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.
Investigations, research and exposés
Dog with a bulging eye, found on a puppy mill

2018: Uncovering U.S. puppy mills

Dog in cage at Arkansas puppy mill

Inspection Report Quotes: Severe Violations

Undercover footage of a suffering puppy at a pet store in NYC

Undercover at Chelsea Kennel Club

Adorable dog in green grass

Fake Online Sellers Steal from Pet Buyers

Sign in a pet store window, showing pledge to never sell puppies from puppy mills.

Fact Sheet: Puppy Mills and Pet Stores