "David" Turner, who later stated to the commission that his real name is Harold Buzz Palmer, admitted to having over 100 dogs on property. Outcome: they admitted to also being Rock Creek Kennels in Meriden. They moved their dogs in January 2012 to this property without getting approval from the county. The commission denied their request to run a puppy mill/breeding operation on this property. The original minutes contain 11 pages of dialogue between the board and Turner and Powell, so it's too long to repost here.

However, if anyone wonders if Rock Creek Kennel, Thunder Ridge Kennel, and now Bully Farms are all business names for Harold Buzz Powell, aka David Turner... the answer is YES.

Basenji Lover said...

Here is a news article about Powell and Turner, once again confirming that they did operate a kennel in Meriden. I understand that the BOCC denied their request for a permit and they have 30 days to get relocate the remaining 80 dogs. http://www.kccommunitynews.com/miami-county-republic/31029542/detail.html

Basenji Lover said...

On May 9th, the BOCC for Miami County denied the Conditional Use Permit, and Turner and Powell were told to remove the remaining 80 dogs within 30 days. Here is a link to a local newspaper story that outlines the story. http://www.kccommunitynews.com/miami-county-republic/31029542/detail.html

dawn james said...

oh yeah, a 6 ft fence will insulate the surrounding area from the barking. what a fucking moronic con.

Basenji Lover said...

Harold Buzz Powell must have a great legal team, because he's back in business with a new name: buy and resale dogs located at: http://www.buyandresaledogs.com. If you Google the phone number listed on this website,(913) 549-7817, you will find it connected to Craig's Listings where he's trying to sell 3 Shiba Inu's for $40 each; a 25ft storage building, his kennels, and yes, his 6 ft fence, "only 3 months old". There's also a furnace for sale with a close-up picture of the service tag from....drum roll... Wyoming, IA.

I appreciate you leaving my posts public, because if you try to find anything on Google about Harold Buzz Powell, David Turner, Rock Creek Kennels, Bully Farms, Paola KS Conditional Use Permit~ all of it has "disappeared" from the Internet. Apparently he likes to threaten litigation, but these are all FACTS. Thank you.

dawn james said...

it takes a lot of work and money but you can delete some things from the internet without threats of lawsuits.

i updated the puppy miller's photo and criminal link.

clm said...

Hello all. My husband and I are trying to serve Harold Buzz Powell aka David Turner papers to appear in court due to his business practices. He has apparently moved from the Paola address. None of the sex offender websites have been updated and I can not find a new address for him anywhere, meaning we can not serve him court papers.

Does anyone following this blog know where he may have relocated to? I thank you for your help, we have been working on this for a long time and it would be nice to finally get him into court.

dawn james said...

i am sorry. i do not know where he is is. good luck.

dawn james said...

please contact me directly for information on his whereabouts.
crvndesires@gmail.com

Basenji Lover said...

If clm is still looking for Harold Powell, he's listed on the National Registry with an Iowa address.

http://www.iowasexoffender.com/

dawn james said...

thank you.

clm said...

Thank you, Basenji Lover and Dawn James for your continued help. So far we are still trying to serve papers without an luck making contact with him. The search goes on.

dawn james said...

your welcome. i wish there was more that i could do.

clm said...

Just an update that we are still in the process of taking legal action against Mr. Powell/Turner.

The old Rock Creek Kennel website stated that the business had been sold. Then the site was taken down and replaced by http://www.rock-creek-kennel.com/

So much about this site seems similar to the old business that I wonder whether or not it was ever sold in the first place.

If anyone has some concrete information on this please share.

Thank you again for all the help we have received.

Dawnfire82 said...

Clarification: This is clm's spouse. We have served Mr. Powell, who was in hiding in Iowa, and he has answered and must appear at a pre-trial hearing in July.

So much about this guy is a lie, from his name onward (he operated under an alias, "David Turner," which is how he avoided the consequences of his past actions, his business is unregistered with the state, he is on the run from the Kansas Attorney General's office for deceptive business practices, etc.). This is why we are having such trouble getting concrete details on this jerk.

Just letting you helpful souls know we aren't just being lazy when we ask for assistance. :)

dawn james said...

i would think this perv would be in even MORE trouble hiding and going by an alias. seems like that is good reason to throw his ass back in the slammer.

Anonymous said...

I bought a dog from Turner and he was so sick. Called him to report and he was nasty. He threatened to sue me for my reviews. The only thing I can say is PLEASE DO T BUY FROM ROCK CREEK KENNEL. Very disappointed in them for selling a sick dog to me. I hope they bust him.

Anonymous said...

So glad we read these reviews! He told us his name was Michael and would only agree to meeting us to see a puppy at a public store parking lot in KCK! After getting our deposit he has refused to answer the phone! Glad we saw this and will now go after the return of our deposit! Makes me cringe!!!

dawn james said...

sorry this guy is still in business, he is a con artist. let me know how it goes.
good luck.

Anonymous said...

Any luck? We just had similar issues. Threats of legal action. Harassment. Not fun. So sorry we ever dealt with him. I hope he gets busted. Fyi, getting ready to "sell" again.

Anonymous said...

http://www.cloveracresfarm.com/index.html


Anonymous said...

http://www.cloveracresfarm.com/index.html

Anonymous said...

I think several of these posts are funny. I'm not sticking up for his past but I can tell you that he is NOT selling dogs now. Yes, he lives in the country but he only has 10 dogs. I know this personally. So the people saying he is selling and raising dogs are big fat liars. I've said what I needed to say. Thanks

dawn james said...

thanks for the update buzz.

Anonymous said...

My name is Heather. I wish you people would stop with lies and get the facts straight. He isn't the only person in the world who raised dogs. Don't get me wrong I may not like his past but I have better things to do than make up lies. Yes people should be aware of puppy mills but keep saying he is rising dogs and living saying you are buying dogs in a parking lot from him is so childish. Some of you need to grow up. I like this site as they make people aware of issues but some people on here are just spreading lie. Sorry for the rant.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm, he is not selling dogs? why does he have them listed on his website for sale? he is a sick sick man and took me for lots of money - go to hell buzz, michel, you are the epitomy of disgusting

"dawn james" said...

do you have a link to his website?

Anonymous said...

the clover acres website above has the same phone number as:

www.rock-creek-kennel.com

"dawn james" said...

a bad review, what a surprise.

BriarRose said...

clm and dawnfire82, I am doing some research. Can you please contact me?

BriarRose said...

clm and dawnfire82, I am doing some research on this topic. Please contact me. Thanx

BriarRose said...

clm and dawnfire82, I am attempting to do some research on this topic. Please contact me. Thanx

A-N-B said...

Oh really? Cause I just bought a dog from him not even 10 days ago...

A-N-B said...

I purchased an Akita thru clover acres farm and "Michael" not even 10 days ago. I paid $1100 total and never received any paperwork that I was suppose to. He tried to blame the transport driver for losing it. I immediately contacted him and still haven't received anything. Upon arrival the puppy was sick and I could feel every bone in it's body and he's been vomiting, dry heaving, and urinating blood ever since. I contacted him again about it and was called a liar and a bad pet owner. He kept insisting that I refused to take the pup to the vet when in fact I've taken him to the vet 3 times now and have documentation of it. He also threatened me with a lawsuit which I in turn called his bluff and accepted and have not heard anything from him until yesterday evening. I filed a report about my experience online and he somehow found it and called me several inappropriate names and making threats. He has been persistently attacking me via email and I've become very afraid. He has targeted me and although I do live rather far from Kansas that doesn't ease my mind. I have began taking legal action and harassment and stalking charges are being filed against him. And I hope that anyone who is thinking of buying a pet does very extensive research and steers clear of the likes of this man.

Anonymous said...

You are such a liar. I have every email and anyone that wants the emails I would be happy to send them to you. I just love it that liars can post anywhere. I have proof you are a liar.

Anonymous said...

No you didn't you liar. You bought a dog from me. Get you facts straight.

"dawn james" said...

WHO IS THIS?

A-N-B said...

O I have my facts straight. The department of agriculture of Kansas contacted me about this man not to mention the humane society. Everything that I have on the matter was given to them and they have been persistently investigating. If it was someone different then they would quickly figure that out. They're a lot smarter and have more resources than you.

A-N-B said...

I also have every email from "Michael" and so does the dept o agriculture and the humane society. They've been investigating or years. In fact they were able to tell me thigs that I had never mentioned about this man to anybody so I know they have the right person. They've been keeping me updated and the humane society has shared my story with quiet a few other organizations. And by the way, if the man that is commenting in fact the man that was emailing me, he has been VERY CLEARLY warned never to contact me again because a restraining order is going to be filed and the police already have all of those emails. Here is a copy of that specific email warning him to stop contacting me:
Test results came back from emergency veterinary care. He has pneumonia, septic (whole body infested with bacteria) and only one testicle that will require surgery. I also have signed documentation from the vet that states the above listed and states that based on the time of which I've had him(only 6 days) and the condition and progression of the illnesses that they, in fact, have been carried by the dog for a longer period of time (i.e he was sick before I got him). She has also volunteered to make said statement if there are court proceedings. Considering the fact that I still have not received any sort of documentation from you or your veterinary, I am not accepting any binding contract(the contract should have been signed prior to payment acceptance and delivery. You didn't hold up your own terms) and I am taking all information to the military police station and military legal services. I also found several sources that state you are not who you say you are and are operating false businesses under several different alliases and your phone number has been confirmed and matched to all of them. I am also taking copies of those records to MP and legal services along with the other reports that have been filed against you and all of these emails and all other types of communication between us (your verbal abuse and bullying). Please do not contact me again. If so I will also file harassment charges and place a restraining order. If communication then persists I will have said legal action enforced and an arrest will be carried out. Thank you and please leave me alone.

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 24, 2014, at 1:26 PM

Basenji Lover said...

A-N-B,
First, I hope that your puppy is recovering and will eventually be healthy.

If the law enforcement agencies need additional facts, I suggest that you contact the Miami County Board of Commissioners in Paola KS, where "David Turner" personally testified that he is not, in fact, David Turner, but is actually Harold Buzz Powell. They will have it on their minutes (look for the date in my posting above).

Harold Buzz Powell currently lives in Keystone Iowa. According to Homefacts, This is a small community outside of Cedar Rapids, with a population less than 1000.

http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IA41157610/Harold-Buzz-Powell.html

Who shipped your dog? What was the name of the company? There should have been paperwork to show when and where the dog was picked up from... did you sign for the dog? Even if you did not receive such paperwork, you could give the shipper's information to the Law Enforcement agencies for them to research. The website states that he/she has been in business since 2000 in Kansas, so if it is Harold Buzz Powell, I would think there are interstate commerce laws being violated?

I thought that the new "Puppy Mill" legislation was supposed to put Internet breeders out of business, but apparently, this isn't the case.

I wish you and your puppy well.

A-N-B said...

Thank you he is Doing much better. The only thing of the drivers I was able to get was his phone number. The only thing I received was a receipt so there was no paperwork. The department of agriculture inspection director has spoken to him and has all the stuff I have including a verification letter of unfit to sell from my vet. The director has given everything to the attorney general so hopefully something will get done

Basenji Lover said...

Can you call the driver and ask him where he picked up the dog from? If he is willing to talk to you, (was shipping included in the $1100 fee, or was it extra? " if it was extra, then kindly remind the driver that YOU are his customer, NOT Powell. Actually, you owned that dog once PayPal processed your transaction!)- anyway, I'd try to pin point his pick up location.


I have been following this bully since he threatened legal action against me and my friends for posting facts about him when he sold a basenji "with giardia and a belly full of worms" and the new owner was seeking advice. I remember when Buy and Resale Dogs was his website that a picture of a couple would come up quickly with "Heather and Mike" underneath it, and they were from Overland Park KS.

Whether the people are Buzz and Shane, or Heather and Mike, if they are raising dogs, they should be following the laws and regulations in place to raise healthy and well adjusted dogs. To charge someone $1100, you would expect to get a pedigree and not a sick deformed critter. They hide behind pretty Internet window fronts- some of the warning signs for new puppy buyers include: 1. No pictures of the pups as they were growing up- true breeders will post photos of the parents and puppies as they transform from ugly rats to cure puppies. 2. No pictures of the breeder's home and the facility that the pups were raised in. Again, true breeders will post pictures of their farm because they are proud of it. 3. True breeders will welcome you to visit their pups. 4. True breeders will have their photos on there and some type of testimony to reassure you that they are credible. 5. True breeders will often show their dogs and will post pictures of their achievements. 6. True breeders will post the AKC registration numbers of the parents.

I hope this information helps the next perspective buyers to "trust but verify" when looking for their next puppy.

A-N-B said...

I haven't spoke with the driver personally but I gave his phone number to the inspection director and attorney general. They've spoken with him. I don't know how far they've gotten with that but I was charged nearly $400 for the shipping so I'd like to see some progress. And with all the information I've provided the attorney general it shouldn't be hard to have something come from it. They also said that if there is more than one man they are sure that they are working together. They're just having trouble finding where he is actually living

The 1200 Files said...

Hi, my name is Nathan Vickers and I'm a reporter with KCTV in Kansas City. I'm looking into this kennel for a story and could use some help 816-868-5481.

Basenji Lover said...

Nathan, I think your story was just published today- thank you for bringing attention to this illegal operation.

The Humane Society also published the following report, and specifically names Turner, Powell, and the recent information about Clover Acres' Farms. Here is the link:

http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/101-puppy-mills-report-2014.pdf

Basenji Lover said...

Here is the report from Matt Stewart, from Fox4KC. http://fox4kc.com/2014/05/07/missouri-kansas-dominate-puppy-mill-list/

Basenji Lover said...

According to the Iowa Sex offender registry, Powell just relocated back to Kansas City KS.

Anonymous said...

I have the above mentioned english bulldog that was pregnant and very malnourished. She ended up on the auction block in June of 2012. She was rescued by a small rescue in Birch Tree MO. She now lives in AR. I only wish I knew what this vile human being did to her. She is extrememly fearful of men. Very High anxiety. Me being a rescuer would love to meet the batard just one time. He should never be allowed to be near a living breathing animal.

Anonymous said...

That English Bulldog didn't come from Mr. Powell. It just proves that this site doesn't care about the truth it will allow anyone to spread lies.

Anonymous said...

I have a piece of paper that shows him to now be in Buffalo, MO. He was forced or should I say entered into an agreement with teh state of Missiouri to dispense his facility in lieu of meeting licensing requirements. He consigned & sold them off at an auction on 7/11/15. If someone is still looking for Mr Powell perhaps you should contact the Department of Agriculture in the state of Missouri.

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

thank you for this update. missouri really has turned into the cesspool for puppy milling scum.

Anonymous said...

http://www.kshb.com/news/state/missouri/animal-advocates-say-dog-auctions-contribute-to-puppy-mill-problem-in-missouri

I believe that this is the auction where he sold the dogs...