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New Report Chronicles Horrors Inside Puppy Mills

May 30, 2018

A new report by the Humane Society of the United States highlights inhumane conditions at America's puppy mills. 

The report lists ten Ohio mills the organization says are among the 100 worst in the nation. Nearly one-third of the mills in the report were found to have additional violations or issues, as compared with the organization's previous annnual reports. Spokesperson Kathleen Summers says these large commercial breeding operations emphasize quantity of animals over quality of care. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting puppy mills. But Summers says agency enforcement is insufficient, and redactions in USDA reports hide the names of facilities. 

In 2016, Ohio lawmakers approved and Governor John Kasich signed a bill blocking local governments from banning the purchase of dogs from puppy mills.