Bipartisan voices urge USDA to implement puppy mill reforms

The proposed USDA rule would prevent dog dealers and other licensees with terrible animal care violations from obtaining new licenses.
Photo by Michelle Riley/The HSUS

With one month to go before public comment closes on a federal rule that would curb some of the worst practices at puppy mills, some prominent voices are making the case for why the U.S. government needs to finalize this proposal and go even further . . . 

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The people have spoken: No more puppy mill dogs in pet stores

To date, 300 local governments of all sizes and demographics across twenty-four states, have enacted policies to halt the sale of puppy mill puppies in retail settings. We hope to continue this trend as more state and local governments consider these ordinances. Photo by Angie Ingram

The pursuit and promotion of humane business models for pet stores carries so much promise in our work, and we’re gaining ground in our campaign to halt the sale of puppy mill puppies in retail settings. To date, 300 local governments—cities, towns and counties—of all . . . 

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Petland moves to close store after HSUS investigation shows rabbits dying without medical care

Following an HSUS tip-off, police announced they had searched the store Monday, and found 31 dead rabbits and one dead puppy in a freezer at the store. Photo by the HSUS

A Petland store that was the subject of an HSUS undercover investigation released this week appears to be closing down. After news of our investigation, which showed more than a dozen rabbits had apparently died at the Virginia store without medical care, and following an . . . 

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PAST Act introduced in Senate as more evidence for ending walking horse abuse surfaces

The exaggerated and artificial gait that results from soring is referred to as the “Big Lick,” and it has been rewarded in the Tennessee walking horse industry in particular. Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Recent developments in a case involving a Tennessee walking horse named Honors, who was crowned champion despite clear evidence that he was a victim of cruel soring, highlight the urgent need for Congress to swiftly pass the Prevent All . . . 

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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

When we found these puppies, they were covered in tar that was fast hardening up around their tiny bodies. Had we not intervened, they would have almost certainly died. Photo by HSI

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the video below, were completely covered in the sticky black . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

Grace Kelly Herbert, one of 14 recipients of our Advocates We Love awards, with her dog, Victoria, who has inspired a bill in Pennsylvania to ban puppy mill sales in pet stores. Victoria suffers from a crippling congenital condition and the puppy miller who bred her effectively passed on the same condition, which has no cure, to hundreds of her puppies by continuing to breed Victoria again and again.

Photo courtesy Grace Kelly Herbert

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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HSUS assists more than 200 German Shepherds rescued from puppy mills in Georgia, Maryland

The Marylaand shelter only has three officers, Donald Ford, Paul Harrison and Cindy Tawes (pictured above, left, with one of the rescued dogs and with the HSUS Stop Puppy Mills team’s Meredith Blanchard). In addition to their dog law enforcement duties, the officers were doing everything from evidence collection to kennel maintenance to processing adoption applications. Cindy was even bathing the dogs herself on weekends. Photo by Shalimar Hightower/The HSUS

For dogs bred in puppy mills, there are no good days. They are crammed into small spaces, often denied basic needs like food and water and veterinary care, and they rarely, if ever, get the human companionship and enrichment that makes their lives better and . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

There are an estimated 190,000 breeding dogs kept in conditions that are barely legal at USDA-licensed puppy mills. USDA inspections, while infrequent and far from adequate, are often the only way to ensure that the animals’ most basic needs – like food, water, shelter from the cold and essential veterinary care – are met. Above, a dog at a USDA-licensed facility. Photo by USDA

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research facilities, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

As temperature dip punishingly low – accompanied by ice, snow and wind – the body count of animals left to freeze outside by owners begins to mount. Photo by iStockphoto

Late last year, Pennsylvania investigators found a dog named Cam dead and frozen solid on a heavy chain, wedged between a small dog house and a fence. He appeared to have been digging for warmth when he died. As heartbreaking as this story is, unfortunately, . . . 

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Pets in the workplace: Why we let the HSUS go to the dogs

Participants in our Pets in the Workplace program reflect the companion animal issues we work on. My dog Lilly was a street dog rescue from Trinidad and Tobago where HSI worked locally with a shelter partner. Photo by Corine Weiler/The HSUS

One of the great benefits of working at the Humane Society of the United States is that staff members can bring their pets to our offices. For me, that means Lilly, my sidekick, can come to work with me. She loves nothing more than visiting . . . 

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