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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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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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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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Between September 2018 and April 2019, undercover investigators from the Humane Society of the United States worked at six different Petland stores, revealing that Petland employees and managers routinely failed to take sick puppies promptly to a veterinarian. Puppies died in some of the stores...

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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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The HSUS reveals that a boutique Manhattan puppy store is hiding illnesses among its high-priced puppies and failing to reveal full health information to buyers. An undercover investigator who wore a hidden camera while employed by the store documented these and other findings, which have been...

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Collage showing portraits of a pig, chimp, giraffes and rescue dog

A decade ago, few of us could have predicted the monumental progress for animals we would see in the years ahead. The U.S. government effectively banned the use of chimpanzees in research; Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus removed elephants from its shows and ultimately closed for good...

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by Emily Smith

Award-winning country music star Tanya Tucker’s relationship with horses got off to a rocky start. When she was 5, her dad gave her a Shetland pony—a very spirited Shetland pony—named Pretty Boy. “He bucked me off so many times and tried to kill me so many times,” Tucker remembers with a laugh. But...

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By James Hettinger and Emily Smith

Between July and August 2019, a hidden-camera investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States in the Frisco, Texas, Petland store uncovered both animal mistreatment and rampant disease. Citations for alleged violations of the city animal control ordinance are reportedly pending...

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) Every year, breeders and trainers gather in New York for the Westminster Dog Show to celebrate the beauty and grace of purebred dogs. It's a delightful event for any dog lover. But investigations have repeatedly shown that one of the major players at Westminster is not...

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Update 4/3/19: A day after the Humane Society of the United States released the results of its undercover investigation and two days after police searched the premises, Petland announced that it was cutting ties with the franchise store in Fairfax, Virginia, and removed its company name from the...

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by Karen E. Lange

Editor’s Note: (Sept. 12, 2016) the Humane Society of the United States has announced that a settlement agreement has been reached in the consumer protection lawsuit against the Furry Babies pet store chain. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Furry Babies may only sell puppies from...

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Nearly 300 puppies and dogs were removed from a suspected Madison County, Arkansas, puppy mill after the Humane Society of the United States received a tip via its puppy mill tip line. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property and found that the animals...

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The Humane Society of the United States just released the results of its undercover investigation at a Florence, Kentucky, Petland store. This is the eighth Petland store investigated by the organization and this investigation revealed puppies sick and dying from the deadly, preventable diseases...

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