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Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty: Do your research before getting a puppy, and look into adopting a dog from your local shelter.



New Lives for Ark. Puppy Mill Dogs

Fifty-five dogs rescued from a puppy mill case in Arkansas arrived in D.C. to prepare for new lives in loving homes.

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News & Events

  • April 9, 2014

    Cook County, Ill. Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

    The Cook County Council passed an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from large-scale commercial breeders.

  • March 24, 2014

    60 Dogs Rescued from N.C. Puppy Mill

    60 Australian Shepherds, including 13 puppies, were rescued from a suspected Hertford County, N.C., puppy mill. After being visited by law enforcement officials regarding concerns about the welfare of the dogs on the property, the breeder agreed to surrender all of his dogs and cease operations.

  • March 21, 2014

    Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Faison, N.C. Puppy Mill

    More than 50 dogs were rescued from a suspected Duplin County, N.C., puppy mill. Duplin County Animal Control became concerned about the welfare of the dogs after they responded to a complaint and found the animals living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care. The Humane Society of the United States, Duplin County Animal Shelter, Pet Friends of Duplin County and the SPCA of Wake County assisted with the rescue and removal of the dogs.

  • 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.

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Our Victories

  • February 28, 2014

    Md. Senate Praised for Passage of Compromise Legislation for Maryland Dogs

    The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”

  • February 11, 2014

    House Protects Victims of Domestic Violence and Beloved Family Pets

    The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.

  • January 31, 2014

    Martin County Animal Shelter Removes Gas Chamber

    The Humane Society of the United States awarded Martin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina a $10,000 grant in honor of its decision stop euthanizing animals using a gas chamber.

  • October 16, 2013

    Bennettsville Receives Grant to End Use of Animal Gas Chamber

    The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.

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