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  • 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.

  • November 7, 2013

    To The Rescue! Florida to Benefit The Humane Society of the United States’ Life-Saving Stop Puppy Mills Campaign

    The Humane Society of the United States presents To the Rescue! Florida on Jan. 23, 2014, to benefit and celebrate the life-saving work of its Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. Responsible for saving thousands of dogs and puppies, The HSUS travels across the country to help animals in need from deplorable conditions at puppy mills.

  • October 14, 2013

    Majority of Maryland Puppy-Selling Stores Found Violating Consumer Disclosure Law

    Nine out of the 12 pet stores in Maryland known to sell puppies were found to be apparently not complying with a Maryland law that took effect a year ago to protect dogs and consumers.

  • October 9, 2013

    More than 100 Dogs, Other Animals Rescued from N.C. Puppy Mill

    The Pender County, N.C., Sheriff's Department called in The HSUS, SPCA of Wake County, Guilford County Animal Shelter, and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association to rescue 104 dogs from a squalid puppy mill.

  • October 3, 2013

    Consumers Ask Court to Shut Down Infamous Florida-Based Puppy Seller

    For the third time, consumers who say they purchased sick and dying puppies from notorious dog sellers James and Gilda Anderson are asking the Broward County Circuit Court to hold the Andersons accountable. In papers filed yesterday, the consumers argue that the Andersons have continued to violate a court order and the terms of a settlement agreement the parties entered into more than three years ago, by selling puppies from substandard breeding facilities and violating disclosure requirements as to where the puppies they sell come from. As a result, the motion argues, consumers are still receiving sick puppies.

  • September 10, 2013

    Wayne's Blog: USDA Announces Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

    A Humane Nation: Wayne Pacelle's blog

    Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.

  • August 17, 2013

    Illinois Protects Consumers from Buying Sick Pets

    Pet stores in Illinois that sell sick puppies will now be held more accountable under a new law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1639 during a ceremony at Wiggly Field, making Illinois the 21st state to pass a pet lemon law.

  • August 12, 2013

    153 Dogs Rescued from South Carolina Puppy Mill

    More than 150 dogs were found suffering from untreated medical conditions and living in filthy cages without adequate care, veterinary attention and socialization on a property near Starr, S.C.

  • August 8, 2013

    Statement on Euthanasia

    The HSUS's goal is zero euthanasia, and we are working both outside and inside shelters to achieve this. If euthanasia is necessary, direct injection of sodium pentobarbital must be used and not methods (like gas chambers) that cause animals distress, fear, or pain.

  • June 18, 2013

    Puppy Mills: Campaign Gear

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Show your support for the Stop Puppy Mills campaign, educate others and spread the word about puppy mills wherever you go with cool gear like stickers, T-shirts, dog collars and more.

  • June 5, 2013

    “Furry Babies” Pet Store Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Selling Unhealthy Puppy Mill Puppies

    A group of consumers filed a lawsuit in LaSalle County Circuit Court against the Chicago pet store chain Furry Babies, Inc., claiming that the store sold sick puppies from puppy mills to unsuspecting consumers in violation of state consumer protection laws.

  • May 29, 2013

    Illinois Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Consumers from Buying Sick Pets

    The Illinois House and Senate passed legislation known as the “puppy lemon law” to protect pets and consumers who purchase dogs or cats from pet stores. The bill passed the House with a 67 – 49 vote and the Senate with a 44 – 13 vote.

  • May 20, 2013

    104 Dogs Rescued from Mississippi Puppy Mill

    Rescuers removed more than 100 dogs from horrible conditions on a Tylertown, Miss., property in a joint effort by the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

  • May 9, 2013

    North Carolina House of Representatives Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

    The North Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation to ensure dogs are treated humanely in commercial breeding facilities.