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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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