September 17, 2012
The Fraternal Order of Police Endorses The Humane Society of the United States’ Tip Line to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
The HSUS Offers Up to $5,000 Reward for Information
The Fraternal Order of Police has announced its support for a reward program established by The Humane Society of the United States to help combat illegal animal cruelty at puppy mills. The HSUS offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for illegal animal cruelty. Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and will remain anonymous.
“Puppy mills are known to breed animal cruelty, often in violation of state cruelty laws,” said Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police. “The Fraternal Order of Police is glad to have this new tool to help protect dogs in puppy mills, and we thank The Humane Society of the United States for making this reward possible.”
“Puppy mills are massive breeding operations and the conditions the dogs are kept in are often illegal,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty investigations for The HSUS. “Hopefully our reward will be extra incentive for people with information about cruel conditions at a puppy mill to speak up and call our tip line. Their calls could help save the lives of millions of dogs.”
The HSUS helped to rescue more than 200 dogs from a South Carolina puppy mill after a citizen’s tip led investigators to the property. Local law enforcement served a search and seizure warrant on the property on Sept. 11 and found dogs of various breeds suffering from eye infections, skin irritations, dental problems and lack of socialization. The nursing mothers and their puppies were being kept in filthy rabbit hutches, while some of the larger breeders were in pens or running loose on the property. The owner of the property was selling puppies on the Internet to unsuspecting customers.
The HSUS estimates there are more than 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., many in states without laws regulating the industry. Often the only legal protections the dogs have are state cruelty laws that require minimum standards of care. The HSUS’ reward program was created in May to encourage people to come forward with information about suspected illegal cruelty at puppy mills in their community.
To learn more about the puppy mill reward program, go to humanesociety.org/rewards.