Senior Director, Puppy Mills Campaign
As Senior Director of The HSUS's Stop Puppy Mills campaign, Melanie Kahn coordinates the organization's national efforts to end the suffering for millions of dogs who are confined to cramped cages at inhumane, commercial dog breeding facilities known as "puppy mills."
She oversees The HSUS's multi-pronged approach, which includes raising public awareness of puppy-mill cruelty; building grassroots support for humane treatment; and changing laws on the federal, state, and local levels.
Kahn got involved in the puppy mill issue after covering a rescue operation by The HSUS in Kentucky as a television journalist. She pursued more stories about puppy mills, including a hidden camera investigation that exposed one of the largest dog auctions in the country.
She began her journalism career as an intern at Meet the Press and Dateline, then landed her first full-time news reporting job at an Idaho news station. She went on to work as an award-winning reporter and fill-in anchor at television stations in Indiana and Kentucky.
Kahn earned her B.A. from Tufts University and is currently studying part-time for a law degree at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law.
She lives in Maryland with her dog Koby, a poodle mix she adopted from an animal shelter.
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