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Contents What is a puppy mill? What is the HSUS doing about puppy mills? Are there any laws that regulate puppy mills? There is a puppy mill in my area. How can I get the authorities to investigate and shut it down? I bought a puppy and they got sick. What can I do? Should I get a puppy or other...

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To end the cruel treatment of dogs in mass breeding operations.

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Here are seven ways you can take action to make a difference for dogs suffering in puppy mills: 1. Help make your local pet store puppy-friendly The Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores initiative asks dog lovers everywhere to help their local pet stores implement puppy-friendly policies by refusing to sell...

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There are many responsible breeders who treat their dogs with care, never over-breed them and ensure they have clean and spacious living quarters and plenty of exercise and personal attention. Unfortunately, there are also more than 10,000 puppy mills in the United States—and almost all of them...

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Uncovering national puppy mills The Humane Society of the United States is reporting on problem puppy mills, including some dealers (re-sellers) and transporters. The Horrible Hundred report is a list of known, problematic puppy breeding and/or puppy brokering facilities. It is not a list of all...

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Ashley from the HSUS Animal Rescue team kissing a dog

UPDATE: After this story first published, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that includes some of the most comprehensive anti-puppy mill protections in the country. The law increases standards of care for breeding dogs, such as requiring veterinary visits and clean food and water, and bans...

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Bethany Wynn Adams

The HSUS, along with a coalition of local and national animal welfare organizations and nearly 2,500 Ohio residents, yesterday filed a ballot initiative petition with the Ohio Attorney General to stop systemic suffering of dogs in puppy mills, defined as inhumane commercial breeding facilities that...

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Are you getting a new dog or thinking about it? We're so excited for you and we know you'll give your new companion a great, loving home. Once you've decided you're ready for a dog, the next big decision is where to find this lifelong family member. You'll want to make sure to NOT get an animal from...

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Despite what they may tell you, most pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies. Here's a list of common claims by pet stores and what they really mean. "Our puppies come from breeders, not puppy mills." The word breeder is not an exclusive term. Anyone who puts two dogs together and produces puppies is...

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In response to efforts by the Humane Society of the United States, the Ohio General Assembly has approved legislation to significantly strengthen standards of care for breeding dogs. Ohio was previously named one of the worst states in the nation for puppy mills. H.B. 506, sponsored by Rep. Brian...

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Today, Maryland became the second state in the nation to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 1662 today after it received overwhelming, bipartisan support in the General Assembly. HB 1662 prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores and encourages...

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Rokkan, in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States as its Creative and Media Agency of Record, has launched a new campaign in the HSUS’s continued fight against puppy mills. Titled ‘Don’t Buy Into Puppy Mills,’ this latest work contrasts the innocently imagined origins of puppies...

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Representatives Steve King (R-IA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have introduced bills H.R. 4879 and H.R. 2887, which have been dubbed the States' Rights Elimination Acts. These bills could completely undermine the authority of states to pass laws to protect animals and their citizens. A diverse and...

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May 14, 2019—For the seventh year in a row, the Humane Society of the United States has published a list of 100 problem puppy mills and puppy brokers in the United States. The Horrible Hundred report is published annually to warn consumers about humane concerns at puppy mills and highlight the...

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WASHINGTON—December is one of the most popular times of year to bring a new puppy into the family, but what many shoppers do not know is that most of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, and many are very sick. The Humane Society of the United States has documented the treatment of...

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The Humane Society of the United States has released its annual report revealing 100 problem puppy mills and puppy brokers in the United States. The report uncovers dogs suffering across the country at puppy mills – many of which are still in business despite years of animal care violations...

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If you buy puppies from the internet or pet stores, you could be supporting puppy mills. In our fifth Horrible Hundred report, we continue to shine a light on violations, despite increasing challenges in investigating them. Efforts to get updated information from the United States Department of...

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