Mark Lander’s Sorted Past with Federal Agencies

Promises Kept Kennels, Mark Landers, Ray Cole, Dee Dee Cole, Puppy MillFailed USDA inspections, Better Business Bureau filings and customer complaints against Mark Landers, LTO Farms, Kennel LTO and Promises Kept were found online up until 2002.



Promises Kept Kennels, Mark Landers, Ray Cole, Dee Dee Cole, Missouri, Puppy Mill Brussels2011

  • February 8, 2011: Mark Landers, owner and operator of suspected puppy mill, LTO Farms, fails USDA inspection by not meeting requirements set by Sections 40, 2.75 and 3.4 for proper veterinary care, correctly and accurately disclosing names of dealer, owners and operators, and providing enclosures that are large enough for dogs to move, shelter them from outdoor elements and are clean and dry.
  • June 22, 2011: Mark Landers and LTO Farms fail another USDA inspection for not meeting the standards set under 3.6 for primary enclosures.
  • The ASPCA releases photos from the February 8, 2011 USDA inspection revealing dogs were severely injured by improper wire flooring and inadequate shelter in freezing temperatures – and further support accusations that Mark Landers, Ray Cole and Dee Dee Cole operate a puppy mill in Hartville, Missouri under the business name LTO Farms.
  • July 27, 2011, Puppy Plus Inc. files a complaint with the Better Business Bureau against Mark Landers, LTO Farms and Promises Kept Kennels. A French Bulldog sold to Puppy Plus Inc. has congenital issue megaesphagus costing business owner $3,675.00.



  • December 27, 2009: Maltese purchased at Pawsh Puppies had broncopneumonia, hypoglycemia, giardia, coccidia, anemia due to chronic illness/debilitation. Required oxygen for 4 days



  • March 13, 2008: Brussels Griffon purchased at Chi-Chi Coutour Puppies retained baby teeth.



  • March 25, 2007: Under USDA license 43A361 for “Promises Kept,” Mark Landers auctions 39 English Toy Spaniels, many of which were pregnant. Customers reported that the dog’s behavior was noticeably abnormal once in a home environment.LTO Farms, Dee Dee Cole, Ray Cole, Mark Landers, Missouri, Puppy Mill, LTO Farms, Promises Kept Kennels


  • May 26, 2006: Bulldog purchased from Paradise Island Pets had behavioral problems
  • July 7, 2006: Cocker Spaniel Mix purchased from Pet City had a slipped disc at 2 years of age. X-rays also showed calcium on the heart and bone abnormalities that were indicative of malnourishment. Undergoing testing for possible Cushing’s disease. Sold as a “toy spaniel” but grew to be 40 lbs.
  • November 10, 2006: Bulldog purchased from Debby’s Pet Land, Quality Pet or New England Pet was not purebred and had a luxating patella.


  • January 1, 2005: Bulldog purchase from Woof & Co. had pneumonia and was deaf.


  • USDA Animal welfare act case actions charge people and businesses under the Animal Welfare Act By U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Press Release, 2003 Unlicensed animal dealer Mark Landers of Promises Kept in Hartville, Mo. APHIS intends to show Landers operated without the required USDA license

LTO Farms, Promises Kept Kennels, Kennel LTO, Dee Dee Cole, Mark Landers, Puppy Mill2002

  • November 19, 2002: A routine USDA inspection recorded the following infractions:
    • The adult female American Spaniel, microchip #057369600, is excessively thin to the point of ribs, hips, and spinal column protruding and humped.
    • The Adult female Bull dog, #25, has a patch of hair loss approximately two by three inches in size which is red. There was bedding material, wood shavings, attached to the site and when it was removed there was green goopy matter under it.
    • There is an adult female Bull dog, #83, who currently has seven puppies. The dealer stated the animals were being treated for Ring Worm and the puppies had been excessively throwing up and coughing. The puppies were still coughing during the inspection.
    • In the outer room adjacent to the whelping building there is an excessive accumulation of rodent droppings and old fiberglass insulation material that has excessive evidence of being infested by rodents, for example numerous holes, chewed fiber material, and droppings. The fiberglass material needs to be removed, the area cleaned, and effective measures taken to prevent living and breeding areas of pests and other vermin to promote the health and well-being of the animals and reduce contamination by pests in animal areas.
    • Affects ninety-five adults and thirty-two puppies.