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Report Uncovers Horrific Conditions in Ohio Puppy Mills

Dogs caged on uncoated wire flooring and other violations were discovered at an undisclosed Ohio kennel, according to a new report. (Ohio Department of Agriculture)
Dogs caged on uncoated wire flooring and other violations were discovered at an undisclosed Ohio kennel, according to a new report. (Ohio Department of Agriculture)
May 29, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ten Ohio dog breeders are named in a new "Horrible Hundred," report examining so-called puppy mills and dog sellers around the nation.

The sixth annual report from The Humane Society of the United States highlights allegations of cruel conditions at the facilities, which Kathleen Summers, the organization’s director of outreach, maintains are large commercial breeding operations that emphasize quantity over quality. And she says some horrific conditions were found at the Ohio facilities on the list.

"We found breeders that had injured dogs, dogs that hadn't received proper medical care, which could result in selling sick puppies to the public,” she states. “Dogs just kept in dangerous and filthy conditions and it's just not acceptable."

And about one-in-three facilities listed in the report appeared in one or more past reports and have since been found with additional violations or issues.

Summers notes the report does not list every problem dog breeding facility or even the worst of the worst, but is instead a snapshot of the scope of the problem.

It's the U.S. Department of Agriculture's responsibility to inspect dog-breeding facilities, and Summers contends the agency has slipped on enforcement. And she notes redactions on USDA reports are now hiding the names of the breeding facilities.

"Even though our tax dollars as citizens are being used to inspect the facilities, USDA is hiding the names of these violators,” she points out. “So your average person who does want to buy a puppy and wants to do their homework first can't even ensure that they're not buying from people on our list."

Summers argues both state and federal enforcement should be strengthened, but notes that puppy mills wouldn't exist if they didn't have customers.

"It is very important that people who want to buy a puppy visit their breeder in person, make sure you see how many breeding dogs they have and where those breeding dogs are living,” she stresses. “If the breeder won't show you her facility or her conditions that's a huge red flag."

According to the report, Missouri has the largest number of puppy mills with 23, followed by Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania.


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH