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Take Action: It’s Puppy Mill Action Week

Former Puppy Mill Insider Speaks Out

As The Humane Society of the United States launches the third annual Puppy Mill Action Week, a former employee of a convicted puppy mill operator speaks out to expose the hidden cruelty behind puppy mills.

Puppy Mill Action Week runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. It is designed to educate the public during the busy holiday season on ways to find a new best friend without supporting the abusive puppy mill industry.

Timmy Bullion worked at Virginia puppy mills that sold puppies to pet stores and directly to puppy buyers through classified advertisements. One of the puppy mills was the largest known dog producing factory in Virginia at the time. More than 1,000 dogs were confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Bullion became increasingly disturbed by the conditions he witnessed in the mills, including a total disregard for sick or injured dogs who needed veterinary care, filthy conditions and dogs being killed. Click here to watch the interview with Bullion

"Timmy Bullion's behind-the-scenes story should help inspire people to take action against puppy mills during the busiest puppy-buying season of the year," says Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS puppy mills campaign. "Sadly, tens of thousands of puppy buyers are duped every year into financially supporting cruel puppy mills when they buy through classified ads, from a pet store or over the Internet without visiting the place where the puppy was born and raised."

During this year's Puppy Mill Action Week, dog lovers are asked to: 

  • Spread the word — click here to learn how to lobby for better laws, support puppy friendly pet stores, adopt or buy a puppy responsibly and more.
  • Sign the pledge to stop puppy mills. 
  • Watch and share the new "insider's perspective" video at humanesociety.org.

Puppy Mill Facts

  • Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care; live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction; and are confined inside cramped wire-floored cages for life. There is little regard for the dogs' health or any existing genetic conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.
  • Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles and are typically confined for years on end, without ever becoming part of a family.
  • Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog. For more about screening a responsible breeder, go to humanesociety.org/puppy.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.