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Puppy Mills

Gov. Christie, Protect NJ Pets!

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

If pet stores are legally allowed to use unethical and inhumane breeders and brokers and to keep those sources secret, consumers have no way of making informed decisions when they bring a new pet into their family.

A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While these laws won't keep all puppy mill puppies out of New York City pet stores, it's a critical step in the right direction. Taken together they will deeply impact the lives of dogs in puppy mills across the nation, and further New York City's reputation as a leader in animal welfare and safety.

A Lot of People Worked Together to Save About 100 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Jen Reeder | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

One of the fun things about being a pet writer is that people send me interesting story ideas out of the blue. So when I got on email on Sunday, November 23 about the rescue of almost 100 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels the day before, I started making calls to learn more.

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn't stopped so many pet stores we've investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells.

100 Dogs Rescued From Alleged Puppy Mill Will Soon 'Know What Compassion Is'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.06.2014 | Green

The dogs were found covered in layers of filth and matted hair, and underneath that, you could feel their ribcages. That's how Scotlund Haisley, pr...

For the Love of Dog, Put Us Out of Business

Robert Shapiro | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Robert Shapiro

Don't get us wrong, we love the cheer that lights up chilly December, but to the directors of a no-kill animal shelter in NYC, holidays spell little more than disaster for thousands of momentarily-loved pets in Manhattan alone.

N.C. Puppy Mill Rescue Highlights Deception, Dangers of Internet Sales of Dogs, Cats

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As our animal rescue team entered a trash- and feces-filled house last Friday to rescue more than 50 dogs and cats from an Internet pet seller in Rutherford County, N.C., they nearly stumbled over a kitten.

Show Me the Money: Corporate Ag Bankrolling Missouri's Amendment 1

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What would Amendment 1 mean in practical terms? Assuming the worst-case scenario:The state could not restrict foreign ownership of factory farms, or impose standards for animal care on these megafactories. That should concern every family farmer.

How to Fight a Puppy Mill

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Most people understand there's a difference between selling a puppy and selling a toaster oven, but do our laws? It depends where you look.

I Am a Dog: Happy Mother's Day to Rescuers

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 07.08.2014 | Good News
Maggie Van Ostrand

I am Cejas the Dog. I am grateful. Dog mothers don't have to be dogs themselves. We have birth dog mothers and then we have human Dog Mothers, the beautiful, dedicated, loving volunteers at local SPCAs, city shelters, and rescue organizations.

Puppy Mills and 101 Damnations

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In January, an inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found a four-week-old shih tzu puppy lying dead -- frozen solid -- in the outdoor portion of an enclosure of a puppy mill in Stover, Missouri -- the state with the notorious distinction of being the hub of the puppy mill industry.

Dancing With the Devil: A Puppy Mill Retailer

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 06.16.2014 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I'm proud that I live in Chicago, a city that just banned the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders (puppy mills) to Chicago retailers. I believe that this ban will be a great step toward the annihilation of the pet mill industry.

Fighting for All Animals, Everywhere

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

There will always be politicians sadly in the pocket of these interests and who use their office as a lever to attack us, or to amplify the voices of the status quo in these industries. But let them all remember that we meet these attacks with even more fierce determination to tackle the problems and the misery they've caused.

Anti-Puppy Mill Movement Gets Another Big Win

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green

In what is being heralded as a big win for animal shelters, Chicago is now the latest city to ban pet stores from selling pets from so-called "puppy m...

This Major U.S. City Could Soon Be The Next To Ban Puppy Mills

Posted 02.05.2014 | Green

Another major U.S. city could soon join an ever-growing list of about 40 in North America that have banned pet stores from selling pets sourced from f...

Thanks Cruella, But You Can Keep Your Puppy Mills

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

To have it suggested that you are in favor of puppy mills is about as ugly an accusation as you encounter in the world of animal rights or welfare: it is saying that you are in favor of the criminal abuse of animals.

A Banner Year for HSUS

Cathy Kangas | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Cathy Kangas

Many powerful lobbies pour money into legislation that harms animals. The HSUS works to defeat harmful legislation while at the same time educating the public about cruelty.

Governor Cuomo, Let Communities Protect Their Animals!

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.01.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Here in New York state, where the market for pet store puppies is enormous, it makes sense to allow our towns and cities to take steps to protect animals and consumers. It makes sense, but in New York state, it's illegal.

20K Sign A Petition To End Course That University Says Doesn't Exist

Des Moines Register | Posted 11.17.2013 | College

Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition in less than a month asking Iowa State University and a professor of veterinary medicine to end wh...

Federal Crackdown On 'Puppy Mills' Will Likely Save Thousands Of Dogs Across The Country

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.10.2013 | Good News

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will f...

Cruelty Investigation: Dogs So Matted They Couldn't Move

Carole Raphaelle Davis | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Carole Raphaelle Davis

One of the two dogs rescued from the Lancaster, Calif. shelter on July 14th couldn't even wag his tail when he was rescued. "His fur was so severe...

San Diego Bans Sale Of Dogs And Cats From Pet Stores

Posted 07.12.2013 | Good News

San Diego has now banned the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously for the ban, 1...

ASPCA Uses Photos Of Sick, Mistreated Dogs In Puppy Mills Fight

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 06.27.2013 | Green

LOS ANGELES -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick ...

Puppy Mill Horror Uncovered in Mississippi

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Puppy mills, by definition, come up short on animal welfare, taking moral and practical shortcuts in order to churn out dogs for the pet trade - by co...

San Diego Moves to Ban Puppy Mill Sales

Carole Raphaelle Davis | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Carole Raphaelle Davis

Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.