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Puppy mills

The majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills, where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills are often sick. Help us fight this industry.

  • Don’t buy into puppy mills!

    In the spring of 2000, I got a little teacup Yorkie named Delilah. She had been a breeding dog in a Dallas, Texas-area puppy mill, and at 8 years old, she was emaciated, and had lost all but two of her teeth.

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  • New route to adoption

    All of the puppies loaded onto the transport truck in Bowling Green were headed on journeys, leaving Kentucky to find new homes. The April 2014 transport would take them from the South, where puppies are plentiful, to rescues in the Northeast, where higher spay/neuter rates prevail.

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  • Magazine Article

    Making a change for the better

    All nine available dogs from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay were adopted in the first two hours of Super Pet’s grand reopening event in February.

    Pet store program helps boost adoptions and fight puppy mills

    “Whether the economy is good or bad,” says Randy Housley, the general manager of Polly’s Pet Shop in Universal City, Texas, “people seem to want puppies.” And San Antonio Animal Care Services draws from such a wide area that his store is rarely without them.

    Since August 2013, the shelter has been the store’s sole source for puppies. In fact, the store now adopts out about 150 puppies a year, more than it used to sell.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hope in the heartland

    In 2015, local law enforcement and the HSUS rescued more than 50 Great Pyrenees from an Arkansas puppy mill.

    Ohio law could trigger more reforms in the puppy mill industry

    The puppy mill industry makes millions of dollars while forcing parent dogs to live in deplorable conditions, often producing puppies with serious health issues and deceiving customers about the pups’ origins. But advocates are fighting back, and a new law in Ohio could lead to additional reforms in the industry.

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  • Magazine Article

    Disappearing act

    USDA removes vital information for combating puppy mills and other abusive industries

    At 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, Amanda Gossom of The HSUS’s puppy mills campaign was doing a routine part of her job, researching online inspection records for USDA-licensed dog breeders, when suddenly she hit a wall.

    She’d typed in the next breeder’s name and clicked search, expecting the usual information. Instead, she got an error message.

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