Puppy mills produced large numbers of dogs in filthy conditions without regard for their health or well-being. Learn how to stop puppy mills and to help their victims.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
Tia Pope, the manager for puppy mill response for The Humane Society of the United States, explores the links between animal abuse and child abuse.
In site of recent federal regulations cracking down on Internet puppy sales, many puppy mill owners aren't giving up so easily, taking advantage of a loophole that allows direct, in-person sales of the often sick and neglected dogs. An HSUS investigation has uncovered a worrisome venue for puppy millers--local flea markets, which have long gone unwatched and unregulated.
Puppy mill rescues are often the culmination of months of preparation, and, when they happen, they're a methodical step toward putting one of an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. out of business.
A roadside rescue in Texas leads a Maltese and her pups away from puppy mill hell and into the comfort of loving homes.
Just months after longtime rescue volunteer Theresa Strader saw a puppy mill in person for the first time, she founded National Mill Dog Rescue, a group that rescues and rehabilitates discarded puppy mill dogs.
Policies & Programs
The HSUS Maddie's Fund Puppy Mill Task Force works with law enforcement, animal shelters, and other agencies to investigate puppy mills, develop cases, execute raids/rescues on puppy mill operations, and ensure enforcement of any laws that are being broken. We are available to provide expert guidance to local, state, and federal agencies in the prosecution of animal abusers in relation to the operation of puppy mills.
That pooch in the pet-store window may be may alluring but buyer beware: you may be supporting a puppy mill.