The Humane Society Releases Annual “Horrible Hundred” Pet Mill Report – Regardless of Lack Of Cooperation From USDA

WARNING: Comprises photographs that some could discover extraordinarily saddening.

Yearly The Humane Society of america releases it’s “Horrible Hundred” record – a listing of pet mills who’ve been discovered to be irresponsibly breeding pups for revenue within the U.S. The record sometimes consists of breeders with sick or injured canine, canine stored in disgusting, unsafe environments, and breeders who promote with out correct licensing – and worse offenses.

The objective of the record is to convey consideration to the pet mill drawback in america and educate these seeking to purchase. The HSUS compiles the record by researching state and federal (USDA) reviews, and warnings and violations discovered throughout inspections by state and federal authorities and takes under consideration whether or not the breeder is a “repeat offender.”

NE Dept of Ag/2017

“Diana Burden in Nebraska was discovered with extra violations in 2017, even after showing in our prior Horrible Hundred report. She was issued one other official warning by the state and ordered to downsize the kennel. Inspectors repeatedly discovered unsanitary circumstances.” – HSUS

This yr, the USDA selected to hide the names of the breeders of their information – making it tough to compile the record. The Humane Society sued the USDA for the redacted data within the requested recordsdata underneath the Freedom of Data Act, and though Congress requested that the knowledge be supplied, the USDA has but to conform. HSUS nonetheless managed to place collectively their Horrible Hundred record with assist from state information and incomplete USDA information, however lots of the dangerous breeders listed stay anonymous regardless of their detective work due to the USDA’s refusal to cooperate, and plenty of can solely be guessed.

NE Dept of Ag/2017

“Nebraska state inspectors cited a canine breeder in Fort Calhoun named Jeff Dross with “unacceptable” circumstances in July 2017. Unsanitary circumstances have been cited at this inspection, together with accumulations of feces. When state inspectors returned once more in December, there have been further violations, together with a repeat challenge with feces buildup, with pens that had not been cleaned for 5-7 days, in response to the inspection report.” – HSUS

They’d a considerably comparable challenge final yr, when the USDA eliminated animal welfare information from it’s web site, making them tougher to entry.

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HSUS expressed another considerations in regards to the angle of the USDA in direction of animal welfare lately. Not solely did the USDA select to not launch the names of pet mill violators, additionally they despatched licensees a letter stating that they have been contemplating letting them know once they would drop in for inspections upfront, which might enable dangerous breeders to cover their crimes – and will put the lives of mistreated and sick canine at quick threat. (The report reveals that it’s common for sick or injured canine to “disappear” between inspections.) The USDA additionally proposed permitting third-party teams to examine pet mills, which the HSUS says “may enable trade teams which have a monetary stake in perpetuating pet mills to be a part of the inspection course of, successfully placing the fox accountable for the henhouse.”

NE Dept of Ag/2017

“Mark Griesman operates a canine breeding facility between two areas in Nebraska. State inspectors performed a number of inspections in 2017 between the 2 properties and located quite a few points. In November 2017, when inspectors visited the Wooden River location, further violations have been famous, together with a canine named Victor that suffered from “a puncture wound underneath [the] proper eye” that had occurred two days earlier and had not been seen by a vet.” -HSUS

Additionally they report that the USDA has not revoked ANY breeder licenses since HSUS launched the 2017 Horrible Hundred Report – that is particularly troubling given the knowledge within the 2018 report. Violations embody protecting canine in buildings that reached excessive temperatures, canine who have been noticed in want quick veterinary care, deceased pets in kennels, and breeders who have been warned repeatedly however made no adjustments and proceed to function licensed pet mills.

Even with out the names of all of the breeders, HSUS is dedicated to exposing dangerous breeders and making an attempt to warn potential consumers – ultimately making life higher for all canine. They managed to tug collectively their horrible hundred record with out the complete information from the USDA, and sadly, the report solely reveals that the issue has but to go away.

  • For the sixth yr in a row, Missouri stays the highest state for dangerous breeders.
  • Ohio, which landed in a three-way-tie for second in 2017 has secured the #2 spot this yr
  • Though the USDA has not revoked any breeder licenses, the state of Pennsylvania revoked three, and drops from #2 to #four
  • Of the hundred breeders listed within the report, a couple of third have been named in earlier reviews. HSUS suspects that the proportion could also be increased however can’t make sure with out the USDA’s cooperation.
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Credit score: USDA/ 2017

“At an unidentified USDA licensed breeding kennel in Lucas, IA, an inspector discovered 17 canine needing veterinary care; ten of them disappeared earlier than the following inspection. Canine had infections and accidents, together with dental illness and a male shih tzu with a uncooked, open wound on his paw.” – HSUS

The Humane Society of america Horrible Hundred Checklist 2018:

#1. Missouri, 23 sellers
#2. Ohio, 13 sellers
#three. Iowa, 10 sellers
#four. Pennsylvania, 9 sellers
#5/#6. Kansas/Wisconsin, eight sellers every
#7/#eight. Nebraska/New York, 6 sellers every
#9. Indiana, four sellers
#10. Arkansas, three sellers
#11/#12 Georgia/South Dakota, 2 sellers every
#13/#14/#15/#16 Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, 1 seller every

Different states could also be excluded from this yr’s record primarily based on a lack of know-how. Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennesee and Texas all made the record final yr with a number of repeat offenders. (Texas had 7 dangerous breeders on the 2017 record – greater than the opposite 5 states mixed.)

You’ll be able to learn the complete report right here, however be warned that it comprises extraordinarily ugly descriptions and a few disturbing photos.

Reminder: these are solely the worst 100 – there are lots of extra pet mills on the market. It may be tough to inform whether or not a breeder truly cares for his or her animals, and plenty of of those nightmarish scenes are by no means seen by potential consumers trying so as to add a cute, cuddly pup to their household. Placing cash within the pocket of dangerous breeders solely makes the issue worse. Undertake, don’t store. 

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