CLEVELAND — The Humane Society of the United States has released its "Horrible Hundred" list when it comes to "problem puppy mills" in 2021.
16 of the nation's worst puppy mills were located in Ohio, which ranked second behind Missouri's 21.
"This year’s report uncovers dogs languishing across the country in puppy mills, many of which are licensed and still in business despite years of animal care violations, including citations for injured and emaciated dogs, dogs and puppies exposed to extreme weather, and dogs found living in filthy conditions," the Humane Society wrote in a statement.
Among the cases specifically highlighted by the Humane Society in its report was Millersburg, OH breeder Joseph A. Miller of Horseshoe Kennel. He admitted he performed an invasive dental procedure on a dog instead of taking her to a veterinarian, which resulted in her dying while she struggled in his grasp. "It appears Miller paid no serious penalty and is still licensed by the state and USDA," reports the Humane Society.
The Humane Society noted Ohio puppy mills cited were documented by state and/or USDA inspectors for various problems including keeping dogs in filthy conditions, injured dogs who hadn't received medical care and puppies freezing in cold temperatures. Several of the mills cited in Ohio are 'repeat offenders,' with Backroad Kennel of Millersburg listed as a three-time recipient of the "Horrible Hundred."
In its report, the Humane Society said the "USDA is not doing its job" to ensure healthy conditions among breeders, highlighting those who sell to pet stores and internet sites.
The Humane Society said that dogs who are born in puppy mills like those cited in this report can suffer their entire lives. Cramped, dirty conditions and dogs being sick or injured in facilities like those cited can take a "mental and physical toll" on the dogs for years to come, the Humane Society added.
For a detailed explanation of the Humane Society's findings you can read the entire report by clicking here.
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