HSUS Releases Horrible Hundred 2016 Puppy Mills List

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We all hate puppy mills, and while we all do our part to try to stop the sale of these puppies, we’re glad that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has provided a sampling of problem puppy mills throughout the nation.

The Horrible Hundred was compiled based on federal and/or state violations, and thanks to greater availability records in more states, the fourth annual list offers more insight as to identifying and warning the public about these breeders. And while this isn’t a fully comprehensive list, it does help pet owners avoid buying puppies from these morally corrupt operations.

Related: 10 Signs Your Dog is From a Puppy Mill

According to the data, Missouri leads the nation in terms of horrible puppy mills for the fourth year in a row, topping the list at 30 problem dealers. Following at half that number is Iowa (15), Kansas (14), Ohio (9), Nebraska and Pennsylvania (5 each). Unfortunately, some of these puppy mills aren’t getting the message, as many on the list are repeat offenders.

If the puppy mills aren’t making any changes to the level of care they’re providing, what does that mean next? The USDA has made some progress in revoking a few of the licences, but those instances are few and far between. Because the USDA only enforces the minimum care standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), these puppy mills are allowed to continue to operate while employing horrendous living and breeding conditions.

The HSUS has started a legal petition to force the AWA to improve its minimal care standards. These include more space for dogs, better vet car, regular exercise, and other much needed improvements. Until these changes have been implemented, it’s up to the consumer to put these places out of business with well-informed buying decisions. Check out the full list of Horrible Hundred 2016 puppy mill breeders – they’re listed by name and location. As well, it’s never a good idea to buy a puppy from a pet store or over the Internet. Always meet with the breeder, go to their facility and see how the dogs are being kept and treated.