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  • March 12, 2014

    Tennessee Senate Rejects Legislation Cracking Down on Puppy Mills

    Tennessee's five- year-old law that tightly regulates puppy mills will expire in June. A split Tennessee Senate committee narrowly rejected legislation to extend the Tennessee Commercial Breeders Act for an additional year. That legislation, offered by Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-18, was presented to the committee as a stop-gap measure to keep the program in place temporarily while stakeholders work this summer on a new bill to improve oversight of commercial dog breeding operations in the state.

  • March 12, 2014

    Fifty-Five Dogs Rescued from Suspected N.C. Puppy Mill

    Fifty-five dogs were rescued from a suspected Iredell County, N.C., puppy mill after local law enforcement visited the scene and became concerned about the welfare of the dogs.

  • March 5, 2014

    Chicago Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

    The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. Melanie Kahn, senior director of The Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills Campaign, issued the following statement:

  • February 27, 2014

    Virginia General Assembly Unanimously Passes Pet and Consumer Protection Legislation

    Pet stores must inform customers about the source of their dogs, under a bill unanimously passed in the Virginia Senate. SB 228, also known as Bailey’s Law, now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature. Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

  • February 10, 2014

    The Boys Who Cried Woof: Young Activists Push to Crack Down on Pennsylvania's Puppy Mills

    All Animals magazine, March/April 2014

    Pennsylvania youngsters are committed to shutting down the state’s puppy mills.

  • February 6, 2014

    San Diego Pet Store Drops Lawsuit Challenging Anti-Puppy Mill Ordinance

    A San Diego pet store has abandoned its efforts to overturn a San Diego ordinance restricting the sale of puppies from large-scale commercial dog breeding operations.

  • February 5, 2014

    Chicago Moves to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

    The Chicago City Council has introduced an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. Kristen Strawbridge, Illinois state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

  • February 5, 2014

    Appeals Court: Commercial Dog Breeders May Not Hide Information from Public

    Information submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by regulated commercial dog breeding operations must be released to the public, per an appeals court ruling. Jonathan R. Lovvorn, senior vice president & chief counsel for The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Protection Litigation section, issued the following statement:

  • February 3, 2014

    Las Vegas Pet Store Owner Accused of Arson with Puppies Inside

    The owner of a Las Vegas pet store is accused of intentionally setting her store on fire with dozens of puppies still inside. The Humane Society of the United States encourages authorities to pursue the strongest possible criminal charges against the owner. The incident reportedly occurred at the Prince And Princess Puppy Boutique on Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas on January 27. Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

  • January 31, 2014

    Virginia Senate Passes Puppy Mill Legislation

    Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill 228, also known as Bailey’s Law, which will now be considered in the House of Delegates.

  • January 24, 2014

    Montana Supreme Court Urged to Uphold Animal Cruelty Law

    Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson & Deola, PLLP, Latham & Watkins, LLP

    In a brief filed today, The Humane Society of the United States urges the Montana Supreme Court to reject an appeal filed by a dog breeder convicted under the state’s animal cruelty law.

  • January 15, 2014

    MILLY and Friends of Finn Promote Puppy Mill Awareness

    Friends of Finn announced a special collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States to promote puppy mill awareness with a new line of t-shirts, exclusively available at the MILLY NYC Boutique at 900 Madison Avenue in New York and MILLYNY.com. The t-shirts, designed by Friends of Finn founder Amanda Hearst in collaboration with Michelle Smith, debuted Tuesday, Jan. 14.

  • January 10, 2014

    23 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Alexander County, N.C. Puppy Mill

    Humane Society of Charlotte, Alexander County, Alexander County Sheriff's Office

    More than 20 dogs and puppies and one parrot were rescued from an Alexander County, N.C., property by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of Charlotte. The groups were called in by Alexander County and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue and removal of the animals.

  • January 10, 2014

    Statement on New York Governor Signing Groundbreaking Puppy Mill Legislation

    New York local governments can now regulate large-scale commercial puppy mills and provide oversight of pet dealers, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of A.740a/S.3753a. Sponsored by Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal, D-New York, and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, the law grants counties and municipalities the ability to enact regulations to protect dogs raised in puppy mills. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

  • January 8, 2014

    Glee Star Takes a Stand Against Puppy Mills

    Lea Michele

    Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, Lea Michele, has joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that will give local governments the ability to regulate New York puppy mills.

  • January 7, 2014

    USDA Must Investigate Internet Puppy Broker, Unlicensed Breeders

    A complaint filed with the United States Department of Agriculture requests the agency take enforcement action against more than 50 commercial dog breeders who appear to be operating in violation of federal law. The breeders appear to have illegally sold puppies to middleman Purebred Breeders, LLC, without a USDA license. The complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States also urges the USDA to take enforcement action against Purebred Breeders for failing to obtain a license in light of recent changes to federal regulations that require retailers who sell puppies to consumers sight-unseen to obtain a federal license.

  • December 19, 2013

    Phoenix Cracks Down on Puppy Mill Outlets

    The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance yesterday to restrict the retail sale of dogs obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. The move places Phoenix among the more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that have enacted this type of ordinance, designed to increase the placement of homeless pets in permanent homes and decrease the number of animals euthanized in the city’s shelters. The new ordinance will help move the marketplace away from puppy mills, and toward consumers buying directly from responsible breeders and pet stores holding in-store adoptions of animals that come from shelters and rescue groups. Kari Nienstedt, The Humane Society of the United States’ Arizona state director, issued the following statement.

  • December 18, 2013

    Breeders’ Lawsuit Threatens New USDA Rule Cracking Down on Puppy Mills

    Commercial puppy breeders filed suit in federal court on December 16 challenging a critical regulation aimed at cracking down on large-scale puppy mills. The U.S Department of Agriculture adopted the regulation earlier this year. The lawsuit makes clear that some commercial dog breeders would prefer to avoid compliance with even the very basic standards of care required by the Animal Welfare Act. The Humane Society of the United States will intervene in the lawsuit and join the government in defending the common-sense regulation.

  • December 12, 2013

    Fugitive Sought for Connections to Puppy Mills, Homicide Death of Toddler

    The U.S Marshals Service

    The U.S. Marshals Service and The Humane Society of the United States are alerting the animal welfare community of a fugitive on the USMS’ 15 Most Wanted List and are offering rewards for her capture. The fugitive, Janet Barreto, is allegedly linked to multiple puppy mill operations and the homicide death of a toddler.

  • December 12, 2013

    Se busca fugitiva con conexiones a homicidio de niño, maltrato animal

    United States Marshals Service

    La Agencia de los United States Marshals Service junto con la Humane Society of the United States están están ofreciendo recompensa por la captura de la fugitiva Janet Barreto, está vinculada a múltiples operaciones de fábricas de cachorros y con la muerte por homicidio de un niño pequeño.

  • December 11, 2013

    To Market, To Market, To Buy a Sick Dog: HSUS Investigation of Texas Flea Market Puppy Sales

    All Animals magazine, January/February 2014

    An undercover HSUS investigation reveals the connections between flea markets and puppy mills

  • December 5, 2013

    Pet Store Owner Denied Custody of Allegedly Neglected Puppy Seized After Undercover Investigation

    ReLove Animals, Inc., Prince George's County Commission for Animal Control

    The Prince George’s County Commission for Animal Control denied a request from a pet store owner attempting to gain custody of an allegedly neglected Rottweiler puppy seized after an undercover investigation. In November, representatives from The Humane Society of the United States and Baltimore-based ReLove Animals, Inc. testified to prevent the return of the sick puppy to the owner of Genesis Pets, located in Capitol Heights, Md.

  • November 26, 2013

    About 40 Dogs, 75 Other Animals Rescued from Suspected Puppy Mill

    The Gates County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office called in The HSUS, SPCA of Wake County, and SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina to rescue approximately 40 dogs and 75 other animals from a suspected puppy mill.

  • November 25, 2013

    Jillian Michaels Exposes Who Really ‘Loses’ in New Billboard Campaign

    Jillian Michaels

    Jillian Michaels, Daytime Emmy-nominated television personality and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, has joined The Humane Society of the United States for a billboard campaign to encourage consumers to avoid supporting puppy mills this holiday season, and to help rescue dogs by adopting from shelters or rescue groups. The ad, which includes both billboard and online versions, stars Jillian’s rescued dogs, Harley, Richard and Seven, and was photographed by renowned celebrity photographer, Don Flood.

  • November 12, 2013

    Undercover Investigation of Texas Puppy Sellers Finds Tall Tales, Poor Conditions

    Dogs in the sweltering Texas heat in open-air flea markets, employees refusing to tell consumers information on the source of the dogs, and unhealthy and underage puppies pouring in from out-of-state puppy mills and brokers were among the findings of a multi-faceted undercover investigation. Conducted by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the investigation touched 34 pet stores and flea markets across Texas and hundreds of shipping records as part of the examination of how dogs are treated by the pet industry in the state.

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