Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas

Our highly trained and technically certified staff is working closely with emergency officials and shelter partners to wade through flood waters and help animals stranded or in need. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, emergency officials in Horry County, South Carolina, which has been bracing for record flooding following Hurricane Florence, received a call from a couple with 12 cats. Their home was surrounded by rapidly rising waters, and they didn’t want to evacuate without making sure their . . . 

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As Hurricane Florence barrels toward East Coast, HSUS Animal Rescue Team moves to keep animals safe

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, our HSUS Animal Rescue Team is in full response mode, coordinating efforts with partners to empty shelters in the path of the storm and facilitating the transport of animals to safety. Photo by Kevin Wolf / AP images for the HSUS

As severe weather events have become more frequent and more destructive in recent years, our Animal Rescue Teams at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have not merely expanded but also learned to pivot swiftly to respond to crisis situations. . . . 

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Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing

Ending greyhound racing in Florida is especially important because this state anchors the greyhound racing industry in the United States. Florida is home to 11 of the remaining 17 dog tracks nationwide. Photo by Alamy

With less than three months to go until Election Day, the Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign in Florida is at full throttle, mobilizing public support to phase out greyhound racing in what amounts to the industry’s last redoubt. Attorneys for the state are fighting off . . . 

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Nearly 100 dogs, cats rescued from large-scale cruelty situation in Mississippi

Our Animal Rescue Team found dozens of emaciated dogs and cats on the property, including some who were sick. Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP Images for the HSUS

On the outside, it appeared to be a well-maintained property in Jones County, Mississippi, with several buildings, a neatly mowed lawn and pine trees scattered around 161 sprawling acres of land. But what our Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement officials from the Jones . . . 

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In West Virginia, a suspected puppy mill closes and most dogs, cats find homes

We assisted the Randolph County team with removing all of the animals from the puppy mill, as well as most of the dogs and cats from the shelter. Above, HSUS Director of Outreach and Research for the puppy mills campaign Kathleen Summers (left) with Animal Crimes Manager Shalimar Hightower and two of the rescued dogs. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The work we do every day requires us to be flexible and pivot at a moment’s notice when challenges arise, and thanks to our in-house experts and our vast network of partners, we are able to ensure the best outcomes for animals. Nothing highlights this . . . 

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At White House meeting, breeders and other stakeholders agree on need for puppy mill reforms

It was particularly helpful to have the dog breeders tell the USDA directly that they support higher standards for commercial breeders, busting the agency’s perception that all breeders are against reform. Photo by Amie Chou/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States fights puppy mills on many fronts, from working with local law enforcement to rescue animals in puppy mills to urging state and federal lawmakers and federal agencies to create and improve laws that protect animals in such facilities. . . . 

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Speak out to stop breed-specific discrimination

In their announcement of the policy change, Delta failed to define how they will be identifying pit bulls, which is important because the term “pit bull” isn’t actually a breed, but rather a type of dog — one that is very often misidentified. Photo by iStockphoto

Last week, Delta Airlines announced it would ban pit-bull-type dogs from flying in the cabin as service and assistance animals. In doing so, the airline is overlooking the fact that there is no evidence that a particular breed of dog bites more than another. And . . . 

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States make progress on fighting puppy mills, reducing animal testing and more

Since 2005, we’ve helped secure more than 2,000 legislative victories in the states. More than 500 of those successes have focused on companion animals.  Photo by iStockphoto

This week, Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a landmark bill that bans the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and instead encourages stores to work with animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless pets. He also approved two other animal protection bills, including one that would require that cats and . . . 

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Attacks on rescues designed to deflect attention from puppy mill abuse

The USDA is not reporting publicly the names or identities of puppy mills that have been issued a warning or found with egregious violations, including those with sick, injured and emaciated dogs. Photo by Brandon Wade/AP Images for The HSUS

A recent article in the Washington Post took a look at the notion of irresponsible rescues – specifically, self-described pet rescue groups that purchase breeder dogs at puppy mill auctions, based on the premise that they are “used up” and therefore being rescued, not purchased. Reporter Kim Kavin studied the invoices from the two big . . . 

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The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

The HSUS regularly used the records to document cruelty and suffering, such as our annual Horrible Hundred reports that warn consumers about puppy mills with welfare concerns. Photo by Amie Chou/The HSUS

In February 2017, shortly after the new administration took office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, without prior notice, removed from its website thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection and enforcement records. These were public records, many containing descriptions of animal neglect and suffering at puppy mills, roadside zoos, research laboratories, and . . . 

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