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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By James Hettinger and Emily Smith

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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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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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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