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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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Today, the Humane Society of the United States released the annual Horrible Hundred report, which provides a sampling of problem puppy mills and puppy brokers based on state and federal inspection records, complaints from the public and undercover investigation findings. This year’s report uncovers...

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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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New undercover footage released by the Humane Society of the United States shows distressed dogs circling in cramped, barren cages and others pacing in pens at numerous dog breeding facilities licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. An undercover investigator...

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Caged breeding dogs at Margaret Manning's puppy mill in Pocahontas, AR, July 2020

Chelsea Amengual had always wanted a dog, but her mom was allergic. So after graduating from Boston College and then settling in to her master’s program at Columbia University in New York City, she decided it was the right time to add her dream breed—a French bulldog—to her home and life. Amengual...

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By Bethany W. Adams

Are you concerned about a possible puppy mill in your area? Are you a law enforcement official or animal control officer who needs assistance with a puppy mill cruelty case? Not sure of your local laws on puppy mills? See a list of state laws on puppy mills.

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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

The Humane Society of the United States was founded to tackle animal welfare challenges beyond the reach of local organizations and to supplement the essential work of animal shelters and rescues by addressing the root causes of animal cruelty, advocating for stronger laws to ensure the protection...

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Internet pet sale scams We all know the internet can be a great place to buy anything from books to rare gifts, but it's not where you should go to buy a new pet. In addition to disreputable dealers and puppy mills, internet scammers have crept into the realm of online pet sales, stealing money from...

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By James Hettinger and Emily Smith

Puppy mill rewards The Humane Society of the United States offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for illegal animal cruelty. Those wishing to phone in a tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP. Your information will be kept...

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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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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 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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ANNAPOLIS—Today the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that prohibits gruesome wildlife killing contests, in which participants compete to kill the most, the heaviest and the smallest animals for cash and prizes. In February 2020, the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover...

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WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. 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...

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by Karen E. Lange