Shedding light on the horrors of puppy mills
The Humane Society of the United States presents the following reports on puppy mills for reference by animal advocates, members of the media and researchers.
- Puppy mills are inhumane commercial dog breeding facilities that may sell puppies in pet stores, online or directly to the public (in flea markets or via classified ads).
- Puppy mills disregard the dogs' health—both physical and emotional—in order to maximize profits.
- It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., fewer than 3,000 of which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Read more about puppy mills
- Puppy Mills and Animal Welfare Act (PDF)
- Puppy Mills Facts and Figures (2018) (PDF)
- Puppy Buyers' Complaints: Five-Year Summary (PDF)
- The HSUS Puppy Buyer Complaints: A 10-Year Summary 2007-2017 (PDF)
- Problems with Unlicensed and Internet-Based Puppy Mills (PDF)
- Economic Impact of a Puppy Mill (Revised 2018) (PDF)
- Environmental Impacts of Puppy Mills (PDF)
- New Jersey Pet Store Report: Puppy Mills and Poor Conditions (PDF)
- Where Do Virginia's Pet Store Puppies Really Come From? (PDF)
- Cage Stacking Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Wire or Grid Flooring—HSUS Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Colorado Legal Petition Concerning Wire Flooring in Dog Kennels (PDF)
- Map of States with Puppy Mill Laws (PDF)
- AKC Won't Take a Stand Against Puppy Mills (PDF)
- Applied Animal Behavior Science: Mental Health of Dogs Formerly Used as "Breeding Stock" in Commercial Breeding Establishments (PDF)
- Disposal of Dead Dogs in Commercial Breeding Facilities (PDF)
- Environmental Impacts of One Puppy Mill Among Many (PDF)
- USDA Licensed Pet Breeders Chart 2018 (PDF)