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

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What is a puppy mill? Puppy mills are inhumane high-volume dog breeding facilities that churn out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers. We're fighting to end this cruelty, but we need your help. Here are seven ways you can take action to stop puppy mills: 1. Help make...

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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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Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed SB 620—the so-called “Local Business Protection Act”—and in doing so ensured that Florida localities can continue to protect animals and consumers from the cruel puppy-mill-to-pet-store pipeline. The Florida legislature recently passed the extremely broad...

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A sweeping measure that would hurt dogs and families by deterring Florida localities from protecting their communities from cruel business practices and public health threats is now poised for a final vote before reaching the governor’s desk. SB 620/HB 569 could force cities to compensate businesses...

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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

NEW YORK—Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), the bill is supported by leading animal welfare...

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NEW YORK—Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, the bill is supported by leading animal welfare groups...

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NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 8, 2021)—A heartbreaking undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States at American Kennels pet store in Manhattan revealed sick and dying puppies stored in the designated sick rooms and a basement, hidden from the public. Some of the ailing dogs were sold to...

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By James Hettinger and Emily Smith

The Humane Society of the United States presents Indiana state Rep. Chris Campbell, D-West Lafayette, with the Indiana 2021 Legislator of the Year Award for her efforts to help animals in Indiana and beyond by authoring HB 1142 to end the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Rep. Campbell also...

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At last night’s meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council, the Humane Society of the United States presented councilmembers with the Humane Council Award for a recent ordinance passed prohibiting the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. In October, Elizabethtown became the first community in...

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Crate training your puppy takes advantage of the dog’s natural instincts to seek out a comfortable, quiet and safe place when the environment around them becomes too loud or overwhelming. It’s an important tool in preventing dogs from chewing on items in the home or during housetraining. Crates are...

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The first step on the road to pet ownership is to ask yourself some tough questions: Why do you want a puppy? Can you afford one? Are you prepared to take care of a dog every day for his entire life?

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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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By Bethany W. Adams

Our undercover investigations, exposés and in-depth reports expose what really goes on behind the scenes at pet stores and puppy mills, and the industries that support them. American Kennels Pet Store Investigation Report | 2021 [PDF] Midwest Puppy Mills and Pet Store Connections | 2020 [PDF] Puppy...

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The Humane Society of the United States has developed an exciting new humane curriculum tailored to this age group. From Nose to Tail: Lessons to Inspire Care and Compassion for Dogs is available in two versions, grades K-2 and 3-5. Both explore various dog-related humane issues, with a special...

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